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Old 04-23-2014, 10:45 PM
 
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This is my test of a neighborhood. Look at the closest shopping district or center and the stores it has. Police sub station , furniture rental,sweepstakes,check cashing places, ever changing nightclubs, seedy gas stations etc... With the exception of the pizza place thats basically what brentwood shopping center has. The main center is going to provide the goods the community around it warrants, Come to your own conclusion. its a bad sign when the main center cannot obtain an anchor store not even a food lion. Im not sure if Dollar general is even still there.

i was a brentwood resident in the early and mid eighties. this was before any latino wave or superwalmarts...or walmarts of any sort if i remember right.

police of the day can tell you that there was a steady drug trade there, then, some violence with nearby neighborhoods and theft and vandals and backyard watchable porn at the forest drive inn. i was there.

if by brentwood shoppign center you are referring to the one near brentwood apt on new hope church road, there was a grocer there years back..and a pizza hut and a local bar called the wooden nickel (a popular place) and a fast fare conveiience store. i had my bicycle stolen there wheil delivering newspapers to the residents there. but generally a nice place.

there was a shopping center at captal and huntleigh called something that had a old regional retaliler called kings...they left and hechinger hardware moved in and the winn dixie grocer left and remeined vacant even back then for some time until bad-bird food lion made a stand there. even then gay bars and beach music bars in the shopping center came and went.

in general, the area may have been kept up better decades back.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:57 PM
 
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if i remember correctly the exchange club had a few police meetings back around 1983.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:01 PM
 
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brentwood was a sought after middle class neighborhood in the 70 and 80s...i lived there then.

some areas continued an upward desirability trajecotry...near glenwood ave and such...brentwood and others seemed to have lost desirability if statements are true.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:06 PM
 
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Do many of the homes have aluminum wiring?

That would be a serious negative and dangerous if not fixed.

The 60's - 70's were the time this serious construction error commonly occurred.

i lived there in the early 80s and i dont recall any hazards. a well built house on huntleigh and never any electrical issues or fires.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:10 PM
 
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Do many of the homes have aluminum wiring?

That would be a serious negative and dangerous if not fixed.

The 60's - 70's were the time this serious construction error commonly occurred.
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I think you hit the nail on the head here. There's very few neighborhoods left where you can find Victorians. There's plenty of neighborhoods where you can find brick ranches. Some people are willing to put up with higher crime to have a one of a kind home within walking distance of museums, Fayetteville Street, etc. Brentwood has to compete with many, many other neighborhoods that have the same sort of homes and amenities. I also think for many years now anything off of Capital Blvd has been seen as undesirable. I sometimes wonder if Capital Blvd cleaned itself up if that would increase the desirability of neighborhoods beside it.
i lived in brentwood in the early 80s. the shopping center at huntleigh and capital looke almost the same...the kangaroo station across was a goodman toyota...a bland white building, there was a mcdonalds and a old motel that people lived in. across from that was ill kept starmount shopping center. up north a bit was the back of the forest drive theatre screen and butcher block restaurant. it was still heavily developed then and never an attractive road. but perhaps more desirable then than now.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:16 PM
 
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I live in Cary. In a working class, racially, sexually, culturally and economically diverse neighborhood not much unlike Brentwood. There are actually lots of neighborhoods like this in Cary. We know all of our neighbors, and pretty much everyone in the surrounding community. We have more culturally owned, diverse businesses than I can count. Cary's sign ordinances really don't affect that at all. We even have crime in my neighborhood! Stereotypes work both ways.
I think the houses in Brentwood are fine (i have a 70's ranch myself). I just despise the Capitol Blvd corridor and don't want to live anywhere near it.


we have more culturally owned,....

hookah shops??? is culturally owned somehow more noble than other type of owned ness?? good god.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:22 PM
 
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Stepford = Cary's unusually strict development/sign ordinances influence otherwise diverse looking businesses into a more visually conforming appearance. No, there is no mass conspiracy of men turning women into robots and controlling them. As I understand it, the word has come to symbolize striving for an unobtainable ideal, conformity, which may be applicable depending on interpretation of Cary.

Speaking frankly, Stepford is button-pushing word I used intentionally. Those in wealthier neighborhoods flood this board with slanderous comments about working class neighborhoods. As if we live in these blood-stained rat holes that no sane person should ever consider (exaggeration, I'm trying to describe an emotion). In reality, affordable neighborhoods could be a solution to many seeking advice on this board. Lots of us are quite happy with where we live. Including Brentwood, as hard as that is for some to understand (which it shouldn't be).

Do I hate Cary? Of course not. I lived there for 18 months and it was actually quite pleasant, but not for me. I found people less friendly. I had a tough time meeting my neighbors. People kept to themselves. Again, just my experience, I'm sure there are other neighborhoods that are much warmer, but I didn't find those, so I left. I find parts of downtown Cary to be nice. The older parts. Good bones. I hope the town continues their redevelopment efforts.

No doubts, B&E is a personal trauma, but everyone responds differently. Leave room for others to respond in their own way. Don't write off entire sections of a city. It's worth pointing out that blocks near downtown Raleigh can change quickly. Some parts of Glascock Street sell for over $350k now and are quite desirable.

Diversity = Many kinds, more than just racial. Personally, I enjoy the kind of economic diversity most commonly found in working class neighborhoods. Certainly, Cary is definitely more racially diverse than people give it credit for, but that's not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for poor, working class and affluent all living in close quarters. I find that inspiring. That's just me.
I enjoy the kind of economic diversity most commonly found in working class neighborhoods.


until the litter and tires rolled off of pick up trucks break you lower level windows. or the jamacain kids throw rocks at your visually impaired parents walking to the grocer. etc
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