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Raleigh hosting public meetings to discuss Hillsborough Street 'art piers'

Posted February 6, 2015

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— The City of Raleigh will host two public meetings on Feb. 25 to discuss artwork possibilities for the second phase of the Hillsborough Street revitalization project. 

Residents are invited to bring photos, clippings and stories about Hillsborough Street that could be integrated into the concept designs. 

A lunchtime meeting will be held at noon at the Pullen Arts Center at 105 Pullen Road, and an evening meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation at 2416 Hillsborough St.

Project artists David Dahlquist and Justin Platts, of RDG Dahlquist Art Studio, will be on hand to discuss their previous projects and answer questions regarding their concept designs for a series of public art piers to be integrated within the Hillsborough Street corridor.

"We are excited by the opportunity to integrate artwork within the design of the Hillsborough streetscape and to get to know the community and the City of Raleigh,” Dahlquist in a statement. “It's not every day that our work becomes part of a living history that dates back to 1792."

The City Council on Tuesday approved the second phase of the Hillsborough Street project, which will include the construction of a raised median, marked bike lanes and some on-street parking along a half-mile stretch of the busy road. 

The work will take place between Gardner Street and the intersection of Rosemary and Shepherd streets, along the northern edge of the North Carolina State University campus. 

Design plans on the $12.9 million construction project are about 65 percent complete. A contract will likely be awarded for the work in 2016, and the project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017.


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  • Tunaboy Feb 7, 2015

    this section of Hillsborough St is and always has been the "ugly face" of NCSUx. $12.9 million isn't going to make any difference - it will still be ugly, have very limited parking with predatory towing and will be avoided by well over 95% of the Raleigh population. What a shameful waste of tax dollars.

  • Finky Feb 7, 2015

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    Best comment!! I feel the exact same way.

  • Danny22 Feb 7, 2015

    I sure hope they aren't expecting the taxpayer to foot the bill for artwork.

  • Ashley Moore Feb 6, 2015
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    Meh, I'm doing okay not appreciating it. Classical music? Yes. Opera? Yes. Art? No, thank you.

  • Mark Hubbard Feb 6, 2015
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    Hey art haters....your tax money goes to tanks....mine to art. We cool?

  • heard-it-all-before Feb 6, 2015

    you tell em' Pedro. (but raise your nose a little higher first...) Only we the most hoity-toity specimens of the civilized society truly understand and appreciate the finer things in life like brilliant works of-- white cardboard boxes.

  • TheBucketWoman Feb 6, 2015

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    Direct that question to your legislature and governor with their 300 hundred million shortfall already this year.

  • TheBucketWoman Feb 6, 2015

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    The entire street project of burying power lines, street & sidewalk improvements, and medians are 12.9m. The art portion is probably very small. I like it. It adds some quarkiness and fun to a fast developing corridor. Many new places opening over the past couple of years- lots of new retail to come in the many new mid-rise apartment and condo buildings and hotel being built.

  • Imma Annoid Feb 6, 2015
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    It annoys me that politicians waste my tax money on things like art for streets. The money should go back to the city and be spent where needed.

  • skeeter II Feb 6, 2015

    I remember when the Revenue and Education building were built and a certain percentage of the total cost had to be spent on ART! The Revenue building had a sound system that played birds singing -- this was in the lobby. The Education building (the Pink Palace to those that worked there) had a mural on the back side of the building depicting education.

    I remember when the LIGHT TOWER was purchased through a $50,000.00 grant to the artist, who died before the tower was erected and I think his daughter supervised the erection of the tower on Capital Blvd. It was a distraction to vehicle drivers at first, but it is now ignored by them. It should have been erected in one of the parks where walker could EXPERIENCE the changing colors as they walked toward it.

    If people want this type "ART" then they should contribute to a fund to pay for these type ART STRUCTURES!

    This fall into the same POT as wanting a DESTINATION PARK on Dix Campus, which will not benefit many who live in Raleigh.