Archive for May, 2011
New UDO Zoning District “Downtown Mixed Use District” will soon become the law. Here’s what it says . . .
This is a chance for Downtown Raleigh residents to change hats, and imagine how urban planners prepare the ground for future city development. What is critical to preserve, and what ensures an environment that is both business and resident friendly?
Like other zoning districts within the new Unified Development Code (UDO), the Downtown Mixed Use zoning district will not just guide the future development of our city, it will define in great detail what can be done, and where.
Downtown mixed use coding is intended to accommodate the most intense mixed use and mixed housing options in the city, and implement the Central Business District land use category within Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
Does your neighborhood have a good system for communicating? Are you able to quickly get answers to neighborhood questions? If not, read on.
Today, simple web based tools allow neighborhood organizations the opportunity to set up online discussion forums and electronic bulletin boards to foster communication with and among residents. And best of all, many of these systems are completely free to set up and operate!
While you may not run into your neighbors enough to be on a first name basis, you’ve probably at times wanted to share information with others who obviously have common concerns and experiences. Living in the same environment, you can obviously learn some useful things about maintenance issues or maybe just an answer to the question, “What was that strange noise last night”? And the need for a conversation only increases if you live in a multi-unit building, where you share common space and services. But all too often the communication doesn’t happen, either because residents don’t see each other or don’t feel they know each other well enough to have these conversations.…[ Read More → ]
It’s no secret that the web and mobile apps have made our lives more convenient. From banking to maps to the totally unnecessary but fun apps like Ocarina – many people can’t imagine their life without internet access or apps. So what’s missing? Why doesn’t Raleigh have more apps?
Think about what bothers you most about your neighborhood. Have you done anything about it? Why not?
Stick with me here.
When most people think of government, they think bureaucracy and politics. At the city level, they pick up your trash, clean up your parks, maintain the sidewalks, and all the things that you encounter on a weekly, if not, daily basis.…[ Read More → ]