Archive for August, 2010

9-1-1 vs The Non-Emergency Number

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

On our neighborhood email list, we’ve had lots of discussion about quality of life issues such as noise complaints, parties, fireworks, parking violations etc. Needless to say, people are confused on when to dial 9-1-1 versus the non-emergency number (919) 831-6311. The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch program has helped educate neighbors about 9-1-1 and sponsored tours of the 9-1-1 center in the past.

Raleigh ECC

I decided to ask Walt Fuller, Deputy Director of Operations for Raleigh-Wake County Emergency Communications Center to help clarify some of the confusion. Our Q&A is below:

1) What happens when a call comes in to the Raleigh-Wake County Emergency Communications Center for a Raleigh Police officer? (more…)

Urban Design Lunch Forums (Fall 2010)

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

This post provided by Raleigh Department of City Planning.


Outreach and Education Fall 2010

Take a mid-day break and stop in at the Raleigh Urban Design Center to learn about and discuss issues that affect our city today and as we plan for the future.

Architecture and Urban Design

Urban design theory deals primarily with the design and management of the public realm and the way public places are experienced and used by people. Architecture is a key component of that experience. This Raleigh Urban Design Center Forum will highlight architecture and how it contributes to quality urban design, the public realm, and a sustainable Raleigh. (more…)

Tryon Road and Lake Wheeler Road Funding

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I’m sure many people are interested in both the Lake Wheeler Road improvements and the Tryon Road, Part C project. The City of Raleigh recently announced the major road projects that are to be included in their 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Both projects made the cut for phase one, which means that funds are being allocated for the projects.

What does that all mean? I’m not sure yet. But I’ve got some research to do, as I’m concerned about the coordination with Tryon Road Part C and the Tryon Road bridge. For now, check out the details for these two projects in our vicinity.


In its adopted Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the City of Raleigh continues its commitment to improving the Capital City’s major streets. (more…)

Poll: What’s Your Preferred Online Group?

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

It seems that the current hosting company has some technical limitations with our neighborhood-wide mailing list or list-serve. They impose a limit of 500 emails per hour, mostly to reduce SPAM efforts. I understand why they do this. But, as our mailing list grows in the number of subscribers and the volume of emails created, it’s causing some growing pains.

As I evaluate the available options to potentially migrate our email list, two options are at the top: Google Groups and Yahoo! Groups. Take the following poll to help us decide:

Which list-serve option would you prefer?

  • Google Groups (72%, 21 Votes)
  • Yahoo! Groups (28%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Do It Again at National Night Out 2010

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community watch -

Raleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, participated in this year’s National Night Out, a unique crime/drug prevention event, on August 3, 2010.. NNO is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Below is a recap of the evening from the perspective of the event organizer and Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch Secretary, Shelia Campbell. (more…)

City Planning Hosting Another Workshop on Transitions

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

One of the big topics that came up during the review of Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan was transitions–how one land use transitions to another type. An initial workshop was held in June, but this is an important topic. So big, it’s worthy of another session. See the information below on the next workshop and why you should participate.

Help define how Raleigh transitions land uses

Help define how Raleigh transitions land uses

Raleigh’s New Development Code

The City of Raleigh is in the process of updating its development regulations.  The City Council has authorized a second community workshop on the topic of TRANSITIONS, to be held on September 1, from 6-8 pm at the Urban Design Center, located at (more…)

When Will Avent Ferry Road Paving be Done?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

It seems to be dragging on doesn’t it? Getting Avent Ferry Road resurfaced. I jokingly say the road is better now then when it was covered with potholes. And it’s slowing cars down too. But there is hope. And I’m pretty sure, when the asphalt has cooled and the paint has dried, we’ll have a better road. In fact, parts of Avent Ferry are getting a “road diet” as the engineers like to say. The cyclists are popping wheelies!

Avent Ferry Road

Avent Ferry Road

I originally contacted some good folks over at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to see if (more…)

Call for Neighborhood Recognition Award Nominations

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Do you know an unsung hero that’s making our community a better place to live? At the September 2010 meeting of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), Monday, September 13, 2010 – 7pm at Carolina Pines community center , attendee’s will have the opportunity to vote on the Neighborhood Recognition Awards. At the August meeting, we discussed the topic and had a few suggestions from the audience.

If you have an individual, business, or institution that meet the criteria below, inside the SWCAC boundaries, please consider nominating them. Contact the SWCAC Chair (more…)

Athens Drive High School Needs Your Help

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The following post was submitted by the Jaguar Club, the Athens Drive athletic boosters.

athens drive 01

The stadium facilities at Athens Drive High School have not been upgraded or improved since the school opened over 30 years ago.  The parking lot remains unpaved–the restroom and concession areas are small and outdated.  Handicap access to the stadium is in dire need of improvement.  Pedestrian access, seating, press box and lighting likewise need improvement.  The most serious need at the stadium is (more…)

Neighborhood Exchange Set for September 18

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Save the date and plan to attend this year’s neighborhood exchange on September 18. I’ve always said this is a low cost ($10 + your time) high value event. The $10 registration fee is worth the food provided at the event. Register now.


The City of Raleigh is registering residents for the Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange. The September 18 event will gather ideas and share information on how to make local neighborhoods better.

The annual exchange takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street. The registration fee is $10, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Teenagers are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult.

This year’s theme is “Motivating Without Money.” (more…)