What words would you use to describe the Holly Springs of the future?

over 1 year ago

How would you describe your desired Holly Springs of the future? What would you want the Town to be known for in twenty years? Use as little as one word or as many as you want!

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  • CarolinaGirl about 1 year ago
    A differentiator for our town could also include a healthy arts and music scene. Is there a Holly Springs Art Council? Where is there (in HS) to go see live music/support local and up and coming musicians? I'd like to see our whole town promote and support the arts, and supplement the efforts of the Cultural Center.
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  • CarolinaGirl over 1 year ago
    Live, work, play. A beacon for small and midsize businesses, with large companies and HQ’s interwoven so as not to be a bedroom community for Raleigh. Retain historic charm and small town feel, but with renewed vibrancy spurred by growth and proximity to Raleigh and RTP. Local ownership and downtown walkability. An interconnected greenway system peppered with pocket parks is imperative for a healthy and active community. Matthews, NC is a great model.
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    • TarHeelBorn about 1 year ago
      This is a great vision statement. Love the suggestion of active greenway system peppered with pocket parks. Downtown walkability would be wonderful and for those that live slightly outside of downtown if we could cycle/ run or walk to events such as outdoor concerts to go out to eat or even to grocery shop would create a healthy community
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      • Hankd27540 about 1 year ago
        The town has land in Holly Glen, which a perfect pocket park, but some in that neighborhood have balked at it becoming an official town park, although it would not attract much vehicle volume and is near a greenway.
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      • CarolinaGirl about 1 year ago
        Thanks. A local grocer or general store would be a welcomed concept in the Town Hall Commons or Block on Main. Small to mid-size professional services would be beneficial. Unless we want to always have to telecommute or drive long distances for high-paying jobs. Retail and Hospitality are not known for their high paying positions. And I dont see how anyone earning min. wage (1 full-time job) can afford to live in HS unsubsidized, especially with dependents. Concord, NC is another town that has a great greenway system and historic downtown. Additionally, the adjacent Kannapolis, NC is an excellent example of a life sciences hub.
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  • rjpendley about 1 year ago
    Charming downtown with boutique shops, late night date options. Integrated greenway system connecting neighborhoods, schools, parks, work. Really, Holly Springs is a blank slate. We can create whatever identity we'd like. I'd like to see Holly Springs look to traditional precedents for character, because (if done properly) it only grows more charming with rather than feeling "dated" as all modern architecture will be one day.
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    • CarolinaGirl about 1 year ago
      Attention to the architectural styles being developed will bring the charm. Please dont follow the beige-masonry architecture-style of Charlotte, NC in the 90's. The aesthetic of the parking garage behind town hall commons could have been given more attention at street level, that was a missed opportunity - but at least its not acres and acres of surface lots. Stepped and individual facades at street-level, tree-lined streets, benches, etc (some of which has been incorporated) that sort of thing can bring small town charm and a sense of community to any space.
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  • ncnative about 1 year ago
    My vision for Holly Springs is a small town with houses built on larger lots to avoid over-crowding and excess traffic. Natural spaces should remain between reasonably sized developments to maintain quiet and private neighborhoods. Trendy mixed-use developments which will become undesirable 5-10 years after they are built when the next shiny trend becomes popular should be avoided. Basically, leave it like it is now.
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    • Hankd27540 about 1 year ago
      What you are describing is sprawl and vehicle dependence.....which is exactly what the current council wants for the south west portion of town.
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  • JT about 1 year ago
    Vibrant downtown (small businesses, cafes, restaurants), health conscience, pedestrian friendly
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  • TarHeelBorn over 1 year ago
    To describe Holly Springs of the Future: "A bicycle and pedestrian friendly town that attracts both the young and young-at-heart. Residents can bicycle commute into RTP and use light rail to connect (with their bicycles) to UNC-CH, NCSU and Duke University. Holly Springs is known for its trees, green space, and dedicated bicycle lanes and expansive greenways and trail systems. Every resident has easy access to mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, running, cycling, shopping, and restaurants. We have several active bicycling clubs in the community and an active contingency of bicycle commuters. You can easily access shopping, restaurants and places of work via dedicated bicycle paths."
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    • sainejm over 1 year ago
      I guess the author above really...really likes to bike. That's great and I have no issue with him/her, or bikers in general. That said, its a really focused lens they are looking through. Our town needs to grow in a way that accommodates the most amount of people who want to live in a town like ours. Turning our town into a bicycle haven may be awesome for those in the cycling community, but may ostracize may more others who either have different interests or ...gasp.. find a large population of cyclists to be a deterrent.
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      • JT about 1 year ago
        Bike friendly means pedestrian friendly, family friendly, walk/run family. Let HS be known as a health-centered community filled with a vibrant and active individuals and families.
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  • TarHeelBorn over 1 year ago
    Pedestrian friendly
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    • JT about 1 year ago
      Yes. Create bike lanes on streets!
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  • Hankd27540 about 1 year ago
    I would want to know from the town council.....to what level will you weigh the public input? If the input contradicts good planning practices, and economic success for the town, will you still adopt a “popular” and politically beneficial plan? Or will you do the right thing for the prosperity of the town?
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  • Hankd27540 over 1 year ago
    I would want HS to be known as a sports tourism hub with sports facilities, training facilities, supporting industries, hotel and restaurants, etc. This will provide more jobs, create more commerce and offer more entertainment options. With Ting Park and other parks, the Daniel Dhers facility, Sonshine gymnastics, golf courses, Wake FC and other facilities, we are well on our way. This will continue provided that the governing body does not make development too restrictive and/or development approvals/denials too arbitrary. Unfortunately the SW portion of town is on the path toward sprawl and vehicle dependence based on recent land planning decisions, so that is something we will have to work to correct. We have to accept the fact that HS is not a small town and cannot embrace one common theme throughout the entire town. It has been a growing town and known for wanting fast growth since the mid 90’s, that is one of the things which sold me on this town. Towns which surround us will be growing at the same rate, which we cannot control.
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    • TarHeelBorn over 1 year ago
      Rock Hill, SC is a great model: “The Rock Hill Outdoor Center, a dynamic collection of recreation amenities at the new Riverwalk community! When completed, these amenities will add approximately 250 acres of public recreation space to the City of Rock Hill’s current parks inventory. Current venues include the Giordana Velodrome, Outdoor Center Greens, Piedmont Medical Center Trail, Criterium course and the Rock Hill BMX Supercross Track.”
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      • Hankd27540 about 1 year ago
        I think cycling And “outdoor” are great fits here. I think we are diverse enough to accommodate the growth of a number of sports., whether it is competitive or recreational.
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  • undercoffer1 over 1 year ago
    People here have stated (and most others will agree) that finding the right balance is the key. Amenities and businesses are great, but let’s not lose that small-town feel. A great way to prevent this from turning into a traffic nightmare and/or bedroom community is to build bike lanes and sidewalks so people can access any part of town they want-safely- and without a vehicle. Our residents are vital, active people who want to get out and about without fear of being run down.
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  • Davidyetter over 1 year ago
    Quaint downtown, small community feel, beautiful parks with bike/walking paths that connect them. Lots of outdoor eating along these paths.
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  • Druscie over 1 year ago
    Small town atmosphere with amenities
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