So, on one hand, I too see a lot of potential for positive change as a result of the DMV relocating, and I’m very hopeful that this relocation will allow the current DMV site to be redeveloped with housing that will increase density and create more affordable options in Raleigh.
But I think that we should all be mindful of how changes in neighborhoods that we don’t live in (based on what your phrasing suggests) will impact the people who do live there. Notwithstanding my cautious optimism about this change, I can understand why local residents would be concerned, not just about the jobs, but also about gentrification and displacement. When neighborhoods transform, sometimes they transform in ways that are not entirely positive for existing residents.
I don’t think that the solution to this problem is to try to keep neighborhoods locked in amber, of course. But I do hope that once this land is redeveloped, it’s redeveloped in way that maximizes equity and helps to ensure that the transformation is as beneficial to existing residents as possible.