Tuesday, August 23, 2011
What's Raleigh doing?
The Downtown Element of Raleigh’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan identifies downtown as the historic, functional and symbolic heart of the city. The Plan identifies several main issues for downtown, including: The lack of transportation options to move people into and around downtown; the need to accommodate a significant and diverse share of the City’s anticipated population and employment growth; inconsistent urban design decision-making; a growing urgency regarding environmental stewardship; insufficient utilization of the ground floor of buildings for active use; the need to establish a unique urban identity; missed opportunities to grow tourism; and ensuring that downtown is a place for all of Raleigh’s citizens. Several policies and action items are also discussed in the document. Two with particular relevance to current issues in Winston-Salem are prioritizing streets with a retail presence for two-way traffic and encouraging Wake County to build a library downtown.