City Planning - The Future of Environmentalism
is reporting that there will be a new farmer's market downtown at the City Market starting Wednesday July 12. This gives our community another option in buying local produce which also reduces greenhouse gases (see June 25 entry).

Raleigh is really laying the foundation for a vibrant downtown community with farmer's markets, grocery stores, dense residential development, restaurants, and shops all within walking distance of each other. It is almost as if we are building cities like they used to be built....Livable. Good city planning is often under-rated as a long term strategy for fighting global warming. If people can walk to places they get exercise and burn less gas, especially if you can walk to work instead of sitting on an interstate in traffic. Downtown condos are significantly more energy efficient than single family dwellings because adjacent condos help insulate one another. All of this saves people money and time too. So keep up the good work downtown Raleigh!


I cannot wait until the downtown gets more inertia

I love Raleigh's downtown and it is key to rest of the city and Triangle's future. The more people downtown, the fewer people commutting and the more feasible regional rail is.


However you want to look at it. I was looking at downtown asa a place that would have an inertial pull and was going to go with gravitational pull but did not have the picture of Raleigh being a black hole. Looking at it as momentum, the metaphor does not hold that well because the city is not moving anywhere.

I also might be reading too much into your comment. But I was struggling for the right word in describing it.


Sometimes a pun escapes when I'm short on synapse.

I know what you mean. My take on momentum is that there finally seems to be enough critical mass of mixed uses to sustain a chain reaction. A lot of retail businesses including restaurants, bars and galleries have come and gone waiting for this buzz in Raleigh. I think there is enough residential in place and in plans that the chicken and egg situation has been resolved.



So we're expecting people to shop on their lunch break

Every Wednesday at Moore Square? Now maybe that would work, if you assume people can get in, out, home, and back to work in less than an hour. Not trying to be a buzz kill, but how will this make downtown more appealing to the thousands that work there? Will people have to pay $1+ just to park at a "grocer"? Will mainstream Raleigh, ie soccer moms and stay at home dads, actaully use this new form of buy local?

I don't know just how productive its going to be down there. BUT i'll give it a shot.

Be just, and fear not.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.


Cheeses from Chapel Hill Creamery! That is some good stuff. It's actually a brilliant idea. From what I hear, those new condo's are not filling up with po' folks. Those new residents are people who can, and are used to dropping 6-10 bucks for a good wedge of local cheese. :) I really hope it flies. And it won't just be the resident's using that Farmers Market. In town restaurants will go there, too. What's happening in Raleigh is great to see, even for us out here in the bedroom communities.

But do us a favor, will you? Bring in regional rail! The only people who think nobody will use regional rail are people who don't have to drive every morning between 7& 9am from where they can afford to live -- tha sticks (Disclaimer: I really LOVE the little town I live in!) -- to where they work ... and then turn around and go back again every evening between 4:30 & 6:30pm with the other tenthousand mechanized molassesinJanuary cattle.

Please give us a clean dependable lightrail train. I can't afford a new hybrid and I have lots of books I want to read.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Amen on the regional rail

The area needs to recognize the growth and detrimental effects of only relying on automobiles and interstates.