Archive for April, 2012
Save the date for CityCamp Raleigh 2012: June 1, 2, and 3.
CityCamp Raleigh is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of our city. Who should attend? Concerned and active citizens like yourself. Anyone with an idea on how to make Raleigh a better place to live. Youth who want to get more involved.
The planning committee is working on all the details, but attendees can expect a similar format from our first CityCamp—a day of talks on Friday afternoon, an unconference on Saturday, and teams working on solving a city-wide opportunity on Sunday.…[ Read More → ]
This is a guest post provided by Sandra Simpson at Greetings from Green NC, a new site about sustainable practices and food around the triangle. I challenged Sandra to come up with a list of things to do for Earth Day and here is her list.
Downtown Raleigh NC rocks, and when it comes to observing Earth Day, there are many choices to be enjoyed-not just on April 22nd, but all month long. Here are my top ten picks for saying, “thanks Mother Earth.”[ Read More → ]
There’s a new project that’s growing some legs in downtown Raleigh. Link Peace Street is a vision from Raleigh residents for a more walkable environment on Peace Street. It coincides with the Capital Boulevard Corridor Study and hopes to put another alternative onto the table that is currently not being considered. I’m helping out with the effort and the core focus of it revolves around creating a plan for an at-grade intersection at Capital Boulevard and Peace Street.
Over the next few days, more information will be put onto the vision website of Link Peace Street so I encourage readers to check out the site we’ve built and sign up for updates.…[ Read More → ]
Joe Minicozzi, a new projects manager of a firm which drove the revitalization of downtown Asheville has taken his show on the road, convincing other cities:
If you’ve got underutilized buildings in your downtown, do anything you can to fix them up, because that’s where your wealth comes from.
The bottom line is that per acre, high density areas have the potential to generate much more public wealth than low-density subdivisions or massive suburban malls. Taking into consideration the revenue they bring in, downtowns cost considerably less to maintain in public services and infrastructure.
Growth in low density development works like a pyramid scheme.
Low density development isn’t just a poor way to make property-tax revenue, it’s extremely expensive to maintain. In fact, it could only be feasible if we’re expanding development at the periphery into eternity, forever bringing in revenue from new construction, helping to pay for the existing subdivisions we’ve already built.…[ Read More → ]