SORRY IF THIS CLOGS UP THE FORUM!
I am not from Boston, I am from Maine, a small country town in Maine. It was an awful place to live. I would often spend time in Boston, it is where all of my family went to and is going to school, it is where my dad was born, and it is an awesome place in general. There are some cons of Boston But I like it.
Raleigh is a much better investment than Boston, Raleigh has lower crime rates, and Raleigh has friendlier people.
I was given the option to select a few southern cities where I could live, and then after a few years live anywhere I wanted to (This is complicated, don’t ask) I chose Raleigh over Charlotte, ATL, Jacksonville, etc. because I thought the crime rate was lower, the traffic was better, and there was a lot of hope in the development world.
I do not care if Raleigh ever looks like Boston or ATL, I just want Raleigh’s Downtown to continue to progress. Yes the FNB tower is nice, Yes the Dillion is nice, I feel we may be on the cusp of greatness. However, there are some severe issues that worry me.
#1. Lack of public transit that has a SOLID BREAK GROUND DATE.
#2. Economic recession stopping construction that can propel Raleigh to where I and many others would be satisfied.
#3. Politics and Poor funding blocking development and public transit.
If 400h, 301, two Glenwood, Smokey hollow P3, Union Station Transit thingy, N&O site, New Bern BRT, 540 Completion, Tower 5 (32 stories North Hills), and MLS all START construction within a reasonable time I would be more than overjoyed to stay here. Also, even if only 5-8 of these even start, I would still be overjoyed.
I am just worried that these will fall through, I love Raleigh now, but I need a more urban feel that I am certain these projects can bring.
This does not include all projects because it is an example.