Barden L. Culbreth: The right path

09/03/2014 5:56 PM

09/03/2014 5:57 PM

Regarding Lewis Beale’s Aug. 26 Point of View “ When a city sells its soul”: His is a foreboding tale of unbridled urban development that would bring about a day when Raleigh residents would wake up from some Rip Van Winkle-like daze and find a city they no longer recognized.

I lived off Hillsborough Street from 2001 to 2006 during my college years at NCSU. The street was an empty shell. And then as if a conductor blew a whistle, the sidewalks sprang to life long enough for students, professors and other university-affiliated persons to disappear to their cars to drive to their homes or apartments miles away from the school. All that was left was red brick and tumbleweeds. The nights were even more desolate.

Beale specifically cited Jim Zanoni and FMW Real Estate’s latest plans to add over 70 mixed-use apartments to Hillsborough Street. He criticized a planning commission dedicated to fostering growth and density with a long-range plan to increase pedestrians, bike lanes and transit. What gives?

We’re on the right track to integrating the neighborhood and the university, the right track to creating density needed to greater connect the area to downtown (and Cameron Village) and the right track for bringing attention to our world-class university and city.

Barden L. Culbreth, Raleigh

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