Downtown Culture


Raleigh’s Unique Elements Still a Mystery

This is kind of a thinker post that I wanted to put out there. I haven’t talked about Raleigh’s image, including the image we’re trying to give off, in awhile but it is something that I’m always sort of thinking about. I was watching a talk from Aaron Renn about Columbus, Ohio a few weeks […]


Food Trucks Start Operating in Downtown Raleigh

This week, a six-month pilot program starts for having food trucks in and around downtown Raleigh. This means that the trucks can operate outside of just events. There are four areas for the trucks to set up at including: South State Street near the NC DMV along New Bern Avenue Polk Street near the state […]


Anecdote: Those Tiny Details

Looking west down Martin Street I was walking down Fayetteville Street recently on a gorgeous Spring afternoon. On this particular day, a Saturday with no major events taking place, people were wandering the sidewalks enjoying the same comfortable weather. I’ve done the walk thousands of times but it was when I noticed a small, new […]


Weekend Listen, ‘Ugly’ Development In Charlotte

Elan Apartments on Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh I thought this podcast from Charlotte Talks called “‘Ugly’ Development In Charlotte” was an interesting listen. The same exact thing is happening in Raleigh and for most conversations in the podcast, you could replace “Charlotte” with “Raleigh” and it would still apply. As the second fastest growing […]


Municipography, Parking and Outdoor Seating, The Finale

Municipography is a summary of current issues going through the Raleigh City Council and other municipal departments in the city. The point is to try to deliver any video, photos, and text associated with the discussions happening at City Hall or elsewhere. Since this is a downtown Raleigh blog, the focus is on the center […]


Glenwood South Crosswalks

A volunteer group of good folks in Glenwood South came together and put art on the streets. Three designs from local artists have been applied to three crosswalks on Glenwood at Jones, North, and Tucker Street. These citizen-led projects are always high-quality. The bottom-up approach is fueled by passion and if you haven’t participated in […]


Sidewalk Seating Ordinance Survey Results

This is a cross-post from the Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates. I helped put together a member survey to get an idea of what people thought about the currently under trial outdoor dining ordinance. During the month of October, the DLA conducted a survey that tried to get an idea of how things are going with […]


No Class on this Sidewalk Drinking Ordinance At All

I took the photo posted above, click for larger, this past Saturday morning. I was out for a walk and Fayetteville Street is littered with these cheaply printed signs that say, “No Alcohol Beyond This Point.” How many can you count in that photo? I had to sigh and this is yet more ugliness coming […]


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