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February Mixer at Spy Raleigh

DLA members came out to Spy Raleigh on February 1st to mingle with neigbors and participate in a raffle for discounts at nearby businesses. This mixer was special this time because it marked the three year anniversary of the Downtown Living Advocates.

At the mixer, participants also had the oppurtunity to pre-order the first DLA t-shirt designed by CityFabric.

Make sure to keep an eye on the event calendar for future mixers and other meetups in downtown Raleigh.

CityFabric was set up to take pre-orders for the upcoming DLA t-shirt.

Celebrate DLA’s 3-Year Anniversary Feb 1st at Spy: Order Your Custom Designed T-Shirts

Can you believe it has been three years since the DLA formed?  We can’t either!  We couldn’t have done it without such an active community of residents who care so much about Downtown Raleigh.

DLA Mixer
Wednesday, Feb 1st
5:30-7:30 pm
Spy Raleigh

RSVP:  http://bit.ly/dlafeb1mixer

RSVP by noon on Wednesday and we’ll have your name tag and raffle ticket waiting for you.

Dinner Plans?  First 50 guests receive a $5 gift certificate to Tuscan Blu
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DLA T-SHIRTS FOR SALE  
  
City Fabric has designed a one-of-a-kind T-shirt for the DLA to celebrate our 3-year milestone.
COME PLACE YOUR ORDER AT THE MIXER THIS WEDNESDAY
  • $20 for a custom designed t-shirt 
  • Get the right fit – shirts on hand at our mixer to try on
  • Payment by cash or check preferred (credit cards also accepted)
  • Shirts should arrive 2-3 weeks later

Calling Walkers, Bikers, and Commuters! Vote YES for Raleigh’s Transportation Bond on October 11

The Raleigh City Council is asking Raleigh voters to approve a $40 million transportation bond, placing the bond proposal on the October 11 municipal election ballot. This is Raleigh’s first Multi-Modal Transportation Bond that includes funding for a rail transit hub, upgrading Moore’s Square Transit Center, transit benches and shelters, greenways, bike lanes, streetscapes and sidewalks.  

These new projects and improvements to the public transportation network are critical to the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Raleigh.  

The DLA encourages residents to spread the word to vote “Yes” for the Transportation bond.

Here’s what you should know:

Union Station: New Rail Transit Platform  

$3M in city funds would be matched by State and Federal funds totaling $20-25M to be used for the first phase development of the facility.  

The old Dillion Supply building at the west end of Martin Street in Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District is targeted for the new transit platform or rail hub, as talked about 3 months ago.

Moore Square Transit Facility: Transform and Renovate Facility

According to City of Raleigh Transit Administrator David Eatman, “We are talking about a total makeover.”  The improvements would include improved waiting areas and pedestrian walkways, better vehicle flow from Wilmington Street to Blount Street, and increased bus capacity.

The DLA talked to David Eatman last December about the Master Plan for the Moore Square Bus Station. Here’s what we learned.

Greenways: Connecting Existing Sections

  • Walnut Creek Extension: This is the final link in the 100+ miles of interconnected greenways running throughout the city. This section connects Walnut Creek Greenway (accessible to downtowners via the Chavis Greenway) from the Wetland Center to the Neuse River Greenway.  By the end of next year, the Neuse River Greenway will span 30 miles along the Neuse River, becoming the longest Greenway in North Carolina.  ‘Mr. Greenway’, Sig Hutchinson says, “It’s a very Big Deal!”
  • Rosengarten Greenway: The greenway would be a key connection between the Rocky Branch / Walnut Creek Greenway to the south and the Lenoir Street Park and Boylan Heights neighborhoods to the north.  Because it will connect to existing, already-popular routes, everyone who wants to use the greenway system benefits from increased connectivity into Downtown. 

Streetscape improvements 

  • South / Lenior Project: The South/Lenoir project would complete the two-way conversion of the corridor that began several years ago from S. Saunders Street to East Street.  
  • Blount / Person Corridor Planning: The Blount/Person corridor study will look at land use and transportation options for the corridor from Capital Boulevard to I-40, including segments along Wake Forest Road and Hammond Road.   

