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Chapter Four

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Downtown festival-goers.

4.3.9 Growth Centers

The City of Raleigh’s demographics, development

patterns, and lifestyles are changing as the city continues

to urbanize. Existing and new residents are moving into

downtown Raleigh and other growth centers to enjoy

the benefits of an urban lifestyle, including decreased

dependence on automobiles; enhanced walkability;

reduced commute times; and easy access to shopping,

restaurants, cultural venues and events. This trend

is important to recognize as parks, recreation and

cultural needs differ between urban and suburban

areas. Household sizes are smaller and there is a higher

demand for accessible open spaces in urban areas, while

the high cost of urban land requires more compact and

efficient parks, recreation and cultural facilities.

Goal 1: The City of Raleigh will provide

adequate park and open spaces within

urbanizing areas of the city.

Goal 2: The City of Raleigh will respond to

urban lifestyle needs with attractive, flexible,

high quality functional urban parks, plazas

and open spaces.

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Objective 1A:

Establish new urban park types and

acquisition criteria to ensure that Growth Centers in the

city have adequate access to a mix of parks and open space

types to meet needs.

Objective 1B:

Establish new public and private

partnerships that increase opportunities for a variety of

parks and open spaces.

Objective 1C:

Create new urban parks and enhance

existing urban parks throughout Growth Centers using

proactive planning, partnerships and innovative approaches.

Objective 1D:

Utilize existing and future public

transportation centers, greenway trails and pedestrian

connections to provide access to parks, recreation and

cultural opportunities throughout growth areas and city-wide.

Objective 1E:

Capitalize on regional and/or state

resources to meet recreation and open space needs.

The City of Raleigh will provide adequate park and

open spaces within urbanizing areas of the city.

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Objective 2A:

Develop new standards and sustainability

criteria for urban parks, plazas and open spaces that

ensure implementation of sustainable community

principles.

Objective 2B:

Enhance existing downtown public

spaces to meet urban lifestyles, attract new residents and

businesses, and provide accessible recreation programs

and opportunities.

Objective 2C:

Continue to engage the public in the

planning and design of innovative urban parks and

facilities.

The City of Raleigh will respond to urban lifestyle

needs with attractive, flexible, high quality functional

urban parks, plazas and open spaces.

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