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Favorite Downtown

Posted December 2, 2008

What is your favorite downtown area of North Carolina? We'll take your nominations today.

What makes a great downtown? A lot of things do including an inspirational look, adequate parking, affordable housing, a mix of retail and restaurants, friendly streets, cultural amenities and coordinated aesthetics.

Here are some of my favorites: Mount Airy, Asheville, Apex, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Beaufort and Highlands.

What are your favorites and why?


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  • Legswilson Dec 3, 2008

    Asheville, NC!

  • slastonecold Dec 3, 2008

    my favorite is blowing rock........others are asheville,highlands,brevard,and west jefferson. live in sanford,but mountain town know how to have a good downtown.

  • tennispro Dec 2, 2008

    Blowing Rock, Wilmington, Swansboro, Chapel Hill, Beufort,and Raleigh are my favorite towns in North Carolina!

  • jojow37064 Dec 2, 2008

    Highlands & Mt. Airy have really neat downtown areas. I am a native of Rocky Mount but have not lived there or in NC in 23 years but I have to say that the downtown of Rocky Mount is pretty sad!

  • bluebird1075 Dec 2, 2008

    I wish someone would help downtown Rocky Mount with the revitalization. It just seems to be having a hard time getting any interest. It would be so nice to have that warm, hometown feeling in downtown Rky Mt. Any suggestions???

  • cfca90 Dec 2, 2008

    My favorite downtown spot would have to be Coats, North Carolina. This small, country town is full of friendly people. It may not have big department stores, but you can always find what you need without have to drive to a big town. Yes, this town may only have two stop lights, but if you visit here, the people will light up your heart. -ADS2008

  • jake3 Dec 2, 2008

    Chapel Hill, Asheville, Raleigh, Wilmington. Not a huge list, but those four are exceptional.

  • Glomae Dec 2, 2008

    Downtown Edenton is a treasure. With the history, the riverfront and the little shops, it has to have a place on this list.

  • tripletmommy Dec 2, 2008

    I really love downtown New Bern. I love the shops and old architecture.

  • missparrothead Dec 2, 2008

    Downtown Wilmington anytime
    Downtown Waynesville- Christmas time




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