This point in Raleigh’s history is probably best described as a defining moment. We are America’s fastest growing city, and were recently named by Slate.com as one of 15 U.S. cities that are driving the future. With this massive growth comes a great deal of uncertainty, and the decisions our leaders make over the next few years are of monumental importance. With this in mind, we believe it’s critical that we try to stay informed of the major planning issues before us. We’re going to try to do our part by highlighting, week-to-week, some of the interesting topics and news stories here in the City of Oaks.
A fascinating look at the effort to promote Raleigh’s plethora of streams (in this case, the Pigeon House Branch) and improve their water quality.* There has been talk of a “River Walk” (or two) in Downtown Raleigh for a few years now, and the renovation of the Capital Blvd/Peace St bridge may be the impetus the city needs to kick start that effort.
Citrix is expected to move into its Warehouse District Headquarters sometime this summer, according to the Triangle Business Journal. This portion of downtown has yet to see as much success as Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District (or other parts of Downtown Raleigh, for that matter.) Nonetheless, this move brings 500 new employees to the area, blocks from the planned Union Station. Wonderful news for an area with such untapped potential.
Downtown Raleigh’s restaurant scene and Hillsborough Street have received another big shot in the arm: Taverna Agora is relocating downtown from its former spot on Glenwood Avenue.
Lori Bush from the Cary Town Council has a wonderful update on GOOGLE Fiber, an ultra-high-speed internet service that would have a tangible economic impact by encouraging entrepreneurship and providing some much-needed competition to the high speed internet marketplace. Raleigh is on the short list of cities working to bring its citizens this valuable service. You can find another useful link on the potential economic impact here.