08/05/10 303 W, 1 I - + 8 - 6 Mini City and Other Memories

Here's an interesting article on Mini City that recently appeared in the Midtown Raleigh News. It talks about the current state of the area, along with its history. The community, defined roughly as a two-mile radius around the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Millbrook Road, was first envisioned in the 1970s. Developers and city planners had the idea of a city outside the city, combining both commercial and residential aspects. At that time, Highway 1 was a rural road far past the city limits. But Raleigh was growing in that direction.

Another milestone happened in 1993, when the city approved the giant shopping on the southwest corner of the intersection. Total of 64 acres, room for really big stores, and nearly 3,500 parking spaces. By the year 2000, notes the story, major stores were closing, and the future of the center was doubted. The article also talks about the residential demographics of Mini City. It's more ethnically diverse than the rest of the city, with fairly young residents. Compared to the rest of the city, the number of vacant homes is slightly higher. But the percentage of renters versus owners is consistent with the rest of the city.

Fire protection in Mini City historically originated with the New Hope Fire Department, and whose Station #1 is located just around the proverbial corner. To the west, Station #15 opened on November 13, 1974. Fourteen years later, the city opened Station #19 on May 11, 1988. Located at 4209 Spring Forest Road, they operated a 1968 American LaFrance fiberglass-over-open-top pumper at the get-go. About a year later, a fresh faced recruit was assigned on "B" shift. One M. J. Legeros served there six months. That was one slow station. Maybe a call or two a cycle, back then. Click to enlarge below.

But I digress. Read the article on Mini City.

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