Archive for May, 2012
As a resident of Wake County, I’d like to see the mass transit plan for Wake County on the November ballot
There was an important message brought to light in the Editorial Section of the N&O this morning regarding transit for us in Raleigh / Wake County.
The Editorial references our right to vote on transit in the general election this November. Whether you are for or against mass transit for our region, the question is shouldn’t our county commissioners give us as residents a right to vote our preference during a scheduled election? The general elections is when most people vote. If it’s not on the November ballot, it would then require a special vote, that typically brings a small percentage of voters to the pole.…[ Read More → ]
Being an avid runner and biker, I’ve continued to watch the development of the House Creek Greenway over the last months. This has sometimes involved climbing down steep ravines or getting into tall weeds to avoid muddy tracks, but I’ve been counting the weeks until this critical connection would be finished. House Creek Trail will provide a major linkage of two greenway systems, allowing users like me to traverse across the city on either the Walnut Creek system (15.2 miles) or the Crabtree Creek system (17.9 miles). While only 3 miles long, this trail provides an important connection between both greenway systems, creating a continuous greenway that extends a combined total of 36 miles. It also provides residents in north Raleigh a much needed bicycle and pedestrian route into Umstead Park.…[ Read More → ]
We have lived downtown for six years, and continue to hear all about the new restaurants and bars opening up. These amenities provide great entertainment for us and I love the energy and the enthusiasm, but I was more excited about hearing the news that we have new doctors downtown providing primary care. That’s right, we now have a primary care physician practice downtown—four doctors to be exact. Having a critical service like this is an important addition for the residential base downtown. You can be sure it didn’t take me long to walk down and sign up. I have been a patient with Dr.…[ Read More → ]
Many people love to come downtown to “play”, enjoying the entertainment and dining choices that a city has to offer, but when considering where they call home, they assume that urban living is too expensive. Let’s take a closer look.
You don’t need the same size house if you live downtown.
It’s true that the cost of living downtown is in most cases higher on a per square foot basis, but that should not be surprising. Raleigh is no different than most other urban centers where land values create a higher density environment. Buildings go up instead of out. The benefit is that active areas within urban centers are in close proximity to each other, allowing people to walk or use public transit to get with ease from place to place where they live, work and play.…[ Read More → ]