For those of you who believe this part of the state is growing a bit too fast, there was a small victory of sorts last week. The city of Wilmington was set to speak out against a plan for a new retail and housing mixed used area on Military Cutoff Road.
Some studies show traffic there is already hectic at times and that could increase as much as 40 percent.
So the developers pulled it for now. Hopefully, all sides can figure out how to make this work for them, for the city AND most importantly for all of us who travel in that part of town.
I think this move last week was an important one for city planners to make. I think most of us could agree that we like to see progress, just as long as all potential impacts are considered and handled.
This move gives us a sense that it’s not just a rubber stamp chasing after a larger tax base. And in the long run, that can be a good thing.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
I enjoyed tonight's editorial comment about traffic on Military Cutoff. I agree wholeheartedly. It seems we (Raleigh and Charlotte included) haven't learned a thing from Atlanta's mistakes. We learn from history that we learn nothing from history, as George Bernard Shaw said.
I used to live in Chapel Hill and in Raleigh and I saw the rapid growth those two towns witnessed and are still experiencing. In fact, I guess I was part of the leadership group that sought to make the Triangle the magnet of jobs it is today. But unbridled growth continues unabated. Chapel Hill folks believed that if you didn't widen existing roads or build new ones, the town would stay a "village," as they liked to say. They came anyway, and Chapel Hill today has massive gridlock. Raleigh and Cary were a little smarter but they also have gridlock, especially due north and due south of town.
I now live in Wrightsville Beach. I find the Wilmington area to have great people but lousy urban planning. Market Street reminds me of Speedway Blvd. in Tucson, Arizona, which Life Magazine described as the "ugliest street in America" back in the 1950s. When I ride down to the splendid little Rec Center at Carolina Beach (here is another story: why does Wilmington not have a nice health club?), I go on Myrtle Grove. I see new development after new development, all feeding out to a two-lane road. The neighborhoods are not linked by a common system of streets. Why have we allowed this to happen?