Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

FALL 2017

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20 Autumn 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Wake Forest, it is already shoulder to shoul- der. "We touch now in several places," said Chip Russell, Wake Forest's planning direc- tor, noting Wakefield in particular. Some equated the phenomenon to the big yellow blotches emanating from metro- politan areas on Rand McNally Atlas maps. "We're becoming part of the (yellow) blob," said Brandon Wright of Play 4 Life Comics in Wake Forest. "People will just call us Raleigh." e commentary is coming off a host of "2025" visions of American towns, invoking — if not entirely accurately — visions of an otherwise bleak futuristic hit song of 1969 by the folk-rock duo Denny Zager and Rick Evans, "In the Year 2525." Everyone from Madison, Wisc., to Sioux City, Iowa, chimed in. And the future, in some ways yet fore- seen, is arriving. Perhaps you won't see the flying cars of "e Jetsons" in a more urban North Caro- lina, but it'll be close. Just this year, Science American magazine featured a story titled "Forget Flying Cars: Passenger Drones May Be Hovering Soon at a Location Near You." AT, or artificial intelligence, will keep them from crashing into reach other, just like it now does for unmanned drones. Driverless cars, in fact, are already here. In August, Domino's Pizza (there's one in downtown Wake Forest) and Ford began testing driverless-car delivery of pizza. Much like self-checkouts of groceries and at gas pumps, people will slide their credit or debit card on the delivery vehicles' outside port, opening a window to access their orders. Back in Wake Forest, Russell, Wake For- est's planning director, is scoping out the 5-year vision of more people actually living downtown. e community's 2016 update of its for- ward-looking Renaissance Plan's list of the Top 10 doable projects in just 5 years in- cludes an urban "parklet" in front of the popular White Street Brewery and the 100-year-old mainstay, Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs, creating sidewalk café-style interac- tions in the open. ere are visions to turn a gateway to the government complex (Owen Street) into a festival street for special occasions; create an interactive water feature, perhaps not unlike the ones at Durham's Streets of Southpoint Mall; and extend a greenway through down- town. at's just for starters. Perhaps the biggest 5-year goal: 150 new downtown dwellings, unleashing up to 500 more people into a growing number of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. "I think we're going to get there," Russell said in something of an understatement. "We might get there in Year 1, Year 2, from what's pro- posed." Just this year, Ray Wright of Raleigh came calling, touting eye-catching artist render- ings of a 5-story condominium project on Wake Forest's Wait Avenue, a stone's throw from downtown's main drag. "is guy, when he came in," Russell said, "I couldn't believe it." To Wright, Wake Forest attracted him in part, he said, because it reminded him of home. "West Malling in Kent and Petersfield in Hampshire," he said of his British roots in those towns with a storybook quality about them. From where Lisa Hayes, Wake Forest's downtown development director, sits, there is a "charm and character" about town. "It's just this feel," she said. "e bigger we grow, it's important to not forget where you are. ... You call them (locals) by name. ey're hap- py to see you." Just last year, a classic four-sided street- corner clock was erected downtown, sound- ing out songs on the hour. It has become a magnet, she said, for young people taking selfie pictures. "at clock gets more photo hits on Facebook than anything," she said. Yet there's no mistaking the transplants who have stuck the proverbial flag in the ground here, or in the case of Diana Ferro and her mother, Jill, visiting from the Continued on Page 22 ❱❱ Albert Barneto of Wake Forest Coffee Company. "We need more residential," he said. "My pull's about a mile away." PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RENDE Brandon Wright of Play 4 Life Comics. "I hope they bring in more comic lovers," he said of downtown's new arrivals. Visitors from Long Island, N.Y., Jill Ferro and her daughter, Diana, shopping at For Old Time Sakes Antiques. "No Starbucks. No chains. Very authentic looking," Diana said of the Wake Forest downtown.

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