There is one statement from a local Raleigh developer that sums up the campaign of the infill-standards opposition group:
“Your retirement nest egg will definitely be adversely affected.”
Those who are planning for a future return on their ‘nest-egg home’ have no personal investment in their community. How can one contribute to his community when their strategy is big profit? This demonstratively egotistical attitude creates no benefit in the long-term development of Raleigh’s neighborhoods.
The infill-standards opposition group, a.k.a. Raleigh developers and nest-eggers, claim that the “effort by Councilmen Thomas Crowder and Russ Stephenson is part of an overall anti-growth message.” These council members and others who support them are not “anti-growth,” they are PROPER-growth. They are RESPECTFUL-growth. And they are QUALITY-growth. These are the people that understand that something must be done to control the entities that are trivializing and de-valuing the established history and foundations of Raleigh’s unique character.
This infill debate is only necessary because there is a consistent disregard for Raleigh’s communities, environment, and citizens.
Whatever values or perceptions that are trying to be achieved by building these circus-tent houses is way off the mark—it’s not classy, it doesn’t earn respect, and I’d argue that it doesn’t benefit quality of life. If it benefits one thing it would be candy dreams of a big return on an eventual home sale—and that egotistical attitude on development needs to cease.
Many say that the debate has no basis because it is a conflict of individual personal taste, but this is not the case. For a systematic view on how to determine the ‘successfulness’ of development please see New Raleigh’s Rubric for Redevelopment
Being classy is not how much you care for your needs, but how much you care for others.
The public hearing on residential R-4 infill standards will be
today at 1 p.m. at Raleigh City Council chambers at 222 West Hargett St., second floor. Thomas Crowder and Russ
Stephenson plan to initiate the 25% building/add-on restriction at this meeting.
You can expect a fierce debate as members from both sides will undoubtedly be passionate about the issue. I wonder if the ridiculous ‘socialist’ label will get thrown around.