The State of Things interview of Smedes York on WUNC-FM is still posted. It contains a wealth of information about the history of Raleigh. Here is the link for those of you who missed its broadcast.
Fallonia finds the big picture ironic, that she would find perspective in the words of a "development" mayor. (And rapid-fire growth under a neighborhood mayor).
(paraphrased for context) There are a lot of great reasons why people want to move here, and these are the same reasons why the people who live here want to stay here. ... We are going to grow, and the only reason we would not is because we mess it up ... and the problem with that is if we mess it up, we mess it up for the people who live here as well.
Monday, November 05 2007
Smedes York knows a thing or two about being part of a family business. His grandfather, C.V. York started The York and Cobb Construction Company in 1910, and his father, J. Willie York, developed Raleigh's Cameron Village. But his involvement in the community extends far beyond the multi-generation family construction business. He has established a long record of civic involvement that includes serving as Raleigh’s mayor from 1979 to 1983. Smedes York joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the family business and how the Yorks have shaped Raleigh's development.