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May 27, 2010

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glenwoodobserver

An important point. Minus 6 lots, UNCG can come in right now, buy everything and with current zoning, do exactly what it showed everyone last night. What it needs to do everything as proposed last night is an AMENDMENT to the Glenwood neighborhood plan that would change some areas from Single Family/5-Family to mixed-use commercial.

What I proposed to UNCG last night was that the University form a planning and design task force/advisory committee that would assist them with working out the details of their proposal and expose them to outside ideas about how multiple objectives can be achieved. An open forum like that which was held last night is very useful for conveying basic, large-scale information, but it is not a productive strategy to ensure UNCG and the neighborhood get where they both want to go.

I'm certain the architects UNCG (Lord, Aeck & Sargent) are well-qualified to lead this process, but an iterative and inclusive design process would serve everyone and minimize delays caused by misinformation and miscommunication about project intent and goals and objectives.

Jeff

Thanks, Ed, for mentioning the viability of a downtown-centric expansion on your earlier post.

So much is said about the need to nurture the "creative class" in our city (Richard Florida, etc.).

UNCG has a well-established interior architecture program. A&T has equally established landscape architecture and architectural engineering programs. The possibility of a local "pure" architectural program has been bandied about lately.

Why not put them all under a new downtown roof, accessible to both campuses?(which would appear to be an improvement over NC State's current design school). Greensboro could become the design education capital of the southeast. Since these programs typically value devotion of huge amounts of (after-hours) studio time, incorporate Glenwood Observer's suggestion that a residential element be included.

How many other similar opportunities exist that could take growth pressure off of one or both campuses?

Do they not realize what an obstacle (if only psychological) the railroad poses to a Glenwood expansion? Not to continue to mention NCSU, but they've had far more time to adjust to a similar obstacle. The apparent focus on contiguous growth is disappointing in its failure to think outside the box.

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