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Downtown Raleigh Alliance Applauds City's Growth

Posted July 6, 2007
Updated July 7, 2007

— Raleigh has taken significant steps forward in terms of growth, according to data released Friday by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Thirty-eight businesses opened, 92 residential units were created and 155,000-square-feet of office space not occupied a year ago were leased, the group said.

In a couple weeks, the city will celebrate with the second Raleigh Wide Open to commemorate the changes to downtown over the past year. The first Raleigh Wide Open marked the reopening of Fayetteville Street on July 30, 2006.

“A lot of people feel good that we’re headed in the right direction,” said David Diaz, with Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Residents can expect Raleigh's skyline to change along with the other growth. West at North, the RBC Plaza and Marriott Hotel all broke ground this year.

And $200 million of new investments are already in the plans. They include new restaurants, a public plaza, a commercial district and parking structures.


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  • Joshua Jul 9, 2007

    I live, work, shop, and play downtown. I have a 1/2 acre lot and a 1500 sq ft ranch in Longview Gardens. It's quiet, safe, convenient, and my property value climbs every month. I'm glad downtown is evolving. 10 years ago, it was stagnant and ugly. There was nothing to do and no where to go. Now, it's becoming a place that everyone can go and enjoy themselves. Revitilization is a beautiful thing!

  • Raydianse Jul 9, 2007

    The development in downtown Raleigh is great. I am so happy to see Raleigh changing and becoming more alive. The reason for the prices of condos is because development is so limited – if more development was granted then prices would fall. Thank goodness someone is finally cleaning up the area!!!

  • iamforjustice Jul 9, 2007

    Raleigh is a beautiful cultural city. I am very glad that downtown is changing. We now need a rapid transit system. I don't understand why people talk bad about Raleigh. There are a lot worse cities. Raleigh is a smart city.

  • enderby Jul 8, 2007

    What a waste of money. This type of growth only pays for itself if you own one of the fern bar businesses downtown. Ugly steel and glass condos replace interesting buildings. What nonsense.

  • gopanthers Jul 7, 2007

    Now they just have to re-do - spruce up Capital Blvd South and make it look like a state of the art street heading into Downtown.

  • gopanthers Jul 7, 2007

    I'm glad to see Downtown Ralieigh coming alive again. Good for the economy. I always thought Charlotte was a much nicer city and should of been the Capital. But now my mind has changed. Downtowns Appearance can take the title back now in my mind and stand proud to be the State Capital in my opinion.

  • Navy Vet Jul 7, 2007

    We have a DOWNTOWN?? OHHHHHH its where MEEKER hangs out.
    What a waste of money.. I would rather have spent the money fixing the roads so we might be able to drive without leaving major car parts in the "divits". Could we at least pick up the garbage? It would be nice to sit in traffic without seeing dirty diapers, and everything else.

  • Adelinthe Jul 7, 2007

    Downtown Raleigh is just as dull as it has always been. The nixing of the lights and fountains over Fayetteville Street and the delay of opening Fayetteville Street all the way to Lenoir is guaranteeing that.

    There has to be more of a draw down there than just being able to motor part way up a street that use to be closed.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • architect Jul 7, 2007

    Why do we continue to pump public money down the toilet investing in the downtown ....
    Seems Meeker has done a good job guaranteeing his friends who own downtown real estate a sizable return....

    Every small town in America as well as cities are improving their downtowns. Raleigh's is one of the most pathetic and neglected in the entire country. It needs a lot of work.

    The Convention Center is a money maker and last time I checked that was a good thing.

    Living downtown means less traffic, wear and tear on roads, and less sprawl.

    Though expensive at least the new condos will be concrete and steel unlike all of the triangle's new housing which is going to blow away upon the first strong wind.

  • Mr. French Jul 7, 2007

    Downtown Raleigh is finally coming alive again. I too remember shopping at Belks, Cameron Village, going to Pullen Park and feeding the pigeons at the Capitol. It's good to live, work, and shop downtown again.

    Oversized, obnoxious mcmansions sitting in the middle of former cow pastures, unplanned corridors like Capital Blvd north of the beltline, and other suburban sprawl are what ruins the area.