Our View: Speak up for city’s future

May. 05, 2013 @ 01:40 AM

We asked 100 members of High Point’s population the question: “What does High Point need?”
Now, the rest of the city’s more than 100,000 residents have a chance to respond.
Beginning today and running through Wednesday, The High Point Enterprise will print responses from those 100 people we asked about their views on High Point’s needs for the future. On Wednesday evening at High Point University, the process through which the remainder of city residents can make their opinions known will begin.
From 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center at HPU, noted architect and urban planner Andres Duany and his associates will begin a weeklong stay in High Point in which a series of brainstorming sessions will gather opinions and ideas from High Pointers. The information will aid Duany and his firm in the development of a master plan for use by The City Project in charting the city’s future.
The City Project, created in 2008, has as its mission the urban redevelopment of High Point via commercial and residential development strategies. The information these brainstorming sessions, called charrettes, will gather and the analysis and recommendations by Duany should provide the fuel for creating the urban core of High Point that will attract business and residential development to sustain the core city for the long-term.
Duany will focus this study on three areas of the city — Uptowne, the High Point University area and the downtown/High Point Market showroom district. Certainly, there are other areas of the city on which similar kinds of attention could be focused — Southwest High Point, south High Point and the Fairfield Road area, and the E. Kivett Drive corridor to the Interstate 85 Business Loop.
But for now, Duany will examine these three areas of city. We encourage High Point residents to participate in the process by offering their viewpoints next week and in the Opinion pages of the Enterprise. And we encourage those who live outside of High Point also to follow these proceedings because the futures of communities surrounding the city, in reality, are intertwined with High Point’s future.
In preliminary talks leading up to this week of brainstorming, Duany already has noted some positives and negatives that he sees in High Point, and people may agree or disagree. But there’s one Duany statement we all can agree on — “you have, really, a brilliant population.” ... And now is the time to hear from them.