Bicycle Lane Improvements 

The Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission has a comprehensive list of bike projects to complete as funding becomes available.  Downtown Raleigh, with its concentration of bike traffic is where there is the greatest need for improved access. 

Come join us at the Public Event on Oct 4th in Nash Square to rally support for the bond!

Additional information: 

Citizens Supporting Raleigh

City of Raleigh: Q&A document

 

Note: A separate $16M Housing Bond proposal will also be on the October 11 ballot.  The Housing Bond will be voted on separately from the Transportation Bond, and support ongoing programs for first-time homebuyers, low-interest loans to private developers of affordable apartments, neighborhood revitalization, and tornado relief assistance for low income homeowners. 


New study provides evidence of Downtown Raleigh’s booming pedestrian traffic

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) and the City of Raleigh Planning Department recently examined pedestrian traffic in key downtown areas.  The pedestrian study was conducted to support economic development programs and infrastructure planning initiatives in strategic areas.  The objective of the study was to develop a tool that downtown stakeholders and City officials could use to more accurately target growth areas and help resolve design issues with sidewalks, streetscapes, and pedestrian connectivity to on- and off-street parking locations.  It will also serve as a baseline pedestrian count data for future trend analyses. 

Fayetteville Street District

According to the report, a large pedestrian population uses and navigates the Downtown area.  The lunch period attracts the largest amount of pedestrian activity, as employees, visitors, and residents dine out in Downtown restaurants and cafes.  Fayetteville Street between Hargett and Davie streets is among the busiest areas, with the block between Hargett and Martin having the highest average of pedestrians per hour over the 11-hour count period.  The same block has the highest counts for the morning and lunch periods.

Nearly 18,000 pedestrians during weekday lunch hours

An overall comparison of all 11-hour count locations illustrates a clear increase in pedestrian traffic during the typical lunch hours of 11:30 am to 2 pm with a total of 17,912 pedestrians recorded in this time period, accounting for 41 percent of the total 11-hour count volume.  During the busiest stretch, more than 2,000 pedestrians traverse the area in just fifteen minutes, from 12:45 pm. to 1 pm.

Glenwood South

The pedestrian study also looked at the Glenwood South District and Warehouse District.  The two areas offer significant entertainment and nightlife options and cater to a late-night crowd with a mix of restaurants, bars, clubs, and other activities.  Both areas were examined over a period of six hours on the weekend from 8 pm to 2 am.

Over 17,000 pedestrians twelve hours later on weekends

Glenwood South recorded a total weekend evening and late night traffic of 17,400 pedestrians, with a spike in pedestrians from 11:30 pm to 2:00 am.  The block of Glenwood Avenue between Tucker and North streets had the highest level of pedestrian activity.

Warehouse District

The Warehouse District was also examined over a period of six hours during the evening, and recorded a total count of 2,654 pedestrians over the six hour period.  However, unlike Glenwood South, the Warehouse District experienced an overall decline in traffic from 11:30 pm to 2:00 am.

Analysis of the total volume of pedestrians in the Capital City’s center parallel to other cities evidenced the strength of activity on downtown Raleigh’s sidewalks.  The volume of traffic in the Raleigh study area tends to exceed the volume of small and even larger cities, including San Diego.  The findings and conclusion of the study illustrates a clear link between Downtown’s booming pedestrian environment and opportunities for commerce in the area. This supports efforts by the DRA and the City of Raleigh to encourage future public and private investments in the walkability, livability, and economic development of Downtown Raleigh.

The counts are part of a city-wide Pedestrian Plan that is expected to be competed in early 2012.

 

Information taken from Raleigh’s Weekly Newsgram, published July 29th.

Cuegrass Festival 2011: BBQ Plus Bluegrass Jams Equals One Big Block Party

Gather your portable lawn chairs and blankets, pack up some sunscreen, bring the kids and the dogs, and head over to Davie Street in the Warehouse District for the Cuegrass Festival 2011. Presented by Raleigh’s popular barbecue restaurant, The Pit, Cuegrass Festival 2011 rocks the city block with a slate of live bands on Saturday, April 16 for a full day of music, craft beers, and The Pit’s famous Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue.

Jump over to HelloRaleigh.com for more on the Cuegrass Festival.


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