Planning DT Raleigh


Revisiting The Downtown Plan’s Glenwood Green Project Area

View looking north from the upper floors of the West at North Tower. Photo credit Robert Winchester. There has been a lot to follow around the Smokey Hollow area of Glenwood South. The reader-submitted photo above shows another view of all the demolition that has taken place. The “Glenwood Green” area has basically been wiped […]


Weekend Inspiration with Gil Penalosa and Dix Park

Click here to see the video if you cannot see it above. I enjoyed this talk given by Gil Penalosa during his visit to our area. He shows us the transformative power of parks in a city and while the topic is geared for Dix Park, the concepts really can apply all over the city. […]


Project to Save Historic Homes Could Bring Cohousing to Downtown Raleigh

Houses on the 500 block of South West Street During the November 21, 2017, council meeting, a proposal to sell two city-owned lots on Bloodworth Street was pitched as a way to save two homes that are planned to be demolished. The folks behind The Fairweather will have to remove the two homes shown in […]


Strategy Forming Over Uses of City-owned Land in Downtown Raleigh

The city has been moving forward with plans on how best to utilize the land they own in downtown Raleigh. Sell? Develop? To whom and for what? The idea is to utilize the land that has now increased in value over the last few decades and put it towards supporting some policy goals in the […]


Saying Goodbye To 2016 and Looking Out Towards 2017

View from the Boylan Avenue Bridge, December 2016 I’m always struggling to find a way to wrap up another year of downtown Raleighing that simply describes what took place. There’s just too much going on to do that. There are things in planning, under construction, and being completed all the time. Shops and restaurants close […]


Raleigh Agenda: The City of Raleigh wants to improve the Southern Gateway

I’m contributing to a new online site called Raleigh Agenda. They launched earlier this month and I’m hoping to expand on some greater Raleigh development and other topics there as an addition to the blog. I recommend you check it out and subscribe to the email newsletter. I have a post up there now about […]


Revisiting The Gateway Center

The end of Kindley Street, June 2016. Click for a larger, wider view of the site. I wanted to turn our attention today to what is being called downtown’s Gateway Center. The Downtown Plan calls out the area around the Performing Arts Center and the Raleigh Convention Center as a possible “catalytic project area” and […]


Consolidating City Offices Into a New Downtown Campus

Corner of McDowell and Hargett Streets The City of Raleigh has around 1,100 employees and in downtown, you can find them in a variety of places. One Exchange plaza on Fayetteville Street, behind the old Raleigh Union Depot facing Nash Square, and the City Hall block are just a few of them. In May, the […]


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