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Happy anniversary, Fayetteville Street 


On July 29, 2006, cars traveled down Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh for the first time in 30 years. The conversion of the former pedestrian mall to a busy thoroughfare—Raleigh's equivalent of Main Street—marked a turning point in the city's history.

In the past seven years, City Plaza, the Raleigh Convention Center, Red Hat Amphitheater and CAM have opened downtown; the recent move of global software company Red Hat from N.C. State's Centennial Campus to a 19-story building on East Davie could launch another chapter in the city's history as people and well-paying jobs decamp from the suburbs and return to the urban core.

What does downtown Raleigh need? Basic necessities: affordable housing, a grocery, more bike repair shops, and hardware, computer and office supply stores. Let's not wait 30 years.

304,000 Rides on the R-Line, Raleigh's free downtown bus, 2012, a 9% increase from 2011

42% Of new businesses in downtown Raleigh that are restaurants and bars

33,939 Volume of pedestrians in the Fayetteville Street District during a two-and-a-half-hour lunch period

1,019 Hours logged vacuuming downtown sidewalks

82,164 Pounds of trash removed from downtown Raleigh sidewalks

Source: Downtown Raleigh Alliance Annual Report 2012


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