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  • lighter22 Jan 11, 2013

    I'm not really anti city. You can have your cities. Just as you may not be able to live with conditions like having to drive 15 miles to the nearest grocery store, I may not be able to live next door to a grocery store. There is nothing like living and growing up in rural America. Folks that live in the city may not even know who lives 20 feet away from them. I know my neighbors even if my neighbor is 2 miles away. I can run my saws at 2 in the morning outside. There is nobody within earshot to complain. I can use my firearms right out the front or backdoor. I can fish off my back porch. Some people are just not dependent on living in the government's bedroom. I'm not. Every day it's something else with the Wake school board. We don't have that garbage in rural America. Concrete stompers, if you don't like dirt under your feet, keep stomping concrete. I'm cool with that.

  • idontthinkso5 Jan 11, 2013

    (Second part from below) They are destroying forests and leveling trees just to build your suburban/country neighborhoods. The suburban sprawl covers more land so it affects more creeks, rivers and lakes with pollution. More sprawl means the more roads and infrastructures to keep up with, who do you think pays for that? More sprawl means more vehicles on the road and greater chance of people getting killed in car wrecks and more chances of people driving drunk. Should I keep going or do you “anti-city” ignorant people get it yet? We our destroying our country!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jan 11, 2013

    Downtown Raleigh is and will always be the beating HEART of a the Triangle. It is the political, cultural, and social center of a diverse group of one million people.

    The next time they feel a hole in their cultural hearts, I urge Superman and ConservativeVoter to keep their promise and stay away - we will be fine downtown, thank you!

  • idontthinkso5 Jan 11, 2013

    Most of the people who hate cities are just ignorant people that think that all cities are bad and full of crime. Do you people realize that cities are the future? Why do you think this country is failing? It’s the people going away from their European roots and moving into suburbs and into the country. They tend to be more obese because of the lack of exercise, in cities we are not vehicle depended. The more obese people the more we pay for health insurance. They consume more gas driving to a strip mall to their McDonalds drive thru, which are 10s of miles apart. They consume more water to water your yard in the summer; it’s just grass, why are you wasting our limited supply of drinking water for grass. They are creating more pollution and greenhouse gases, because they tend to drive a big SUV or pickup truck for no reason. They are causing our gas prices to go up; those V8s are thirsty, supply and demand that’s the name of the game. They are destroying forests and leveling tree

  • mmtlash Jan 10, 2013

    "why are you folks so anti- downtown?" -oakcity

    I've long has a sneaking suspicion that alot of the commentors on Golo are from the exurban counties around the Triangle and not necessarily from the core of the Triangle itself (Wake/Durham/Orange)...there are just way too many ultra conservative, anti urban viewpoints for alot of these ppl to be in the urban areas of the Triangle, especially when one considers the Triangle is considered the most progressive and liberal region of the state... I'm not saying anything bad about any1 specifically so no need to attack my viewpoint, I'm just stating my opinion :-)

  • redapace Jan 10, 2013

    "god forbid!!!! you had to PAY for parking?"

    The entitlement crowd wants everything for free.

  • oakcity Jan 10, 2013

    "You'd be set upon by homeless vultures and/or mugged before you made it 10 feet, then stumble back to your car to find a ticket on it! Ahh, downtown Raleigh."

    no. you would not.

    i've lived in or around downtown for almost 20 years. yes, bums have approached me, i tell them i don't have money to give them and they leave you alone, that happens anywhere.

    why are you folks so anti- downtown?

  • oakcity Jan 10, 2013

    "You'd be set upon by homeless vultures and/or mugged before you made it 10 feet, then stumble back to your car to find a ticket on it! Ahh, downtown Raleigh."

    you've never actually been downtown have you? or maybe just paranoid?

  • oakcity Jan 10, 2013

    "I've been downtown three times in the last four years. Once was for jury duty, once was to vote early, and once was to take my mom to the probate clerk. I had to pay to park two of the three times."

    god forbid!!!! you had to PAY for parking? thats unheard of ANYWHERE, i mean those folks up in NYC never pay for parking, neither do the folks in Atlanta, DC, Richmond, or Charlotte. Its all free.

    In fact, downtown Raleigh is the only place in the whole country that you have to pay for parking.

  • Hans Jan 10, 2013

    "downtown parking is free evenings and weekends....there are also about 1/2 a dozen parking decks downtown if you are willing to walk a block or so to your destination..." - mmtlash

    You'd be set upon by homeless vultures and/or mugged before you made it 10 feet, then stumble back to your car to find a ticket on it! Ahh, downtown Raleigh.

  • mmtlash Jan 10, 2013

    downtown parking is free evenings and weekends....there are also about 1/2 a dozen parking decks downtown if you are willing to walk a block or so to your destination...

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 10, 2013

    People don't go downtown because of the overzealous parking police and the predatory tow trucks.

    It's too easy to stay in North Raleigh at Restaurants as good or better than the ones downtown. The ones in North Raleigh have free and available parking within reasonable walking distance of the restaurant unlike the ones downtown.

    I've been downtown three times in the last four years. Once was for jury duty, once was to vote early, and once was to take my mom to the probate clerk. I had to pay to park two of the three times.

    It's just not worth it going downtown when it's so easy to stay in North Raleigh.

  • oakcity Jan 10, 2013

    "After working there for many years I dont plan to ever go back there again."

    good. we appreciate you staying away.

  • abaugh Jan 10, 2013

    It just collapsed last week. Give them a little time to clean it up!

  • davidgnews Jan 10, 2013

    They should dress it up and leave it as an artistic tribute to downtown construction.

  • superman Jan 10, 2013

    If in fact downtown is so wonderful why do I keep reading that places are closing? Have you ever been downtown early morning after they have had an event before the cleanup crew gets there. Go sometime and just see what it looks like. It looks like a battleground. Trash, bottles, cans etc. everywhere. Why did they open the street up for traffic. You never know when you do downtown if the street is going to be open or closed. After working there for many years I dont plan to ever go back there again.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jan 10, 2013

    "People don't want to go there"- you must not have seen the crowds at all the events the last few years, they have been HUGE. New Years, 4th of July, SparkCon, Harley Rally and then you have the concerts during the summer- as much as you may not like to admit it, downtown is thriving and growing into a wonderful little city.

  • abaugh Jan 9, 2013

    would be nice to put the living space around the parking deck that the city build years ago for the project.

  • Barfly Jan 9, 2013

    Crime is an eyesore in Raleigh.

  • djofraleigh Jan 9, 2013

    I dub the location a work of art. Put up the sign, "The Ruins of Raleigh" and let those passing contemplate the effects of the passage of time on the works of the hand of man! This is real life. Cast your eyes on the message while there is still time. Construction cranes to the left of you, a wrecking ball to the right. That's the heart beat of a growing city downtown.

  • tgentry1005 Jan 9, 2013

    It is interesting how WRAL is making such a big deal out of this site being such an eyesore! One would think the pile of rubbish had been there for years! What does WRAL expect – the construction workers to wiggle their nose and everything would disappear?

    What’s going to be the comments about the site when the actual construction starts? Are they going want everything done in a couple of weeks?

    Must be a real slow news day!!!

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 9, 2013

    It's interesting how most development downtown has a lot of government involvement and subsidies from the City of Raleigh.

    Yet Development outside of the Beltline is done exclusively by the private sector.

    This is most likely the reason that taxes are so high in Raleigh.

    Government shouldn't be in the business of subsidizing development. Let the private sector handle development which it does so well.

    Translation, there would be no development downtown if Raleigh didn't subsidize it.

    People don't want to go there.

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