• 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.
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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.
  • 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?
    Catch 22
    Catch 22 is a modern baroque aesthetic clothing boutique that offers bold designs, funky accessories, and evening essentials, handpicked from the hottest designers at notably affordable prices.
  • What's This?
    Dos TaQuitos Centro
    Dos TaQuitos Centro restaurant reflects the music, art and food of Mexico. Voted Indy's “Best of the Triangle 2008,” the owner refers to the decor as “an organized mess,” while the menu features some of the Triangle's favorite Mexican fare.
  • 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.
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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.
  • What's This?
    Knockabout is a unique gift shop for the creative class featuring items you won't find in any mall. Many of the crafts are made by talented North Carolina artisans. Be sure to visit the bakery and try one of their freshly made cookies.
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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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Invest In Downtown Raleigh

We welcome you to become part of downtown Raleigh’s renaissance; a mecca for residents, visitors, entertainment, and culture. Downtown Raleigh reports three billion dollars’ worth of investments in public and private sector projects have either been completed, are under construction, or are in the planning stages, including over $900 million of completions since 2008.


Downtown Raleigh Storefront Inventory Report
As part of its role as the primary retail recruiter for Raleigh’s central business district, the DRA periodically undertakes an inventory of all storefront businesses within the 110-block municipal services district (MSD) for downtown.


2017 State of Downtown Raleigh Report

The State of the Downtown report, which shows the main market trends impacting the economy of downtown. The report is a useful guide for investors and the community to learn about the growth and success of downtown. (PDF version is in low resolution)

Read the interactive booklet version



  • Downtown Raleigh Perception Survey - This survey tool will be an important part of the new Downtown Plan process launching in Fall of 2013. The tool will allow the planning and design process to expand the range of community engagement beyond the boundaries of the downtown districts.
  • Developments - Recently completed, under construction, and in the planning stages.
  • Quarterly Economic Development Report - If you are interested in receiving quarterly updates regarding project announcements and street-level openings, email Bill King.
  • Pedestrian count study - The Downtown Raleigh Alliance partnered with the City of Raleigh to have a downtown Pedestrian Count Study conducted during spring 2011. The study supports economic development programs and infrastructure planning initiatives in strategic areas.
  • The Retail Market Analysis and Positioning Strategy - 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.
  • Planning Raleigh 2030 - The comprehensive plan is a major component of the planning process for the city as it guides the long-range, comprehensive decision making process involving primarily physical development and those city actions expected to influence development in the long-term.  The comprehensive plan contains goals, objectives, policies and guidelines for growth and redevelopment for the city. Learn more about the process, policies, and actions being recommended for downtown Raleigh.
  • Office Market Flyer
  • Retail Market Flyer

For information on existing incentives, please contact:
Bill King
Planning and Development Manager
(919) 821-6980