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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…)

Is NCDOT destroying Avent Ferry Road?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Anyone who has been down Avent Ferry Road during the past two weeks might have noticed the road is in the process of being resurfaced; to the price tag of $4 million dollars. I’m super stoked about the project, as I avoided the pot-hole laden, right-hand, North bound lane like the plague before the project started. I imagine that frequent users of Avent Ferry welcome the resurfacing project as well.

You might remember in an earlier interview with Eric Lamb, Transportation Services Division, City of Raleigh Public Works Department, he told us that Avent Ferry Road was scheduled for resurfacing this summer. I would argue that NCDOT, the authority responsible for Avent Ferry Road maintenance, is missing a huge opportunity to improve the road and make it a complete street, satisfying much needed pedestrian amenities and making it safer for pedestrians crossing a five-lane road. (more…)

The Green Chair Project – Sharing Comfort

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
The Green Chair Project

The Green Chair Project

We did a post last week about sharing with your neighbors. This week, we’ve found a different way that combines sharing with recycling and adds a touch of green, that we thought you might be interested in.

It’s called the Green Chair Project. From the looks of it, the project provides a way to get rid of gently used household furnishings with people who need or can’t afford those items. It sounds like a great idea. The City of Raleigh offers an appliance recycling program, but if the items are still working, the Green Chair Project sounds like (more…)

New Ped and Bike Map Shows Raleigh’s Progress

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

A new interactive map that overlays existing Google Maps has been published on the web, showing the future of Raleigh’s bike system. In our case, the future seems far away.  The site takes the existing Google bike layer, which includes other Triangle spots like Durham and Cary, and lets the user add different layers of Raleigh’s bike plan.

Don’t take my word for it. Go see for yourself and check out the different layers and future bike plans at (more…)

Historic Yates Mill County Park

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

The Southwest CAC is home to two related historic and natural resources that are unique in the city of Raleigh.  Yates Mill, which definitely dates from around 1810 to 1820, but is thought to have structural elements dating to the mid-1750s, is located on Steep Hill Creek at the intersection of Lake Wheeler and Penny roads.  The mill and its adjacent millpond and stone dam are designated Raleigh Historic Landmarks and are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Of the known 18th-century grist mills in the Raleigh area, only Yates Mill survives.

Historic Yates Mill

Historic Yates Mill


“Pack”ing Up and Moving Out

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Spring is in the Air.Pack N Go Logo Tag The azaleas are in full bloom, flowers are popping up all over the place, gardens are being planted, and NC State students are packing!   Yep, it’s that time of year again.  The college kids are packing up and donating their leftovers. Waste Management and University Housing are going to help you take advantage of it.

The Wolf Pack N Go Sale will be held on Friday, May 21 at E.S King Village on NC State Campus.  (more…)

DDNA Meeting Notes November 2009

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) meeting held on November 21, 2009 at Renaissance Park. Special guests included Captain Perry (Raleigh Police Department), Kristen Rosselli (Community Services Department Director), and
Tom Stafford (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at North Carolina State University).

Meeting Notes

The meeting opened with Captain Perry speaking about the PROP – he spoke of the delays in getting the system set-up, but now it is fully operational. The first citation was written on 8/17/09. To date, 147 tickets have been written: 121 for house parties and 16 for vehicles

Fines are $100 for the first offense, $300 for the second; these count toward strikes on the property (if it is a rental, toward PROP). Geographic breakdown is as follows: (more…)

Grant for Tree Inventory

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Trees with GPS? NeighborhWoods gets a more detailed inventory?  Read on:

Raleigh Awarded Matching Grant For Street Tree Inventory Effort

On Nov. 3, the Raleigh City Council accepted a $10,000 matching grant from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) for the second phase of the City’s Street Tree Inventory Project.

In the first phase of the project, the City of Raleigh purchased GPS units and began collecting detailed information on City-owned trees. City staff will accumulate data on the number, condition, size, species and locations of the trees. The information, once completed will include valuable data on more than 100,000 street trees, and will be entered into the City’s computer network. The $10,000 grant and its matching funds will be used to complete the data collection effort (with volunteers and interns from North Carolina State University), provide training for Tree Steward volunteers, and allow for further integration of the data into various City-maintained computer systems. (more…)

Hillsborough Street Ten Year Celebration

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

The Hillsborough Street Ten Year Celebration, featuring special guest Dan Burden, Walkable Communities Inc., will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2009. Here is all the information you need, it’s critical that we continue to support the Hillsborough Street businesses during the revitalization efforts currently underway.

Event information

Join the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation and the Hillsborough Street Partnership as we celebrate ten years of partnership, community and service. Construction is now underway on the New Vision for Hillsborough Street that began ten years ago and has grown and blossomed in the years since. We invite you to help celebrate the accomplishments, learn about the present and help chart the future of the Hillsborough Street community. (more…)

Walnut Creek Greenway Tours

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Tours to Explore the Capital Area Greenway System from Lake Johnson to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center and Beyond

Benson Kirkman and Anne Franklin, with the help of Bill Flournoy and Norman Camp, are organizing a series of tours that will provide early information-gathering in preparation for an annual celebration of Walnut Creek which will begin in September 2011. They’d like to build a cadre of people who know the whole trail first-hand. Get involved early, plan to join them for all or several of these tours.

They’ll be exploring opportunities and challenges for anyone who travels the path.
Some sections are unfinished. We hope that our efforts may result in the completion of the Walnut Creek Greenway from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. The largest features are Lake Johnson, Pullen Park, the Dorothea Dix Campus, Chavis Park, and the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. One major tributary’s path is also included.

They’ll provide maps, other tools, and a snack. You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and carry a water bottle or whatever drink you like. Some tours will include travels by car. Your job will be to do notes, photographs, or drawings to share that capture what you notice during the walk.

The tours are ‘rain or shine’ events unless there is a major storm.

Please call or email Anne Franklin about which tours you will attend: 919-829-5851 or They will appreciate a 24 hour notice if you are unable to attend any tours to which you commit. Let them know if they may assist with accessibility.

October 24, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, walk to the confluence of Rocky Branch and Walnut Creek near the CAT Bus Garage and return.

October 31, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the fishing piers on Lake Raleigh on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. This will combine walking and driving and end back at the piers.

November 7, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the CAT Bus Garage, walk along Rocky Branch, through the Dix Campus and through the NCSU Main Campus. We’ll shuttle back to the start point.

November 14, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30
Meet at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, walk east to Rose Lane and return.

November 21, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Lake Johnson Boat House, walk to Trailwood Drive and return.

Thanks to Anne Franklin for submitting this information and organizing these explorations of the Walnut Creek greenway system.