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Old 05-23-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Here is one to thing about. If you could develop the ultimate community here in the triangle what would it consist of?

Would it considered rural, suburb, city, or something in between?
Would it have single family homes or would it be multi family units only?
Would it have its own mass transit or community owned bikes and eco-friendly vehicles system?
Would it produce its own percentage of community energy use? Solar/Wind
Would it have its own recycling center?
What type of jobs would be allowed in this 'new' community? retail, office, services, hospital(s), light industry, eco-friendly only industry?
Would there be a centralized parks system that all can use without having to travel and use fuels to get there?
Would this community obtain benefits from electricity and gas companies due to them requiring less resources than the communities built today?
Would this community be built totally new away from current development or near to supplement current communities?
Would it only have 'Community' School where children can attend within their communities. Buses used for trips and school activities only? Based on that would tax rates be lower due to less operating cost?

....or am I just dreaming on this Friday the start of the Holiday weekend? What are your 'thoughts' of a new community?

For those that can remember living in cities of yester year the above sounds pretty much the way cities were with exception to its power needs. Are we headed back to the Future?
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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Would this community obtain benefits from electricity and gas companies due to them requiring less resources than the communities built today?
This makes no sense to me. These are for profit companies. They have certain fixed cost to deliver service. If you using less, they are making less and the fixed cost is spread over a smaller bill.
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:20 PM
 
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For me, my neighborhood is pretty close to my idea of a perfect. It is a neo-traditional neighborhood with sidewalks and walking paths, a lake, playgrounds, a nice pool, etc. A neighborhood school (even if not officially) and a neighborhood day care. A village center with some shops (I remain hopeful this will improve). I can take a short bus line to work or ride my bike if I opt not to drive. And it is a short drive if I do drive (I put ~6K miles on my car in a year, versus most people averaging more like 12K). I am short drive to shopping needs.

My neighbors are friendly and active. There is a real sense of community. It is the sort of neighborhood that makes you proud that your kids are growing up in it. Very safe.

It is well served by highways and major roads for those occasions where I want to go into bigger downtowns. There is tons of greenway around, plus the American Tobacco Trail. The airport is quite convenient.

The homes themselves are very nice and give a great combination of luxury and value. I can easily see myself staying in the home for 20-30 years.

The jobs nearby are highly skilled and pay very well. The base of jobs is nicely diversified. The population is quite educated.

To me those are the important things and I have them now.
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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I know I don't live there anymore; but if I had to pick an ideal neigbhorhood after living in many different areas of the triangle, as random as it may sound, I would pick Walden Creek in Apex. A nice siize, not giant like Lochmere and Preston, but not just some raondomly placed circle of houses with a couple culdescas strewn out the edges; and a reasonable range in size and price of traditional looking houses. The most convenient location at 55 and 64 in Apex (which IMO is the most liveable town in Wake County..atleast it used to be). It's new-ish (late 90's/2000) but still established, lots of trees. Seemed like most of the familes there fit out demographic as well (married couples with kids in their teens or middle school, my oldest two kids had several friends in that neighborhood). Before we decided to move back to NY, Walden Creek was our main focus for a neighborhood to buy in Apex.
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Here is one to thing about. If you could develop the ultimate community here in the triangle what would it consist of?

Would it considered rural, suburb, city, or something in between?
Would it have single family homes or would it be multi family units only?
Would it have its own mass transit or community owned bikes and eco-friendly vehicles system?
Would it produce its own percentage of community energy use? Solar/Wind
Would it have its own recycling center?
What type of jobs would be allowed in this 'new' community? retail, office, services, hospital(s), light industry, eco-friendly only industry?
Would there be a centralized parks system that all can use without having to travel and use fuels to get there?
Would this community obtain benefits from electricity and gas companies due to them requiring less resources than the communities built today?
Would this community be built totally new away from current development or near to supplement current communities?
Would it only have 'Community' School where children can attend within their communities. Buses used for trips and school activities only? Based on that would tax rates be lower due to less operating cost?

....or am I just dreaming on this Friday the start of the Holiday weekend? What are your 'thoughts' of a new community?

For those that can remember living in cities of yester year the above sounds pretty much the way cities were with exception to its power needs. Are we headed back to the Future?
This is easy! My perfect neighborhood already exists. It is the Historic Neighborhood of Cameron Park in Downtown Raleigh. Living there would provide me the joy having the best of both worlds by being extemely close to the Urban core of downtown Raleigh while enjoying a single family house with a yard for a garden and mature landscaping. I could ride my bike to work each day and my wife could undoubtly get a job in the nearby shops of cameron village which she could walk to. We would have easy access to downtown and could walk to cameron village to shop / dine / buy groceries / and get online at the public library to post on city-data.

There is one obstacle that stands between me and my dream to live in Cameron Park. $$$$$
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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"...where they hung the jerk that invented work..."


or, alternatively,

Anywhere my Sweetie wants to be...
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:50 PM
 
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To Dire Wolf: And what community would that be?
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:55 PM
 
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I'm in Carpenter Village.

Also, forgot to mention I have a public library that is a 3-4 minute walk away. Another big plus.
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Old 05-23-2008, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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There is one obstacle that stands between me and my dream to live in Cameron Park. $$$$$
You got that right

But, we do have a Lottery now...
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:01 PM
 
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I love Cameron Park, but it has two issues beyond the initial affordability for me:

1) I've owned an old, historic home before. I'm glad I had the experience, but never again. The recurring maintenance headache was just too much for me. And not just the cost aspect of that.

2) Commute. If I worked ITB it would be great. I used to dream of buying a home there or Hayes Barton when I worked at Centennial Campus awaiting my startups IPO that would make me wealthy (that never happened obviously). But if I had to commute daily down I-40 to RTP I think I would go nuts. As long as I still have to work, my current location is the best overall choice. Commuting in to Raleigh isn't so bad if I had to do it. I can easily get to RTP, Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh from here for work.
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