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Midtown versus downtown: Both offer entertainment

Posted October 9, 2009
Updated October 10, 2009

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— The appeal of Raleigh's midtown is evident in the number of people strolling around North Hills or grabbing a bite at one of the restaurants.

Dan Tulles and his family enjoyed some down time after dinner on Friday in Midtown. He said he enjoys the convenience of the area.

“I come to the gym almost every day during lunch," Tulles said. "Then other days, I come to get my hair cut."

People gather outside in Midtown Raleigh on Oct. 9, 2009. Midtown, downtown thrive

About three miles away in Raleigh's downtown, Fayetteville Street boasts its own appeal. The mix of night spots and restaurants drew Sarah Hunt and her guests downtown.

“We like being outdoors to dine, and there are a lot of opportunities here to be outdoors. We like to be able to walk from place to place,” Hunt said. “It’s just a fun, relaxing place to hang out.”

For businesses lining the main thoroughfare, staying competitive with other Raleigh hotspots keeps them in business despite the sluggish economy.

Steve Hunt, who runs The Big Easy on Fayetteville Street, said his business saw a surge after the Raleigh Convention Center opened last September.

In Midtown, Sal Sejdiu, who runs Cinelli’s, admits his pizzeria has taken a hit from the down economy but said he is grateful for the added attractions that draw people to North Hills.

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  • foetine Oct 12, 2009

    This imaginary Midtown that you have created is nothing more than North Hills Mall. Do you understand that you are comparing the downtown area to a private property? North Hills does have advantages since it offers free parking and can keep undesirables off the grounds. North Hills Mall security doesn't tolerate the people that brought stigma on Triangle Town Center.

    Please quit making up this Midtown area. We live in the North Hills area. And we're proud of being in North Raleigh/North Hills. Midtown is a myth.