Introducing DT Hoods, A Neighborhood Mapping Project

DT Hoods

I’ve been interested in building a mapping project using the lightweight javascript library Leaflet and today I wanted to post what I’ve got. Far from complete, it may never be, but over at I have posted a project called DT Hoods and am attempting to map neighborhoods and nearby points of interest near downtown Raleigh.

I sometimes stray the blog content on topics that are just outside downtown but for the majority of my time, I focus on just the downtown area. That doesn’t mean though we shouldn’t pay attention to what is happening in the ring around downtown Raleigh. The neighborhoods have their own story and influence downtown in subtle ways.

The issues are all different and vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. Topics like historic preservation, new economic development, transit, and affordable housing are some of things being discussed just outside of downtown.

This isn’t to say that this blog will start covering those things and I’ll always maintain a hyper-local focus. Rather, while downtown is enjoying the success of the revitalization efforts that took place in the early 2000s and is currently making plans to move to the next level, it’s the adjacent neighborhoods that are starting to get attention.

The neighborhoods, slowly, are firing up their own economic engines and where before people came into and out of downtown we have a situation where destinations lay inside and just outside downtown. The neighborhood bar, bakery, or shop is a next wave of trend that I think we’ll be seeing in the next 10 years, all while downtown continues to grow.

The mapping project also helps myself and readers with a page to point to when talking about new developments and neighborhood impacts/planning. Play around and enjoy!

DT Hoods

As always, the project is open-source and I show my neighborhood data on GitHub. Contribute or use it for your tech project.

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  1. Leo, this map is very informative, thx.

    Question (for anyone): what is the city waiting for putting the two empty lots next to Raleigh Memorial Aud. up for sale?

    Those lots have been empty for more than 20 years.
    Time to develop those lots (we should not settle for anything less that 40 story buildings on these two properties, this is prime real estate for Class A office, retail, restaurant and hotel (even apartments or condos)).
    Even if the lots are part of the next 10 year plan, they need to move on these two lots now, they are an eyesore in a prime location of downtown.

  2. ^TONY! MY MAN! I’ve been saying that since I moved here! If Raleigh is to ever get a tower (towers??) taller than the PNC, they need to go there! Knock down the Enterprise, and you’ve got room for 2, maybe even 3 monsters.

  3. Jake , I haven’t heard anything on the lots in the Memorial Aud. area except general info. that said these lots will probably be future towers .
    I hope so too ! Dwight Nipper

  4. Yes we need nothing short of 30 story towers on those lots! I wish downtown Raleigh had developers with the same tenacity as Kane Realty. If someone just focused on growth of these districts of dt..

  5. Leo,
    What is the basis of the color coded areas? Are these established overlay districts within the city? I ask because I see some disconnects among them and what the city is now saying is its DT boundary.

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