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Raleigh's Moore Square slated for makeover

Posted April 21, 2009

— One of downtown Raleigh's most visited areas is slated for a makeover.

The City of Raleigh is now accepting ideas for how to redevelop Moore Square and the the surrounding area, a much-used space two streets from Fayetteville Street.

The square sits across the street from the Marble Kids Museum and an IMAX movie theater and is also the site of a number of concerts and events throughout the year.

The city plans to host an open forum for developers, planners and anyone else who has an idea on how to improve the area. It will also host a judged competition where a design plan could become the final look.


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  • erickezman Apr 22, 2009

    How about letting all the homeless people clean the area and renovate as part of their hand out! Get some people to supervise and let them do something besides bum money. Maybe then they will help take better care of it since it would give them a sence of ownership and accomplishment.

  • BigUNCFan Apr 22, 2009

    Everytime I go there, I am accosted by homeless people asking for change and money. It is just a bad scene. I think there are some soup kitchens and the like in the area.

    I feel bad because it could be me in that situation but it is uncomforatable to be confronted by multiple aggressive panhanders every time I go to Moores square so I just don't really go there much anymore.

  • computer trainer Apr 22, 2009

    DUMB IDEA!! They are short on money, and there is little grass left in downtown as it is. To be honest, I do not go downtown after dark, due to the folks hanging out around the bus station, across the street from there, and the poor lighting. Just a spot waiting for muggers. Who's pocket is going to get lined to get this job done??

  • Weaker Pelosi Apr 22, 2009

    so money to do this will come from where? U N me.

  • kevboom Apr 22, 2009

    I don't understand what this area needs besides better grass. If you over-develop it with buildings/booths or whatever, how will people set up for events like Artsplosure, concerts, and the cool open-air movies they have in the summer? Don't screw it up! The word "development" scares me in this case. Green space is a good thing.

  • TomLynda Apr 22, 2009

    This is typical of the "brains" of our city government led by Meeker. We conserve water, so they talk about raising the water rates because they get less revenue from that area. So, they ask us, the poor stupid citizens to tighted our wallets and skimp and save, but do they do the same for the city government? Or even State and Federal Government? No. They find more ways to spend, spend, spend.

    After all, to them it's "free money". They think all taxpayers are dumb, dumb, dumb. It's time for a change allright. Thow them all out and start clean. Term limits and the like.

  • 27615 Apr 22, 2009

    so money to do this will come from where?

  • Duke _Nukem Apr 22, 2009

    Wait a minute. The city has stopped filling positions for the city because of the recession, but has enough money to remodel. Total garbage.

  • coolwill Apr 22, 2009

    Somebody SCREAM! They want to raise our water rates why the still spend. We need to go down to city hall and throw theses people out of office. And someone needs to be in jail for the error of over $13 million tax dollars.

  • animaenagerie Apr 22, 2009

    thatsgreat: With you all the way. The City is either going to have to leave it as it is, find a place for the homeless to live, or pitch them all out and police the area all the time so they don't come back. Hmmm. Wonder which way they'll decide to go...?