Not trying to say we need a tower there, so I apologize if it came across that way, but we’re talking about a parcel bounded by two relatively high-volume streets, two blocks from the densest (jobs-wise) corridor of the city, one block from a potential mega-redevelopment of the Lincoln Theatre area, and two blocks from one of the city’s two major transit hubs. Townhomes aren’t gonna cut it for me. Way too exclusionary and not dense enough for such a desirable location. A seven story wood-frame building with ground floor retail would be absolutely fine.
Do not slap me, but if you want a single family home with a yard, move to the burgs. Or be willing to accept apartment buildings around you. Do not try to choke off center city growth cause want to have best? of both worlds burg living and center city amenities.
9 months later…
I guess i’ll change my tune slightly and say I’d rather see the parcels subdivided and built up with high density buildings on a smaller/more human scale. This big box crap like the Lincoln are painful to look at. Anyways, I already have a single family in Downtown (sort of but close enough). Would be nice though if more people decided to raise families in the city.
Exactly, I’m not trying to be harsh but, move somewhere else if you have a problem with massive growth. Move to Rolesville or something. This plot is only two blocks away from Fayetteville St. and should not be limited to trashy or even fancy, extremely small mediocre buildings.
Oh my - raise your hand if you didn’t grow up on a farm and lived your entire life in an urban setting. this guy. 90% of you “urbanists” here in Raleigh are just getting your feet wet so back up a few steps. Single family homes have a place in the city and no one wants to raise a family in a place like the Lincoln. I’m not saying they don’t have a reason for existence - I just hate them…a lot. Especially the ones with the faux balconies.
Let’s keep it on topic.
Those just getting their feet wet will shout ‘paradox’, but ‘low density urban’ and ‘high density suburban’ are concepts you should familiarize yourself with. Oakwood. North Hills. Prime exhibits. Everything with a square block ain’t gotta have a thousand story building. Most areas abutting the belt line are signing their death warrant when they get one. Medium density across an urban grid with urban land use planning is really what you want. Thats whats best on most every front. That’s what cities used to be. Cars changed all of that. Take away cars and think about what works. Walkable radii connected by high capacity modes, with undisturbed green in between.