Archive for December, 2010
If you’ve waited at the R Line stop by Moore Square Bus Station, you’ve probably noticed what the architect, Roberta Fox is addressing in her preliminary studies for revamping the area. Hired by the city to spur a master redevelopment plan in the 1st quarter of 2011, Roberta has built a model of the station and surrounding area. Using the model, which includes interlocking pieces that can be moved around, Roberta showed me some of her ideas that would improve capacity for handling more bus traffic and parking within the facility.
My query started with David Eatman, City of Raleigh Transit Administrator. David explained that the Moore Square Station did indeed present some challenges for the city. CAT buses idle on Wilmington and Blount Streets, queuing there because there aren’t enough parking spaces within the facility. Looking out ten years, David says that 40-80 more buses will be required to handle the projected increase in population.…
It was last Monday at lunch time that my husband and I noticed a new restaurant sign next door to Jibarra, in the Depot area of Raleigh’s downtown Warehouse District. Finding the doors to Jibarra locked, we walked down the porch to explore what might be waiting behind the enigmatic, but enticing sign, Blue.
There we found not just a new restaurant, but people who seemed immediately like old friends. The first question we asked Maurizio Privilegi and his wife, Patrizia was why Blue? And their answer intrigued us. “Blue,” they both chimed in, “It can be Italian.…[ Read More → ]
The DLA has just launched a new web-based and smart phone compatible tool specifically designed for Downtown residents called SeeClickFix. Our unique pedestrian lifestyle makes using this tool a huge benefit for residents and also the City of Raleigh.
Walking down the sidewalk in your neighborhood and find you have to dodge overhanging branches or shrubbery that has taken over the sidewalk? SeeClickFix! Maybe a street light is out, or vandals have graffitied a wall you pass by. Or, you have an idea for increasing pedestrian safety, such as a new stop sign or cross walk. Now you can take action on the spot, reporting it to city authorities in less time than it takes you to gripe about it! I’ve been testing out this system for the past month, and the city is 4-4 in responding immediately to my “clicks” and soon after the issues were fixed!…[ Read More → ]