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A Walk Around Caswell Square

Some of the locals at Caswell Square, December 2016 Caswell Square has made the news recently as a piece of the state-owned land is being considered to be sold to a private developer. A few buildings on the square are planning to be renovated for medical offices. The North Carolina Council of State needs to […]


The Smoky Hollow Neighborhood May Be Making a Comeback

Looking West down Peace Street, August 2016 What would it take for a Raleigh neighborhood of the 1900s that was completely wiped out, literally paved over, to come back? It seems naming a new development in the 2000s after it would be a start. The Smokey Hollow project will be a 12-story mixed-use project with […]


Pic of the Week

114 Fayetteville Street, November 2015 I hadn’t really thought much about what was going on at 114 Fayetteville Street until recently. I walked by and noticed that the second and third floors have been removed. In the last ten years this building has been tinkered with so much but produced nothing. At one point, the […]


Church on Morgan Builds Community, Literally

Rendering of Church on Morgan At the corner of Morgan and Blount Streets, there is a lot of renovation work taking place. The formerly quiet corner is being turned into a church. It’s not just ‘another church’ as some may be quick to judge but rather a space that is dynamic and can be used […]


Jane’s Walk Celebrates a Resilient Downtown

[Today’s post comes from Lauren Pritchett, a Triangle native and resident of Cameron Park, a surrounding downtown neighborhood. Lauren has helped bring the locally led walking tours of Jane’s Walk to Raleigh. You can follow her through her blog or Twitter, @hilgspritch. (Leo)] “Raleigh’s Second Renaissance” has been a wildly trending phrase since the DRA’s […]


Renovation on Salisbury Uncovering History

I wanted to highlight this article about the renovation work going on at 200 South Salisbury Street. The News & Observer writes about some great work going on at the corner of Salisbury and Hargett: Now, workers are pulling down that skin, revealing what developer James A. Goodnight hopes will become a striking historic piece […]


The City of Raleigh Flag

About a week ago, Josh Shaffer at the N&O wrote a piece about what could be the new icon for Raleigh. He suggests that the now open Nature Research Center‘s 70-foot globe needs consideration for that title. The bronze acorn and the shimmer wall were other landmarks mentioned but I’m going to throw the City […]


Executive Mansion Gets Marked

On May 12th, the newest addition to North Carolina’s historical marker army was unveiled for the world to see. This particular one will give pedestrians, and yes drivers too, a brief history lesson about the Executive Mansion that sits on Burke Square. The marker reads: Official residence, N.C. governors, it was completed 1891 on Burke […]


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