With reference to Rob Christensen’s Sept. 6 column “Planner saw city problems coming” about former Wake County planning director John Scott: Maybe it is fair to spread the responsibility around a little bit.
One mistake was allowing WakeMed to move to New Bern Avenue. Second was letting the North Carolina Museum of Art go out to West Raleigh, and then the other was building PNC Arena in the same area as the museum of art.
For a strong urban core to exist, it needs some attractions including entertainment, shopping, housing and employment.
Having a real transportation plan that allowed for growth, including later the addition of light rail, might have helped, too. It links with Christensen’s Aug. 23 column “You don’t want to be poor in Raleigh.” Having all three of those facilities might have attracted employers to come to downtown Raleigh, and a decent transportation plan would have made it better for lower-middle income folks to live there.
That and also the city not bulldozing what few affordable housing neighborhoods are left in the city limits.
Raleigh could have its cake and eat it, too. Unfortunately, no such vision existed back then.