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Old 04-28-2017, 10:34 AM
 
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On the positive side the surfing parking lots are kind of like a blank canvas. With some imagination and cash those can really be transformative in terms of bringing residents and retail back to downtown.
I do imagine what they would look like if they rebuilt the buildings they tore down. Imagine turn of the century Dallas built in the 21st century lol. Anyways, they're slowly disappearing either for new parks or new buildings (that are pedestrian oriented), but it takes a long time. You can't force the owners to sell them, but the pressure is building. On the plus-side, retail is beginning to return thanks to the new Forty Five Ten (although they replaced an older building for it). It's on Main St., which already has the flagship Neiman Marcus, hotels, several restaurants & bars, a couple small parks, etc.

You can pretty much ditch your car if you live and work in Downtown. It's idling at that tipping point where it's gained enough residents and walkable amenities to begin to spur a boom.... kind of like slowly going up the incline of a roller coaster.
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Old 04-28-2017, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh is overall a very nice place to live, but I have to agree with the commonly heard criticism that it is a little bland, thus the one thing I would change is that I would like Raleigh to have some kind of signature destination/attraction with a real sense of place. It would be awesome if there was some historic thing that people loved doing/going to in Raleigh (like the French Quarter in NOLA, Central Park in NYC, the art deco historic district in Miami, the Strip in Vegas, San Antonio's Riverwalk, etc).

In 2015 the City acquired Dix Park which is over 300 acres of beautiful rolling land less than three miles from the heart of downtown. Maybe that can eventually become Raleigh's signature destination.

Other than that, a major water feature would be awesome, and the city could certainly use better public transportation.
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Old 04-28-2017, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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Economic and population growth. Should be competing with Charlotte, Nashville, Austin etc.
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Old 04-28-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Baltimore - Richmond
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It is extremely hard to get developments approved due to extreme NIMBYism. They recently withdrew a proposal for a downtown high rise to preserve a historic parking garage. I would change the local's view of change along with public transportation
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Old 04-28-2017, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The progressive liberal politics. The elitist belief that everything in life is for free and people don't have to work for it. The city has become a mini-NYC.
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Old 04-28-2017, 04:23 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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The entrance to our post office is dangerous after they fixed it so the ditch was deeper and made the entrance smaller. It needs a culvert installed and the entrance widened before it causes a wreck.
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Old 04-28-2017, 04:27 PM
 
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It is extremely hard to get developments approved due to extreme NIMBYism. They recently withdrew a proposal for a downtown high rise to preserve a historic parking garage. I would change the local's view of change along with public transportation
Historic parking garage? . Wouldn't it have lost its historic status once it became a parking garage?
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Old 04-28-2017, 04:30 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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It is extremely hard to get developments approved due to extreme NIMBYism. They recently withdrew a proposal for a downtown high rise to preserve a historic parking garage. I would change the local's view of change along with public transportation
I'd love to hear the story on this one. What makes it historic? Was it a historic building that later was converted for use as a parking garage?
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Old 04-28-2017, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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LA has a "historic" parking garage as well! Hasn't stopped any developments, but it has a plaque on the corner listing its date (1949) and the architects.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/nathanm...ntown-l-a/amp/

One of the architects also designed the Capitol Records building in Hollywood.
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Baltimore - Richmond
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Historic parking garage? . Wouldn't it have lost its historic status once it became a parking garage?
Proposal to build residential tower on Grace Street withdrawn, but developer says he'll continue pursuing project | City of Richmond | richmond.com

Nothing historic ever happened in this location. It is an art deco style parking garage, sigh.
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