Archive for April, 2010
Taking in the view from the terrace of my condo on Glenwood South, I can see many acres of underutilized land. Though my street has been transformed into a bustling entertainment district, the tract of land on the northeast corner of Glenwood South has not yet been touched by our Downtown’s development. But from my viewpoint, I see a frontier of possibility.
Arial map shows blocks bounded by Capital Boulevard to the east, the rail spine to the south, West Street to the west, and Peace Street to the north.
Buildings today mainly used to house various city/county services, along with some remaining warehouses.
(The West condos were under construction when this photo was taken, as shown on the right side of the map.)
This tract of land is clearly underutilized when considering its location, adjacent to Downtown’s northern gateway, and flanked by the heavily developed Glenwood South and the Blount Street Commons development underway further to the east.
I’m reminded of the vision of Dan Douglas for the Downtown’s northern gateway, where the “grungy highway” of Capital Boulevard would be replaced with “a tree-lined boulevard, with stoplights, sidewalks and cross streets that connect to a pair of new frontage streets parallel to the train tracks, perhaps including a street car line up the middle”.
If this could happen to Capital Boulevard, then what could happen with this tract of land, here on the northeast corner of Glenwood South? I envision a mixed use area, with lots of retail including a full service grocery store, an area with easy walking access from the Capital district and the rest of Glenwood South, served by underground parking and a pedestrian bridge that would link to the nearby Seaboard Station.…[ Read More → ]
We’ve all heard about Raleigh’s extensive greenway system, but also that many many sections of the greenway have yet to be connected. So when I attended a ceremony for the opening of a small section of the greenway near Downtown and was told by one of the engineers that you can now use the greenways to travel uninterrupted (off-street) from Downtown to Umstead Park, I was skeptical . . but it’s true!
It can be difficult to follow the greenways when they emerge onto a street without any indications if or where they continue, and with the lack of sufficient detail on city maps, it can make it almost impossible to locate connections. So I was determined to test this engineer’s claim of being able to travel from my Downtown home to Umstead Park. After studying the city’s greenway maps, I prepared a series of Google Earth printed maps and armed with a camera, I was off on my journey.…[ Read More → ]
Have you ever noticed the number of runners Downtown on a Monday evening? Meet Pete Pagano, owner of Tir na nOg, whose sister’s inspiration started a Raleigh tradition!
DLA members, Ryan Craig and Julie Johnson Babb, caught up with Pete this week to ask him about this, as well as his general impressions of Downtown life.
Ryan: I’ve heard about the nOg run club you host here at Tir na nOg. Tell me a little more about that.
Pete: Well, my sister originally came up with the idea. We partnered with Fleet Feet Sports and at our first monthly meeting we expected around 20 people to show up. We were really surprised when it was more like 60 people! The demand grew so we started meeting every other week and now we meet every Monday night at 6:00 PM. It’s just really a lot of fun, nothing serious. It’s grown so much we get about 300+ runners every Monday night and we just started our second year. It’s really fun to see tons of people running through Downtown Raleigh on a Monday night wearing Tir na nOg shirts.…[ Read More → ]