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Some want cap on downtown Raleigh events

Posted May 28, 2014
Updated May 29, 2014

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— Citing concerns with events taking over some neighborhoods, Raleigh City Council members asked city staff to look into imposing caps on the number of events in certain parts of the city. Out and About 400x300 logo Out and About: Search local events

The request came last month during a City Council work session when event management staff gave Councilors an update on the event management office that was scheduled to open for business on July 1. The office will be responsible for approving applications and collecting fees for all events in the city from road races to street fairs.

While all city events have grown, road races have gotten the most criticism because they shut down multiple streets on the weekends. They are often located downtown, leading the same neighborhoods to be impacted over and over again.

After numerous complaints, the city amended its policy so that only 100 road races can be scheduled each year. Races that have a history with the city were grandfathered into the policy, but that will end in 2016.

More: Raleigh Public Record: Councilors want road race cap in some neighborhoods

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  • lewiskr45 May 29, 2014

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    Everything in life isn't about money, but to businesses that rely on revenue it is. I expect that businesses along roads that are closed for events, especially downtown, actually see an increase in revenue and customers on these days. More people in the area for an event means they are more likely to go into a shop or restaurant. And why would they close when they know more people will be in the area? What businesses have closed along Fayetteville Street when they know there will be a large number of people walking around that area?

  • Dana McCall May 29, 2014
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    We spent millions to convert a pedestrian-only Fayetteville St. into a traditional street, then take every chance we have to shut it off to cars to make a pedestrian oasis.

  • LivinDTR May 29, 2014

    I like the excitement that street festivals, live music events and food truck rodeos bring to our area... I do not like the fact that stupid road races prevent me from leaving my neighborhood sometimes... or the stupid color bombing BS...that's a mess..
    As a downtowner, the festivals bring the tourists, the drunks, the we-don't-know-how-to-drive-on-one-way-streets crowd....but...they also bring their $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!

  • PowderedToastMan May 29, 2014

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    I worked downtown too and saw the same issue... almost 20 years ago. A lot has changed since then

  • jonara May 29, 2014

    Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face.
    Raleigh finally is becoming a destination city and the clowns who bought an old dumpy house downtown want to stifle that?
    Here is a clue for you not in my backyard whiners.
    The more events Raleigh has the more your dumpy house will increase in value.

  • PowderedToastMan May 29, 2014

    No need to have so many road races blocking streets every other weekend

  • hapcanuck May 29, 2014

    some people will complain abut anything. If you live in city, there are some drawbacks, especially if you live near DT. The businesses DT, for the most part, like these events.

  • UpChuck May 29, 2014

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    When did you last work at Progress? You do understand that is not the case any longer, right?

  • nonPC May 29, 2014

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    You do understand Raleigh is larger than just downtown and often races are held in different locations...100 isnt that many when you think of it...

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 29, 2014

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    I worked down there for years at Progress Energy. Once we clocked out, unless there was a special event, Raleigh died and the only ones out there were the homeless that came out of the bushes and alley ways then to roam the streets.