Missing the Train: Why Raleigh’s Lack of a Light Rail is Holding the City Back

By Ian Ramirez If you’re a vehicle owner and you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet you can think of a time or two in your life where you felt a real freedom attached to driving. However, I’d also wager that you don’t always love sitting in traffic when you’re already twenty minutes late to work. Recognizing the environmental and economic downturn that has been … Continue reading Missing the Train: Why Raleigh’s Lack of a Light Rail is Holding the City Back

Better than Central Park: Gil Peñalosa’s vision for Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park

North Carolina’s Triangle is accustomed to global recognition for its research and institutions of higher learning. According to Gil Peñalosa, founder and chair of 880 Cities, it could soon become a paragon of park planning and design. Continue reading Better than Central Park: Gil Peñalosa’s vision for Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park

Planning for Schools in Raleigh, NC

Wake County, North Carolina is growing, and fast.  In 2013, to better manage this exponential growth that adds 63 people per day, the city of Raleigh (at the heart of Wake County), adopted a new “Unified Development Ordinance” (UDO). The UDO has been successful in many respects by encouraging compact, pedestrian-oriented development to preserve natural resources and enhance overall quality of life1. In spite of … Continue reading Planning for Schools in Raleigh, NC