While we often look to other cities for things that they have, we often don’t reflect enough on all the wonderful things about our own city. Sometimes it takes fresh eyes to show us that we are in a really great position and that the future of the city is really exciting! I’m looking at you @atl_transplant ! Let’s talk about all of the great things that our downtown offers that may not be unique to Raleigh, but are certainly differentiators that play to downtown Raleigh’s strengths.
While I could start with a whole list of things, I’ll limit myself to just one and give the community the opportunity to chime in.
Downtown Raleigh is ringed by interesting, historical, and highly viable neighborhoods that are all walkalbe to at least one district of downtown. Below is my list of neighborhoods and their reasonably walkable downtown districts. Please fill in any gaps that I missed, but note that I was trying to go by a broader brush painting of residential neighborhoods and have avoided naming pocket ones, infill new construction, etc.
I know that everyone is going to have their own definition of walkable. FWIW, I am trying to look at this through the lens of people who actually like to walk, and you may or may not agree with how I am defining walkable. To put that in more perspective, I’ve walked to all downtown districts from my place on the NW corner of Glenwood South. I am also using the districts as defined by: https://downtownraleigh.org/districts
Mordecai > Seaboard/Person Street & Capital District
Oakdale > Seaboard/Person Street & Capital District
Oakwood > Seaboard/Person Street , Moore Square & Capital District
South Park/DT East > Moore Square, Capital & Fayetteville St District
Fuller Heights > Warehouse District
Boylan Heights > Warehouse District, Fayetteville St & Glenwood South
Cameron Park > Glenwood South & Warehouse District
Glenwood Brooklyn > Glenwood South, Seaboard & Capital District