Post by Buffy Adams on Apr 18, 2013 13:38:36 GMT -4
Yes, most people want to live in a suburban style neighborhood. Yes, many people prefer urban areas like downtown Raleigh or Glenwood near Hilsborough, but there are many more who would prefer quiet neighborhoods with large yards. The area should provide urban areas, and we do - in Raleigh. But we should also provide suburban style neighborhoods.
But the trend is against suburban, car dependent neighborhoods, towards more urban, walkable, transit oriented neighborhoods. Young people are insisting upon these urban areas. In the future, these young people are going to be the older people. If Cary wants to survive, it will have to adapt to what people want now.
Reg, You probably did not have a chance to read my post under "demographics" (posted shortly before your post.
Yes, young people have a greater preference for an urban lifestyle than older people. However, the young do (but to a lessor extent than older people) prefer the "car dependent neighborhoods" to urban areas.
This is from an actual survey. There have been several surveys that confirm this. Junior
Post by Buffy Adams on May 1, 2013 11:59:28 GMT -4
Both the polls (already cited under demographics by jrbrown) and the success of developments in Cary indicate that people still want suburban (away from everything, quite, car dependent, whatever you want to call it) type of development. There is a demand for very low density and semi-rural neighborhoods.
True, some people want urban neighborhoods with bars and restaurants within walking distance. But more people, of all ages, want suburban, away from it all, low density neighborhoods.
The people (and I am sure there are many, but less than a majority) who prefer to live in urban areas, are already in Raleigh or Durham, or, when they move to the Triangle, will move to Raleigh or Durham.
The people who want to live in Cary, or other suburbs or even North Raleigh, are those who want to live in suburban neighborhoods and don't mind that they have to drive.