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City planners recommend extra parking for Broughton

Posted October 29, 2008

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— After denying a request last month for additional parking spaces at Broughton High School, the Raleigh City Council's Comprehensive Planning Committee on Wednesday approved 100 additional spaces for the front of the school.

In addition, the commission recommended making nearby Cameron Street a private roadway, which would return as many as 50 additional spaces that were lost when the city imposed regulations for city-owned streets.

The commission also wants the Wake County Board of Education to look at a paving surface other than asphalt so that water could get through. That would allow the parking surface be removed and the lawn restored if the school ever finds parking elsewhere.

The recommendations go to the full City Council next week.

School system officials initially asked for 126 additional spaces on the school lawn, a less-expensive alternative to its other option – building a parking deck.

The proposal has sparked debate between some alumni, who have argued that paving the front lawn takes away from the school's beauty, and students, who complain parking is difficult.

About 1,000 Broughton students are eligible to drive to the school, at 723 Saint Mary's St. near downtown Raleigh, but on-campus student parking is limited to 60 spaces. Students say they have to pay to park in off-campus lots or fight for spaces on residential streets.

Broughton, which sits on 26 acres, was founded in 1929 and is among the oldest of the 17 high schools in Wake County. The land has been designated a historic landmark.


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  • shank56 Oct 29, 2008

    "most students live close enough that they could walk to school (again, it might be good for them)."


    You may be familiar with the area, but you are NOT familiar with the current or recent demographics of Broughton and the students who attend- base or magnet. Good try.

  • HangOn Oct 29, 2008

    Why don't they try a grass pave system? This stuff www.invisiblestructures.com/GP2/grasspave.htm is perfect. Lets water perk through, doesn't change the looks of the lawn (other than cars on it during school), and it's already been proven on projects for years. The grid really does bear all the weight and without compaction, the grass grows fine. It's a cool surface withouth the heat and light reflection, plus the trees will live and not gradually die from the day they pave over the roots. Cost is the same or less than concrete and asphalt.

  • Titus Pullo Oct 29, 2008

    Clearly the students should enthusiastically embrace Green principles and walk to school or employ mass transit options. Perhaps light rail is the answer.....

  • clintoflannagan Oct 29, 2008

    It amazes me that the comments on nearly every single news story on this site devolve into some form of class warfare.

  • patsfan0104 Oct 29, 2008

    How about they help ease the overcrowding at Athens Drive? Cary High has plenty of space left, while Athens Drive is overcrowded. Why add more spaces when less people are driving these days?

  • bmkm174 Oct 29, 2008

    "And as for telling kids to ride the bus - yeah right, I'm sure that's exactly what you wanted to do when you got your license at 16."

    Nope, but guess what? I had to suck it up and ride the bus, my family could not afford to buy me a car of any type. Deal with it. Driving to school is a PRIVILEDGE not a right. Transportation is provided to you to and from school in the form of a bus/late bus regardless of whether you choose to use it. If you don't want to take it I feel you should have to pay the school system for the cost of your empty seat. The school system should not have to pay one dime for the cost of that new parking lot.

  • normson7 Oct 29, 2008

    My son went to Broughton and I'm quite familiar with the area. A major point that many are missing is the traffic problem that is going to grow with the additional parking spaces. The roads around the school are very narrow, with no room to expand them.
    When I attended events, I would park at Cameron Village and walk to the school. It's only a block or two, and most students and parents could actually benefit from the exercise!
    I agree that most of the parking is for the benefit of students to show off their wheels; most students live close enough that they could walk to school (again, it might be good for them).

  • DrJ Oct 29, 2008

    Broughton should definitely have a lot more spaces for the students, but they should definitely NOT be placed on the front lawn.

  • hdraleigh Oct 29, 2008

    As a BHS grad, I am in total favor of paving the front lawn to provide for more student parking. Students today have a lot less parking options around school than when I was in school in the early 90s, and a lot more students attend BHS now. The front of the school will continue to look just fine, even with cars taking up a bit more space. Hopefully it will help with traffic flow, it's impossible to move around the school in the mornings and afternoons. Sure it's a landmark, but people seem to forget it's a giant functioning institution, too. And as for telling kids to ride the bus - yeah right, I'm sure that's exactly what you wanted to do when you got your license at 16.

  • sahello Oct 29, 2008

    We are a "minority" family who attends Broughton. We are not "wealthy". Broughton lost parking this year when the TRAILERS that were in the FRONT of the school for 10 YEARS were moved to the rear parking lot at the end of last year. THe green space was ruined years ago by these lovely TRAILERS. NO ONE complained about that. They looked worse then a parking lot will.
    Our family was/is fortunate enough to be a recipient of the one of the precious spots on campus. For sure the alumni know times have changed. Keep up. Not to mention the fact, Broughton needs the additional parking for activities after-school such as football, basketball, PTA, GRADUATION, etc.
    The Household with a Student Driver of a 1995 TOYOTA