Archive for January, 2010
Do you know there is a “walk score” that has been developed to find out if you live in a walkable neighborhood? It calculates the pedestrian friendliness of your address by locating nearby stores, restaurants and parks. A recent article in the New York Times cites that “walkability” is becoming an increasingly important factor in selecting a home. The ability to walk places without having to get into a car is listed as one of the most important reasons people choose to live Downtown.
Of course there are obvious health benefits to walking, but it’s clearly something more that causes people to want to leave their cars behind. Imagine making those routine, short trips to do errands on foot. You greet your neighbors on the sidewalk and come home from the dry cleaners having had a brisk walk, rather than feeling annoyed over the difficulty in finding a parking place. Then layer in the burden of devoting more and more money (gasoline cost) and time (traffic congestion) to serve your dependency on your car…
Welcome to Downtown living! Since suburban patterns of living are designed for the car, breaking free often means choosing to live in more densely populated areas in the Downtown, where the pedestrian experience is enhanced as shops can locate closer together and mass transit can be offered as an alternative to walking for longer trips and inclement weather.…[ Read More → ]
Having moved Downtown in August of 2008, my husband and I are still discovering new things to love. Most recently, though we have no children (being Double Income No Kids – D.I.N.Ks) we had the opportunity to find many amazing things to do with our 3 and 4 year old niece and nephew within Downtown Raleigh. During their first visit, it was cold and rainy, so we took them to see Under the Sea at the IMAX Theater before heading next door to the Marbles Museum. (They currently offer Story Time every other Wednesday at 10:30.) We found this indoor museum for children to be everything a child could hope for – on a rainy day, or any day! To top off the visit, we took advantage of: Kids Eat Free at Tobacco Road offered on Tuesday nights.
During their next visit, we took a ride on the R Line.…[ Read More → ]
The free Eco-friendly (hybrid electric) R-Line bus service started in February 2009, as a way to help to connect employees, residents and visitors to retail, restaurants and entertainment venues in different parts of the Downtown loop.
The city’s YouRHere branding is hard to miss as the big green and blue colored buses navigate their 20 stops throughout the Downtown rea. You never have to walk too far to an R-Line bus stop, and with 2 buses running along the 25 minute circular route, the longest wait is only around 12 minutes.
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It was this past March that a handful of Raleigh residents got together, joining their ideas and dreams to create the Downtown Living Advocates. Their vision sparked a connection with an increasing number of residents willing to embark on numerous fronts with both city officials and surrounding neighborhoods to help shape the growth and character of Downtown Raleigh. Just nine months later, the DLA reflects the shared interests of diverse residents, and has grown well past the initial brainstorming. For that, we thank you!
Using mixers to bring together the Downtown community
The DLA social mixers were created early on to bring together the Downtown community for drinks after work, and to mix and mingle with friends. It also offered new residents the opportunity to meet others with similar interests, often living in other nearby condos.
Mixers have become a great resource for creating awareness for residents to learn more about the DLA and to create a forum for receiving feedback from those living Downtown.…[ Read More → ]