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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.

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Reports, Publications, Plans

Downtown Raleigh Alliance produces several reports on a regular basis that can help new retailers understand the market, learn about new developments, and find data useful for their business planning efforts. For additional information or data, please contact Bill King at billking@downtownraleigh.org

2018 State of Downtown (download here): Provides market trends, population data and projections, data on downtown development, and overviews of everything downtown from arts and restaurants to tourism, green space, the local food movement and much more.


2016 DRA Accomplishments and 2017 Outlook (view here): A presentation that looks at what the DRA accomplished in 2016 and looks ahead to what's coming in 2017.

Economic Development Quarterly Report (view here): Provides information on current and planned developments, food and beverage tax revenue, and other market trends.

Storefront Inventory Report (January 2015) (view here): Analyzes the vacancy of downtown storefronts and identifies trends in downtown storefront occupancy to highlight changes in the market over the past five years. This report also makes recommendations on opening up more storefronts and helping retail in downtown.

2011 Pedestrian count study (Currently being updated) (view here)  This report studied several key areas of downtown for pedestrian activity. Given downtown’s tremendous growth, this study is being updated in 2015 as part of a partnership with the City of Raleigh.

Retail Market Analysis and Positioning Strategy (2009) (view here): Provides a thorough report of the structure of the program, detail information about several consumer groups, as well as a "road map" of recommendations for implementing the program. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is proudly spearheading a Retail Strategy and Implementation Program to meet its main goal; to develop a retail vision to support existing retailers and engage new retailers that will strategically position the core business district as a shopping destination.

Downtown Experience Plan (view here): DRA partnered with the City of Raleigh to produce a 10-year plan (2015-2025) for downtown Raleigh, which calls for more retail, green space, density, transportation, walkability, and many other improvements to our growing downtown. Retail recommendations include recruiting local, authentic retailers and a grocery store, in addition to identifying specific retail corridors and other tools to help incentivize retail in downtown.