I recently relocated to the Fayetteville area (FSU '08). I am a Social Media enhancer and the Mashable Social Media Day Organizer for Fayetteville. We need to have a designated Social Media Day #Fayetteville to bring together business professionals, innovators, influencers, and general citizens for an opportunity to connect their online networks offline This will help in bringing communities closer together.
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By providing a safer way to cross our high traffic streets we can reduce major accidents in our roads.
Hello my name is John Russell, I am a 43 year old African American business owner in Fayetteville NC. I am a proud resident of Cumberland county and have lived in Fayetteville 30 years of my life. I am what you call a true civilian of Fayetteville. I have no affiliation with the military. My family is originally from Brooklyn NY. My mother decided to relocate from a abusive relationship with my father when I was young with my 2 younger sisters and baby brother. She did her best to raise us, but with only homemaking as a skill she fell victim to hardships of drug abuse.I can say that she is 15-20 years clean now ( : but this did leave a scare in our growth mentally, and physically as a family. After decades of trying to get my family back on track, I can say,I finally see a bright future in a project that I am working on that can help a lot of people in a lot of ways. I notice a lot of issues submitted asked about involvement and problems in the community. Somewhat in the same sentence. Dogs help our police dept, serve in our military, best friend you will ever have, help our handicapped, the are rehabilitating our prisoners.... they would be more than willing to work with our troubled youth. exposing youth to a youth/canine sports league would do so much for the community. it would have to be amateur and i could target our inner city youth. the shelter has plenty of dogs ready to play, and i'm sure the police dept canine unit would love to do the outreach at the community centers. teaching the kids about basic dog care. we already know they volunteers would come out the wood work. i already have sum good people ready to start this project. and i am hosting a event to raise awareness to dogs in the animal shelter with hopes of getting people on board for my canine league. Picnic in the park. june 29. cross creek fountain park.
The City of Fayetteville should encourage development on the Cape River River in East Fayetteville and the areas of the City east toward I-95. There should be a corridor plan to encourage growth the area. The area shapes a lot of the first impression many have of our City and the river and the area bordering I-95 is an untapped resource for the arts, recreation, retail, lodging, restaurants, etc. Attached are images what Greenville, SC has done with their river area (riverwalk, pedestrian bridge).
There is lots of development on the westside of the city and more focus needs to be placed on the east side to balance out growth, improve aesthetics, increase tourism, and help combat negative perceptions of Fayetteville. The Cape Fear River Trail could also be extended further down stream connected via a river walk. It would also improve the City's case in future plans connected to the Cape Fear River basin if the City of Fayetteville was aggressive about riverside development.
The widening of NC 24 between Fayetteville and Jacksonville (the major route that connects Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune) through eastern Cumberland County and Sampson County should also be a factor to consider.
Visit Greenville, SC (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZqj5FrbyJY
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Turn the Historic Prince Charles along with the AIT building into a convention center for the downtown area. The hotel is a long standing part of history and can be restored. The AIT building is an eye sore and a waste of valuable space for the city. By doing this we would bring people and money into the downtown area. It would boost the downtown area and the possibility for more people to open resturants downtown. I feel like it would increase the interest in clients for the building at Festival Park.
Speed bumps in residental neighborhoods would be much appreciated upon request, due to speeding issues. My neighborhood is plagued with speeding motorists, and the scary part is that there are a lot of children on my street. They ride there bikes and go walking, and I strongly believe that speed bumps would help create a sense of safety and reduce this issue. Thank you.
Why don't we add a 1-2cent local tax for a limited time on alcohol, cigarettes, leisure activities to help pay for pools/parks/river front projects etc. instead of adding it automatically to property taxes. These projects are for everyone to use, therefore EVERYONE can contribute to improving our city whether or not they own property. Many of these projects are in attempt to improve the city, reduce crime by having available activities or just trying to represent this city in another light. Adding a small local tax to purchases for leisure, alcohol, cigarettes and snacks can greatly help. By continuously increasing property taxes will #1 have people leave the city/county district, #2 increase negativity among homeowners & #3 won't change any mindsets of the ones who don't care about the city. What we want is for people to respect and feel some stake & ownership in where they live & work. Our culture must change!
I am 25 years old and a Fayetteville native. Growing up when this city was not so big was a great experience for me. But as I got older with no means of traveling to other cities to have fun, I began to club a lot. Being that is not my style, quickly the movies, bowling and skating rink became very old. So now I travel to other cities just to have fun. We need more places like Dave and Busters, Adventure Landings, and family oriented places. Fayetteville is the perfect city to live just no entertainment for those who do not want to be in a club setting every weekend. Even having a permanent city carnival. This is why so many military and college students hate living hear. Nothing to do.
Business incubators are great for boosting small business, it gives the chance for micro businesses to gain affordable office space. A lot of the local commercial real estate that's available for lease is too large and too expensive for a micro business owner who may only need 2-400 square feet for an office, while most spaces are over 1200 sq ft. Having one of these positioned downtown would showcase the city's support of small business, as well as bringing more business downtown to the shops and restaurants.
An Incubator would ideally include several small lightly furnished office spaces available for monthly rent, event space for rental [banquet hall and a few conference rooms] and at the base SBA [Small Business Association, or other similar non-profit organization] offices where classes and training can be held. Members could purchase an office and with their monthly fee they could receive access to the conference rooms and discounts on renting the larger meeting facilities. Members can also choose a virtual office option to use the building as a mailing address and they can use the conference rooms when available. The second floor or the front side of the ground floor could also be reserved for shops and small restaurants. These spaces would have built in kitchens or racks and display cases already provided, so that they are move in ready. Having a large commercial kitchen on the basement level or on the back of the building with loading access for catering businesses to rent would also be beneficial.
Money made through the rental of the meeting facilities [which could be open for rent for non-members at higher rates] and the office spaces could go towards city funding so that we can continue to grow this community. This building could produce hundreds of businesses and jobs that would help our local economy.
We have several large vacant properties downtown. If a building like the Philips Loan building was given the ability to "work for the city" I believe it would be not only financially beneficial to the city, but beneficial to the community as well. This way future entrepreneurs and micro business owners have a better chance at success, which would inspire many to pursue their dreams, instead of worrying they will never be able to afford their own store front.
our youth feel as thou they are not exposed to any options. i think my program can make a lasting effect on a lot of good people lives. I want to go into the inner & urban city community and centers, with a positive canine awareness program. i am a 43 year old African American man and i don't care what color you are..... if you would have let me run around as a kid and play with dogs all day!!! i know i would have been so much more grounded as a youth. i would have been exposed to a much more professional field, i would have worked harder in school to stay on that team... the love and responsibility i would have gained for canines threw such a program, would have led me to sum good, honest career choices in the canine or animal field. police canine units could mentor the recreation centers and build even more of a positive re pour with the community. dogs contribute they service to our human needs service, work, therapy, help our handicapped, rehabilitate our prisoners. they would be more than willing to help with our troubled youth. please contact me for more information on my project. dog sports works for all ages, male, female. its also exersize. no need to say what our kids look like. plus there is about a million got dogs in the animal shelters waiting on us for a job. extra bonus: it works in other cities too. thank you. plz contact me if you can help.