cradle & arts center move
bluefreaky at earthlink.net
Fri Feb 25 10:13:02 EST 2005
these day, unfortunately, it ain't a small town unless the downtown's one street is boarded up, and all the action is at the local Wal-Mart/Dairy Queen (or Hardys).
i, for one, will be happy to be working in a building that is NOT a former Piggly Wiggly...
From: bendy <bendy at duke.edu>
Sent: Feb 25, 2005 10:04 AM
To: RTP-area local music and culture <ch-scene at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: cradle & arts center move
> Meadowmont and Southern Village are sorta nice ideas that
> are executed in the wrong places; those people still have to get in
> their cars to go to the drugstore, to the dry cleaners', to the library,
> to a whole host of other places.
And part of the dense/mixed use argument that is often forgotten is the
cost of running utilities out to developments. People who live in dense
areas pay disproportionately for the infrastructure (sewage, electric)
which they depreciate. Or rather, the folks in the MacMansions get a
> This development is a great idea that is being executed in exactly the
> *right* place. I'm *not* convinced that the architecture is going to be
> anything other than ho-hum, but I'm willing to put up with that. Maybe I
> shouldn't be.
What attracted me to this area sure wasn't the architecture...I remember
my first walk through Carrboro on a sun-baked September afternoon eight
years ago. Walking around and seeing folks just *hanging* suddenly wiped
away the poor first impression of our initial drive down Franklin Street
a few days before. The famed Cats Cradle was in a strip mall? I'm gonna
have to drive to get to work? And park in a lot full of SUVs? I'm going
to double my rent to live in a thin-walled Sears cottage?
Shrimp and grits sealed the deal, but the whole overpriced-ramshackle
lifestyle took us a few days to swallow. Anyone who thinks downtown
Carrboro is a *small town* is fooooolin'. I've lived in small towns. It
ain't a small town unless there's buckshot marks on the speed limit signs.
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