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Raleigh leaders approve extra parking for Broughton High

Posted November 4, 2008

— The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday approved a plan that would provide 100 additional parking spaces at Broughton High School by paving part of the school's front lawn.

In the 7-1 vote, the council also approved further study that would determine whether to privatize nearby Cameron Street to allow for as many as 50 additional spaces.

The Wake County Board of Education, however, must 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.

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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  • bekkicollis Nov 5, 2008

    dshell99: The Historcal Society approved the original plan with 126 spaces. This new plan has fewer parking spaces than the Historical Society allowed.

    carolinagirl75: Why do you think Broughton has students who are that wealthy? There are a very few. I have two sons at Broughton. Most Broughton students are normal kids from normal families.

    Stormy13: 30% of current Broughton students have magnet places. Magnet busing from my house means I drive my kids halfway to school (3.5 miles)to get them to the stop by 5:45am. The bus then takes another two hours to take them 3.5 more miles. Each way, everyday. Of course we won't do that.

  • dshell99 Nov 4, 2008

    if this place is a historical site, how come the national historical society hasn't stepped in? ppl don't tend to respect their pasts until made to do so. this is a bad idea, but it's gonna take about a decade for ppl to figure that out. hopefully, by then it won't be too late. what's funny, is that with all the enviromental hoopla, ppl are pushing for this. what's wrong with walking? seriously, if these sort of shenianagans keep up, we'll lose the ability to walk. and it's one of the things that separates us from the animals. thankfully, we had the great teddy rosevelt, who thought ahead and preserved some of our country's great natural beauty for us. lord knows that if he didn't, it'd be a parking lot, too. :p

  • getrealpeople Nov 4, 2008

    Why doesn't the school lease or use the glenwood towers overflow lot at Johnson Street? One block from school but it just got repaved and new lines painted and NEW no parking sign.
    no cars ever park there. Such a waste. Students could use during day and glenwood south patrons at night. 45 or 50 spaces there. Too simple


    In the late 80s me and my friends would set on the front lawn and eat lunch. I guess those days are over............

  • mdicard Nov 4, 2008

    Carolinagirl... WRAL won't post what I would like to say to you

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  • carolinagirl75 Nov 4, 2008

    can't their limo drivers drop them off? ; )

  • SuperNupe Nov 4, 2008

    The parking is horrible, and in years past you have to walk a mile to get to the basketball games, but it's always been like that... more parking is needed for athletic events... not just for the students...

  • Kristen168 Nov 4, 2008

    BOO! Echo the above. I drove through the university I went to the other day and between the one way streets & zillions of cars parked everywhere & beer cartons on the fraternity house lawns, it's lost it's special beauty. Services were provided nearby. We walked everywhere & totally respected the environment.

  • Stormy13 Nov 4, 2008

    I went to Broughton, rode the bus from the West Raleigh area, had to walk almost from Cameron Village each and every morning and afternoon in all kinds of weather. Kids today are just plain SPOILED, not wanting to, or feel they should have to, walk a short distance! This school and the land that it's on is a historical site and should be left alone!