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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.



The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) was founded 22 years ago with the goal of jumpstarting and providing support to the revitalization of Downtown Raleigh. As an independent non-profit organization and administrator of the Downtown Municipal Services District (MSD), the DRA has historically brought business, government, non-profit, and neighborhood leaders together to advance strategic planning, investments, and community building efforts.

The Strategic Plan includes an overview of the 16-month planning and engagement effort conducted from 2017-2018 intended to provide a refreshed strategic plan for the organization. Click here to read the full plan.

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Appendix C


Mission Statement

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.