Smedes York talks about Raleigh, development, and Cameron Village. Interview on March 15, 2012. (2:14)

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I think we've got a great city. A lot of other people do too. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:03.409
I'm not taking the credit for it; I'm just saying 00:00:03.409 - 00:00:05.843
you have a great city because you have successful business, parks, recreation, cultural opportunities, that sort of thing. 00:00:05.843 - 00:00:14.215
The developments that we have done we're proud of, 00:00:14.215 - 00:00:18.188
and Cameron Village, my dad of course did it but I was involved in a lot of it in the later years. 00:00:18.188 - 00:00:23.533
A city is nothing but a series of developments. 00:00:23.533 - 00:00:29.009
Downtown revitalization; who better than somebody that understands the development process? 00:00:29.009 - 00:00:34.843
Then as a developer the projects we've done-Mission Valley, Cameron Village, others-we're proud of those. 00:00:34.843 - 00:00:42.104
We think they set a good standard. 00:00:42.104 - 00:00:44.177
The Urban Land Institute has been very instrumental in our family for many years. 00:00:44.177 - 00:00:54.874
My dad joined in 1946, 00:00:54.874 - 00:00:57.930
and the records of the ULI say 1947, but it was either 1946 or 1947. 00:00:57.930 - 00:01:04.751
I think it was 1946. 00:01:04.751 - 00:01:06.733
But in any event he became very interested in 00:01:06.733 - 00:01:13.101
developing a shopping center. 00:01:13.101 - 00:01:16.642
He met a gentleman by the name of J.C. Nichols 00:01:16.642 - 00:01:21.486
who had developed Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, 00:01:21.486 - 00:01:24.656
a very famous center, project, 00:01:24.656 - 00:01:27.542
and he got the idea for a shopping center. I mean there were 00:01:27.542 - 00:01:31.433
no shopping centers really in the United States- 00:01:31.433 - 00:01:35.071
well I say no; there were maybe eight or ten shopping centers in the United States- 00:01:35.071 - 00:01:38.773
but in a book by this author Daniel Yergin, 00:01:38.773 - 00:01:44.079
He wrote a book called The Prize. 00:01:44.079 - 00:01:46.379
he wrote a book called The Prize about the history of oil and won a Pulitzer Prize for that book and it was chronicled on PBS, 00:01:46.379 - 00:01:53.560
but on page five fifty-one he said the first major planned retail shopping center in the United States opened in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1949, 00:01:53.560 - 00:02:04.078
so that obviously was Cameron Village. 00:02:04.078 - 00:02:06.721

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