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Raleigh Planners Working For A 'Walkable' Capital City

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Raleigh city leaders are planning a more pedestrian-friendly city for the future.  Planners have been drafting a new unified development ordinance.  They say the guidelines in it will transform parts of the city with development that will encourage less travel by car to get around.  

Mitchell Silver is Raleigh's planning director.  He says the city's growing reputation as one of America's most livable  fits with the change in philosophy

"We expect to grow by 120,000 households over the next 20 years and we wanted to make sure we had a good plan in place to make sure that development goes into more walkable places," says Silver. 

"So you will see in about 30 percent of our city more urban, more walkable locations that could be supported by transit."

Silver says this trend has been popping up in many major cities over the last decade. The city council could approve the ordinance Tuesday to go into effect August 1.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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