Live Radio: Raleigh's Chief Planner Tackles Soaring Growth

Mary Jander, Managing Editor, Future Cities
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:15 EST

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/11/2013 5:06:53 PM
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Re: Growth as a refreshing!
Agreed, Nicole. And I'm really impressed with Mitchell Silver's track record as an authority on planning. He's had a long and distinguished career and we'll be eager to get his comments.

Speaking of which, anyone attending tomorrow's show, please get your questions ready to post on the message board here or on the show page. We're eager to hear from you!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/11/2013 3:35:16 PM
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Re: Growth as a refreshing!
I'm really excited for this one, Mary. That level of expected growth requires truly strategic planning. I think that the wisdom Mitchell Silver shares will be worthwhile for many other cities experiencing unprecedented growth. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/11/2013 1:13:55 PM
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Re: Growth as a refreshing!
Growth is indeed a kind of enviable problem, no? But it can be just as tough on city planners as not growing, perhaps tougher. Every proposal takes care and expertise to develop; it also has promoters and detractors; there is a fight at every turn. Further, if done wrong, the fallout can be significant.

I'm looking forward to asking Mitchell about how's he's dealing with these challenges.

12/11/2013 12:07:05 PM
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Growth as a refreshing!
I'm sure I speak for the rust-belt cities in the Northeast when I say that tackling soaring growth is an issue many cities would love to take on. That said, explosive growth is a very interesting aspect of cities. Accomodating that growth in a forthright and organized manner, as opposed to a haphazard developmental scheme, is a very difficult task. Not having proper zoning laws, parking space requirements, revenue and funding sources to improve the public realm, public-private partnerships etc. will leave any city experiencing explosive growth at a difficult position. 

Furthermore, infrastructure, strain on resources, school availability, dreaded increased automobile traffic, mass-transit etc. all must be accomodating to growth. It will be interesting to hear how the city plans on tackling taking on over 100 percent growth in the next 20 years.

I look forward to the interview. 

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