Archive for September, 2010
Click the image for a larger, full view of the plan.
The concept plan for Moore Square was released. This plan was the one used during the public workshop on September 9th, 2010. Some of the major changes are a central lawn, a concession stand, and restroom facilities.
What do you think?…[ Read More → ]
Don’t Let the Train Pass You By: Public Workshop Coming Up, and This Time It’s Not About High-Speed Rail
Join me in the vision: commuter rail carrying workers from Downtown Raleigh to RTP and government workers from their homes in Cary/Apex to Downtown Raleigh; and light rail taking shoppers from Downtown Raleigh to Triangle Town Center, and transporting visitors from Cary/Apex to Downtown Raleigh.
With all the press lately about high-speed rail, it’s easy to get confused about the various transit initiatives. (See Buses,Trains and Automobiles.. All Aboard Raleigh’s Public Transport Network for a review of the different transport initiatives underway in Raleigh.)
There’s a Public Workshop coming up on Tuesday, but no talk about high-speed rail pathways here. Instead, this workshop will be about the Triangle Regional Transit Program (TRTP) that focuses on the vision for enhanced bus services (in separate, dedicated lanes), commuter rail corridors (on existing freight tracks), and light rail (on new tracks) that will serve residents in Wake, Durham and Orange Counties. Click here for more information on the various types of transit technologies.…[ Read More → ]
If you live or work Downtown, you might have noticed the Hamlin Drug Store Segway buzzing by on its way to deliver medicine to a nearby resident. Hamlin Drug Store at 126 East Hargett Street (map) has never been one to follow the trend. This is something that has long delivered not just pride, but success to the Dr. John Johnson family, whose generations continue to work together to meet the needs of their customers.
Last week as Brian Reece and I collected stories to capture the history of this Downtown landmark, Dr. Johnson’s daughter Mischelle, announced proudly that her father had never sold tobacco products. Her father smiled at that. His daughter’s memory didn’t go back far enough to cover the full 53 years that he’d been in business.…
Considering Raleigh’s High Speed Rail Alternatives: The New NC4 Avoidance Alternative Needs to be Studied.
You probably notice the signs posted along Glenwood Avenue in the neighborhoods around Five Points that vehemently oppose the option of NC3, and if you talk to neighbors in Glenwood South, you’ll hear them just as emphatically speak in favor of it.
Writing not as a DLA member, but as an interested and informed Downtowner, my main objective at this point is to say, let’s take time to consider an option that offers a livable alternative for both Five Points and Downtown.
While we were all focused on the debate between the two alternatives for Raleigh as presented by the SEHSR Project Team at the public hearing back on July 26th, a new option suddenly surfaced. This new option, initially identified as the ‘NC1&2 avoidance alternative’ at the more recent public hearing on August 31st, is now being called ‘NC4’.…[ Read More → ]
When I first began blogging, I talked about food. It’s what I know and love, and my first post was about Sosta Café. At the time I was visiting them about once a week, and to this day I still go there quite frequently and order the Poulet (curried chicken salad sandwich), although the Piedmont (Prosciutto and taleggio cheese with tomato and lettuce on ciabatta bread) is a close second. I think Sosta is a true neighborhood hangout. Spend any amount of time in there and you’ll hear Jerome or Luciano greet almost everyone by name.
Luciano hails from Southern Italy and Jerome from southern France, so it’s not too uncommon to hear multiple languages spoken in the café, quickly transporting you to another place.…