Archive for January, 2010

DDNA Meeting Notes January 2010

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Over 30 citizens from around District D joined on January 16, 2010 for the first meeting in 2010 of the District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA). On the agenda, the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) with special guests Mitchell Silver and Christine Darges.

Handout: FAQs

Digits You Need for Your Drive

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

If you live in Raleigh, there are two numbers you should program in your mobile phone. The pothole repair line and the signal malfunction number: (more…)

5 Questions with Mitchell Silver and Ken Bowers for Raleigh planning in 2010

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

With the new year starting, I thought it was a good time to find out what’s going on at Raleigh’s Department of City Planning for 2010. Lots of folks spent countless hours on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan last year and Raleigh’s New Development Code is ramping up. I sent Mitchell Silver, Director, Department of City Planning & Urban Design Center and Ken Bowers, Deputy Director, Department of City Planning the following questions to see what’s on tap for 2010.

1) Why is Raleigh’s New Development Code so important?

Planning and development regulations should be regularly reviewed and updated due to such things as new development trends and new environmental legislation. Although the City’s Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations have been (more…)

History: Raleigh Municipal Airport

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The new planned community of Renaissance Park that is rising in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of South Wilmington Street and Tryon Road is located on the site of the Raleigh Municipal Airport that served this area during the early decades of the airline industry. Dedicated in 1929, only 26 years after Wilber and Orville Wright’s historic flight on the North Carolina Outer Banks, the Raleigh Municipal Airport represented the area’s leap into the future of 20th– century transportation that was lauded by such local notables as Raleigh News and Observer publisher Josephus Daniels and the then Secretary of State, Thad Eure, as well as the nationally- renowned World War 1 Flying Ace, Eddie Rickenbacker who was also the owner of Eastern Airlines. But perhaps the most intriguing personality to attend the Raleigh Airport dedication was Amelia Earhart, the female flyer who captured the imagination of a generation, and who inspired other young women to move into occupations that were heretofore closed to them.

The 1929 dedication of Raleigh Municipal Airport (Paul Freeman, NC Division of Archives & History)

The 1929 dedication of Raleigh Municipal Airport (Paul Freeman, NC Division of Archives & History)