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August 12, 2007
If the Dorothea Dix Hospital truly is shutting down in the near
future, then it would be a mistake to do anything with the property
other than preserve all of it for a destination park.
This property with its proximity to downtown Raleigh is a gem that
should be treasured and preserved for future generations to enjoy. It
should not be developed for residential or commercial purposes, nor
should it be siphoned off for one state building after another. The
City of Raleigh has many other locations that are well-suited for each
of those purposes. In contrast, the Dix property is the only location
in Raleigh where a destination park has the opportunity to thrive and
ultimately be something special, something that we as a citizenry will
be proud to call our own and to which visitors to the capital of our
state will be eager to experience.
It's unfortunate that the legislature missed its opportunity this year
to preserve all of the Dix property for a destination park. I hope
that the Council of State makes better use of its chance to do
something wonderful for the entire state of North Carolina.
July 30, 2007
Subject: Dix 306 Acre Park
Few endeavors so profoundly and positively affect humanity, the
planet, and all it's creatures as the preservation of land for parks.
The wonderful open space, flora and fauna of large city parks provide
infinite physical health and mental health benefits in the midst of
the concrete and steel of the urban environment. The continuous
expanse of green space absorbs heat entrapping greenhouse gases while
emanating life-giving oxygen.
The proposed 306 acre Dix Park will benefit all citizens and interests
of the great State of North Carolina. The State Government will not
only be paid for the 306 acres, but will benefit by the City of
Raleigh overseeing, maintaining and improving the property. The Park
will be available to Tar Heels from across the State, while providing
tourist revenues to all levels of Government coffers and will increase
surrounding property values by two billion, yes, billion, dollars.
Raleigh is the only city and North Carolina is the only state in the
entire country, which has this unique, singular, and one-time
opportunity. The citizens, community leaders and government officials
will be thanked and remembered for all time for having the vision and
courage to have created the 306 acre Dix Park.
Samuel A. Laurie
July 8, 2007
To whom it may concern,
If Dorothea Dix were a park, think of all the children who would be
playing there. My name is Davis Peacock and I am nine years old.
I am a supporter of Dorothea Dix as a park because if it was a
park there would be 306 acres to do things. I have a friend named
Addison (8 years old) and we like to spy on his sister Lily (4
years old) in wide open spaces. 306 acres is very, VERY, VERY,
wide. By the way, we don't need another mall. We already have 2
malls and then we have a lot of strip malls, apartments, condos,
and townhouses, but then only a few parks. Developing Dorothea
Dix means cutting trees. Trees give us air, without trees we would
perish. These are some reasons to save Dorothea Dix park.
With hope, Davis Peacock
From The Dix306 Petition
"I am from the West Coast, and I have to say that one of the biggest factors for choosing to live in North Carolina/Raleigh was all of the woods, parks, and natural areas in and around the state and Raleigh. Without them, this area is just another boring (and dare I say ugly) city/state of buildings, sidewalks, and streets."