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30 Predictions for 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! 2012 was an fascinating year, with the Olympics, the Election, and a little bit of economic traction, the year turned out to be more interesting than expected. With the close of the year, it’s time to pull out the old crystal acorn and make a few quick predictions (30 to be exact) for the upcoming year. (Don’t take these to the bank, though! If this thing were any good, I’d be in Vegas with it.)

  • Publix will begin construction on their first Triangle store…in Cary in the Davis/54 area.
  • Publix will pick Creedmoor/Millbrook for their first Raleigh store location. The new owners of Falls Village will make a strong play for Publix, offering to raze half of their center to accommodate a large grocery store.
  • Raleigh will begin discussions to tear down Memorial Auditorium – with the dominant bookings of the DPAC, Raleigh people are increasingly irked by having to go to Durham for so many good events. Leaders in Raleigh will talk about removing the center section of the performing arts complex and replacing it with a stacked, 3-tier facility to compete with the DPAC.
  • Violence will be an increasing problem in Glenwood South, and patrons will start seeking another focus for nightlife, most likely in…the Hillsborough Street area, which will be the next wave of downtown revitalization.
  • Orvis will close in Triangle Town Center and seek space in a part of the Triangle where their patrons actually live. Perhaps Kidd’s Hill behind Crabtree?
  • Development of both Kidd’s Kill properties will finally begin, but the Soleil Center/Westin land will remain an empty lot.
  • A new mall will be announced for the I-40/42/70/540 area between Clayton and Fuquay. It will focus on serving the Johnston County market.
  • Best Buy will close at least one Triangle location. My bet is the newest store, Brier Creek.
  • Between Liles, The Varsity, and Nowells, Raleigh will only support two, and one will close.
  • As brick & mortar retail continues to struggle, Crabtree will add another restaurant in its mall proper
  • While Washington policy will grow much more liberal than we’ve seen in the previous 4 years (increasingly hostile fiscal policies toward the wealthy, increased spending on social programs, and a stark increase in liberal social policies and transit expenditures), North Carolina policy will become more conservative, but not by much. In the next four years issues like Gay Marriage, Legalization of Pot, and Gun Control will stay put in this state, unless there is federal mandate…
  • …The Supreme Court will rule that Gay Marriage must be recognized by all states, and Federal Legislation implementing more stringent gun control will override North Carolina’s stance.
  • North Carolina will get an increased amount of funding for transit (regional “high” speed and local light rail), but the State of North Carolina will decrease expenditures in these areas, and no real progress will occur in the next four years, especially with light rail.
  • Raleigh will continue its oppressive assault on drivers in neighborhoods by reducing the speed limit on Glen Eden to 25 mph. They will also erect more of those contrived islands meant to annoy and slow drivers.
  • UNC and NCSU will field bubble teams in football, once again, that will get absolutely no national attention.
  • If the NHL season is cancelled, Backyard Bistro will close.
  • T-Mobile will be bought by one of the other carriers, most likely AT&T, reducing the number of carrier networks to three in the Triangle.
  • Free Wifi will be everywhere by the end of the year. In the malls, the restaurants, and in grocery stores. Most importantly, I predict that free wifi for every fan in the building will be implemented in the PNC Arena. (yay!)
  • The number of restaurants with tablet menus will grow quickly. In fact, only cheap or snobby restaurants will be without a tablet presence by the end of 2013.
  • Buca di Beppo will announce their first Raleigh/Cary location
  • PDQ will announce two more locations. One in the Southpoint area and one in Cary.
  • One of downtown Raleigh’s Indian restaurants will close. Will it be Blue Mango or Mantra that survives?
  • BJ’s Brewhouse will announce their first North Carolina locations – on in Charlotte, one in Cary.
  • The next big culinary ethnicity, after Mexican starts to fade, will be South American. Restaurants like Machupicchu and Guasaca will have excellent years, but will see more competition, too, especially in the casual dining space.
  • Guacamole variations will be the next trend within the Mexican food space
  • The IHOP on Hillsborough Street will close, but will be replaced in 2014 by a mixed use apartment building that will have street level retail, including a new IHOP. (This is a planned project. The prediction is that execution will begin this year)
  • The Triangle will be selected as the site for filming a nationally prominent movie.
  • No significant changes to Raleigh’s skyline will be introduced in 2013.
  • A MakerBot-like 3D printing business will open in Raleigh, allowing people to create functional and artistic plastic items just-in-time.
  • Here’s the big one: 2013 will be the Year of Durham, and the crowning moment will be an announcement by Google that their second Google Fiber city will be…Durham.
  • Ryan Keefer

    Man, hope that last prediction comes true. I’d love to say goodbye to TWC for Internet and reap in speeds 10x faster than what we have right now. Any more on that? Is that an educated guess based on something?

    Google Fiber’s first fiber city (Kansas City) is still in its infancy, but would l LOVE to hear that they’re going to setup Durham next. I’d be first in line, and hope my neighborhood got on board.

    • Anonymous

      I wish I had some kind of real basis for that last one. It’s just a wild hunch. Wasn’t Durham one of the finalists in the first go-around? If I’m remembering that correctly, they would be a logical contender for the second round. With the demand for bandwidth, the strategic location on the internet the Triangle has, the small size of the project, and the gritty hipster thing that Google is kind of “about”, and with the economy gaining a miniscule bit of traction, it seems logical that Google would start their next wave soon, and Durham would be in the mix.

      • Ryan Keefer

        Hope your wild hunch proves true, but I’m disappointed to hear there wasn’t anything real to back up that prediction. Anything to spur some competition would be great, especially with last year’s Time Warner lobbyists in NC getting the “level playing field” bill passed.

  • Burgeoningfoodie

    Why would Google come here if FIOS and Uverse didn’t? What would that mean for cable anyways? Odds on a Durham Trader Joes? The long awaited debut of a triangle Ikea? Morrisville’s China Town will actually start?

    • Ryan Keefer

      Uverse can’t because Durham is was Verizon town (now Frontier). FIOS was highly unprofitable for Verizon and they couldn’t afford to keep rolling it out.

  • Ryan Keefer

    Uverse can’t because Durham is was Verizon town (now Frontier). FIOS was highly unprofitable for Verizon and they couldn’t afford to keep rolling it out.

  • Burgeoningfoodie

    Understood…

  • Anonymous

    Nowells closed in 2012.

  • Anonymous

    Nowells _Furniture_ (Cary) closed in 2012. (They are distant cousins of the Gwynn Nowell family that sells clothes)

  • mike

    Memorial Auditorium will not be torn down. Not even in the next 40 years. Discussions could begin in 2013 to expand it (still unlikely), but torn down? No.

  • Zan Caldwell

    Aww boo hoo those damned libruls ruining your hopes and dreams

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