Archive for August, 2010
If you’re a visitor to the areas within Downtown Raleigh where parking meters have sprung up, you may be tempted to complain. But let me give you a few things to consider that might change your viewpoint.
You are most likely accustomed to being able to park close to your destination and not pay a fee. This is of course what most drivers experience in the suburbs, where big-box stores, retail strip centers and indoor malls come surrounded with loads of free parking spaces.
Yet we need to appreciate that parking associated with suburban pattern living has a hidden cost, and one that is ultimately paid by everyone in the form of traffic congestion, negative consequences on the environment, and the poor use of available land. A NYT article makes some good points about how Free Parking Comes at a Price.…[ Read More → ]
Walking home to Glenwood South from Fayetteville Street, my wife and I have often been drawn to the unique, historic building at 115 W Morgan Street, which served for many years as Raleigh’s primary water source. Made of stone and brick and built in 1887, it’s on the market for the first time since 1938, when it was converted into architectural offices, later becoming the AIA state headquarters.
At $685k, it seems like an amazing opportunity for living, working or even entertainment/dining space. We can just imagine eating outside by candle light in the little private outdoor courtyard nestled amidst the crepe myrtles.…
As the sweltering summer heat continues to linger, finding the motivation to venture out unless it involves an exciting vacation or event isn’t necessarily easy. If life has you tied to the day to day routine in Raleigh with no vacation in sight, then perhaps downtown’s second annual summer restaurant week beginning Monday, August 23 through Sunday, August 29 will add a little spice to your agenda.
More than 25 of downtown’s most popular restaurants are cultivating creative three-course prix fixe menus priced at $20 and $30 (excluding beverages, taxes, and tip) for the special seven-day food fest.
Satisfy your appetite with Spanish cuisine one evening at Tasca Brava, make it Italian the next night at 518 West or La Volta, head over to Jibarra for some Mexican flair, and eat like a Cajun king at The Big Easy later in the week. The choice is yours, and there are many more worldly flavors from which to sample.…[ Read More → ]