New Raleigh-Based Podcast Focuses on Transit

Inbound Raleigh

There’s a new podcast out now and its focus is on in Raleigh. I just finished listening to their second episode which is a great interview with our city’s transportation planning manager, Eric Lamb.

Called Inbound Raleigh, the podcast wants to talk about all the different ways to get around Raleigh that don’t involve a car on a street. After listening to the first episode, it really shows you how many different transit-related projects we have in the pipeline. We have bike share, a transit referendum next month, a bike plan, sidewalk expansions, a train station, and a lot more.

The podcast is run by Jennifer Suarez and James Borden, both of Raleigh Public Record fame. (Disclaimer, Jennifer is also married to yours truly.)

If podcasts are a way that you enjoy getting your media then I encourage you to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and/or listen to Little Raleigh Radio. They have been instrumental in getting the podcast off the ground and always deserve love when they help launch new projects.

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City really needs to pick up adding sidewalks, this movement is MUCH to slow. I drive around city and see NO consistent sidewalk construction
Example: Absolutely awful on Litchford Road (name?) from back side of Millbrook High all the way to Falls of Neuse. Need sidewalks on both sides of this street.

Also, Honeycutt Road (from Falls of Neuse all THE way to Six Forks Road, its awful and dangerous on this road without sidewalks on BOTH sides, plus Brassfield Elementary is on this road, so dangerous at the intersection where school is without sidewalks!!!
Have talked to DOT about this, not even on their radar (something needs to be done, Betty Ward did very little for this area, have seen no progress for years).

My biggest wish would be a greenway connection between Crabtree Creek greenway and Rocky Branch greenway (Dix Park), as well as a pedestrian/bike bridge across Capital Blvd. to connect Glenwood/5 Points to downtown…(connector from 5 Points east to Mordecai would be best location IMO).

I personally think it would be great and obviously a dream – but to have a track that went from Union Station to Logan’s in Seaboard. A trolley car that went back and forth taking passengers to northern and southern parts of Raleigh. As we progress and get a Harris Teeter – it would be great for those on the southern side to have the ability to hop on a trolley… and get there along with everything else on the northern side easily. As well as the other way around. You could even maybe have one stop half way (w. jones street close to the intersection with Glenwood) as well.

Stops at Dorthia Dix – Union station – W. Jones Street – Logans.

I think this would be a great feature that Raleigh so desperately needs.

I work at an engineering firm that was assigned some Raleigh Sidewalk work. The city is pretty much a shit show when it comes to efficiency, organization, and even knowing what it wants exactly with these sidewalk additions. Our firm ate a loss on that particular project and actually declined anymore work due to how the city oversaw the project. I can only imagine how much time and $ is being wasted on the city’s end.

It would be great if the city would redo the street/sidewalks of Glenwood South like they did with Fayetteville St. years ago. More and more restaurants and businesses are coming to Glenwood South and the street and sidewalks are getting pretty bad.

@bob148. I’ve been saying this same thing for years. I’d like to see the city eliminate street parking altogether, add bike lanes and widen the sidewalks for a more people oriented environment along Glenwood. As the neighborhood keeps adding hundreds after hundreds of new residential units, it’s becoming more dependent on foot traffic. Parking should be pushed east toward the new square loop intersection of Capital and Peace with a new city garage that is convenient to drivers to the area but not to the detriment of the emerging walking neighborhood. Pushing parking to the east will force more people to walk to Glenwood, thus activating by foot traffic the land along West and Harrington for more neighborhood development to complement the upcoming Smokey Hollow project.

The more Raleigh adds/grows the more we want haha.

Everything will come together as they should. I mean we’re getting a HT and possibly a Publix downtown. Also a food hall is coming next year along with the Dillon.

Raleigh will continue to prosper for years.

@WillG your part of your dream is in the new downtown plan…it shows a greenway connection of some sort down West St, and through Boylan Heights to the Western Blvd greenway. This is penciled in over pavement…there is also an actual greenway that will be built along Pigeon House Branch from the Crabtree Greenway to Devereaux Meadows park.
RE sidewalks and the City not knowing what it wants, I perceive that the City tries very hard to sort of be progressive on a lot of fronts but to do so sort of sneaky like so as not to provide ammo to any of Dallas Woodhouse’s folks. I think the sidewalk budget is small and road projects in general are nipping corners on things like sidewalks, so trying to prioritize those gets hairy. Were it up to me, I’d redo all of downtown’s bus stops, sidewalks, boom traffic signals, addition of stowmwater gardens/planted bulb-outs, and roll that up into some larger projects like a Glenwood redo (like Bob148 suggested)and some aesthetic touches in the Warehouse district (cobbled street sections e.g.). The tax base downtown still subsidizes the rest of the city and its high time more of that is redirected back down here.

@Mark. Amen to your last comment. I can’t tell how many times I have to remind people that DT residents subsidize the rest of the city and pay more than their fair share of property tax. Renters are also paying for the higher taxes because the landlords roll the taxes into the rents.
My condo building has over 25 million dollars of taxable value and sits on one acre of land. Not only do we pay the DT overlay district fees but our values per s.f. are higher as well. I don’t mind paying it but it really gets under my skin when people in the burbs complain that there is too much investment in the city center. I’m like, WTF?

A developer just bought basically the entire block between the Bell Tower and Cameron Village (above the new Aloft) with plans to build “high end multifamily” housing. http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2016/10/10/soldroperty-between-cameron-village-and-ncsus-bell.html

@Steve. Wow. Thanks for sharing. It will be interesting to see what this developer interprets high end multifamily to be. Will it be rental? Will it be condo? Will it be row houses? given the road frontage of those properties and a zoning that only allows 3 stories, I can imagine row houses at the location that face Enterprise, Maiden Lane and even, to a certain extent, Oberlin.

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