Serious Lack of Design Innovation Plagues Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh’s rapid growth is clearly visible. Our major streets are changing before our eyes. And a disturbing trend has begun to reveal itself.

Downtown Raleigh is being transformed by repetitive, five-story, stick-built apartments atop concrete parking structures. Residents enter them by car, not from the sidewalk. In block after block along Hillsborough Street, Oberlin Road, Wilmington and St. Mary’s streets, these uninspiring structures contrast with the well-designed historic buildings that once defined the downtown district.

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Unparking UNC, an Op-Ed for the Independent Weekly

More than a bold vision for one university, the new Chapel Hill campus could become a model for containing sprawl in the Triangle's cities and towns. Walkable town patterns are being urgently discussed throughout the region today, as planners seek to replace sprawl with intelligent growth. The key, of course, is figuring out what to do about all those cars. And the success of UNC's plan will depend on how it deals with the 17,000 already parked on campus every school day.

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Service at Circular Congregation Church

While he lived at Walden Pond, Thoreau wrote that “every child begins the world again, to some extent, and loves to stay outdoors, even in wet and cold.” As a child growing up in North Carolina, my favorite activities were outdoors, under the trees. Most of what I know as an architect I first learned playing along the banks of a stream in Greensboro.

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