• What's This?
    Mixed media artist and clothing designer Marie Cordella is just one of the 40 artists whose work can be viewed at ArtSpace, a visual art center that features 23 open studios, three exhibition galleries, lectures, classes and many other stimulating art events.
  • What's This?
    North Carolina State Capitol
    The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
  • What's This?
    Blount Street was once home to rich industrialists and prominent civic leaders, as evidenced by these beautiful, historic homes. Nearby Blount Street Commons, currently under construction, will soon add even more residences, retail shops and parks.
  • What's This?
    Father and Son Antiques
    Father and Son Antiques is home to a bounty of collectables and oddities, from mid-century designs and vintage threads to '50s kitch, tiki, mod, and much more.
  • What's This?
    Wachovia IMAX Theater
    This architectural sculpture marks the entrance of the Wachovia IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids Museum, which provides a larger-than-life movie experience for kids of all ages.
  • What's This?
    Raleigh Times Bar
    The Raleigh Times Bar is located in the beautifully restored 100-year-old former home of the city's evening newspaper. Featuring creative takes on classic bar fare, and an amazing beer selection.


Strategic Plan


Please join us in helping shape the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s (DRA) 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan!  We are dedicated to ensuring that our focus areas of service and investment align with the community’s view of how the DRA can best serve our diverse downtown.  Said more simply: let’s work together to ensure DRA best serves today’s downtown.  

Please join us for the three community meetings in different neighborhoods around Downtown Raleigh.  Each community meeting is designed to build on the feedback from the previous meeting as we hone in on a strategic direction. 


Community Meeting #1: Assessing the DRA – Review of programs, services, and other opportunities
Tuesday, March 27, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
William Peace University (15 E. Peace Street, Main Building)



Community Meeting #2: Assessing the Downtown – What other ways can DRA serve the community?  
Wednesday, April 116:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sir Walter Apartments, Virginia Dare Ballroom (400 Fayetteville Street)



Community Meeting #3: Assessing the Draft Strategic Direction – Where should the DRA go from here?  
Wednesday, May 166:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Christ the King Church (117 S. West Street)



For those not able to join us in person but want to connect digitally, visit our online platform on Neighborland available throughout the engagement process. 


On behalf of the DRA Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your participation in the DRA Strategic Plan!

Community Meetings