I came back from a week long tour of Florida yesterday thinking that the cities in Florida were so much better than those in our great state. Sure our cities are nice, but there were many more pieces of public art, more exciting and vibrant downtowns, and more people actually out at night in downtown in Florida's cities. Also, Florida has at least 9 major-league professional teams while North Carolina has 3.
Apparently, Raleigh's actions in the Plensa plaza affair, where Raleigh is about to turn down a plaza designed by an internationally known artist and paid for with private funds, convinced the N&O that it was time to attack Raleigh for creating a boring city. The Q section of Sunday's N&O contained four articles on how boring the city is and how the boringness is created by reactionary "No-it-alls". The articles:
Is the Triangle Square?
We're an odd, intriguing mix of creativity and stodginess
Is the Triangle dull? What would brighten it up?
A lively city would stand up to 'No-It-Alls' who are quick to frown-down public art
I can not agree more with the N&O. I love the area, but I compare Raleigh's downtown to elevator music. You try not to offend anyone, and you end up with something that is bland and that no one likes. It is time for Raleigh's leaders to start holding off the reactionaries and start building a city that more reflects the dynamic workforce and population of the area. The future of the area depends on the ability of our downtowns to draw in young professionals, and Raleigh's downtown is not doing it now.