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Cullowhee could be home to new river park

There are 2 comments on the Smoky Mountain News story from Mar 29, 2011, titled Cullowhee could be home to new river park. In it, Smoky Mountain News reports that:

A group working to beautify and solidify the concept of community in Cullowhee wants to build a riverfront park, tying in to state Department of Transportation plans to replace a bridge over the Tuckasegee River on Old Cullowhee Road in 2013.

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#1 Mar 31, 2011
I hope they build this. And I want them to redo the bridge to look more art deco rather than modern, I would miss the character-filled 1940s railings if they were to replace the bridge with a new one like the one on Hospital Road. I hope that revitalization of Old Cullowhee Road goes well and it should be considered Downtown Cullowhee instead of Old Cullowhee. Moss General Store shall soon reopen, and the park will really help with turning the area into a downtown.
But I think the best place for the park would be around the dam and where the Kudzu Self-Storage and Riverside Body Shop are presently located. But the area between the Bridge, Cullowhee Creek and Monteith Gap Road is a great place to put a park as well. I would love to see a downtown be built around the river and old 107. I just hope they use a good plan and Green/Sustainable building techniques. Maybe the Elementary School, Post Office and Town Hall could be located there? A movie theater and Supermarket would also draw people.
I do want a few of the old structures preserved, even if it means moving them from where they are presently located. And I think Papa's Pizza is going to need a new building pretty soon, the old one was built in 1972 and is not looking that great. I would like the area to have a mix of Victorian, Colonial, Gothic, Craftsman, Modern, Art Deco/Streamline Moderne, Moroccan, Spanish, and English Cottage architecture. I think that the store buildings should look either like historic downtown buildings or modern structures. The town hall should be victorian, the school should be Collegiate Gothic, and the Post Office should be Art Deco/Streamline Moderne.
The community should be dense with a mix of apartments, stores, houses, row-homes, townhomes, cottages, and it should also be walkable, green, sustainable, and livable. Rooftop gardens, solar panels, wind turbines, walkable community, greenways, parks, and not very many surface parking lots. Instead, there could be a few parking decks and on-street parking. Plazas would be in several places, including in front of the town hall.
I do have a vision of how Cullowhee could turn out to be. Hopefully, we'll be able to apply it to the master plan of the area. I also think that certain areas need to be preserved while others are developed. The population could still grow by a few more thousand, with homes being built on what is now open land. South Cullowhee and Speedwell could grow the most, as they have much available land for growth. I think we may eventually end up with three K-5 Elementary Schools and a 6-8 Middle School in the area presently served by Cullowhee Valley School, which is cramped and in poor shape. Together, we can build Cullowhee's future. Or we could do nothing and watch it rot.
Tinker Bell

Cullowhee, NC

#2 Apr 1, 2011
And at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold...
Roll another one Cheech

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