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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.



Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh lies at the heart of the Triangle, the fastest growing metropolitan region in the Carolinas. For businesses, residents and visitors alike, downtown is the urban center of the region, an incredible place to live, work and play.

With a population of over 405,000, Raleigh is the second largest city in the Carolinas. It is also the fastest growing major city in the state, adding more than 10,000 residents annually. The rapidly expanding Raleigh metro area, with 1,235,000 residents, has more than doubled its population since 1970. Downtown Raleigh is comprised of 110 blocks, while the city of Raleigh covers 126 square miles.

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Downtown Raleigh Alliance


Advancing the vitality of Downtown Raleigh for everyone.


1. Build a culture of authentic engagement and inclusion with Downtown’s diverse community.

2. Foster a thriving and diverse storefront economy.

3. Facilitate strategic partnerships to produce positive, balanced activations across Downtown.

4. Improve physical connectivity and accessibility within and around Downtown.

5. Position the DRA as reliable, responsive, representative, and mission-directed.

Municipal Services District (MSD) is a defined area where property owners assess themselves to receive enhanced services. The bulk of the funds generated by the MSD go to fund the safety ambassador program. Those funds also are leveraged by the organization in a variety of ways such as offering marketing and advertising campaigns to attract more customers to merchants in the district.

Learn more about the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.