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N.C. State Professor Turns Neighborhood Problem Into Students' Project

Posted December 12, 2000

— An N.C. State professor turned his neighborhood's problem into his students' project.

The professor, who lives in North Hills, asked his students to develop alternative plans for the development of North Hills Plaza. Some residents complain the planned residential high-rise buildings, office space and merchants will overtake their neighborhood.

"There's many alternatives that can all be sensitive that maintain the tree buffer that surrounds the site. We don't have to penetrate residential streets to get access," says graduate student Benjamin Whitener. "There doesn't have to be parking decks on residential streets. You can accommodate parking without being ugly."

Students hope their ideas will encourage the North Hills developer to communicate better with neighbors.


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