Downtown Raleigh Shows Strong Growth
By Brent Woodcox
The latest report on the growth in business activity in downtown Raleigh shows that center city is continuing to grow at a strong pace. This is excellent news for the small business owners who are thriving down there, service industry employees who have stable incomes and downtown residents. But if we are so quick to celebrate the growth in downtown, why are our policymakers so dead set against putting in place a plan to replicate this success elsewhere? Not everyone can live and work downtown. But the quality of life increase in that area of town is making it one of the premiere places to move within Raleigh. Why can't these amenities and the potential for walkable neighborhoods be available in more enclaves throughout the city? A healthy city is going to have more than just one destination area as a source of jobs, tax revenue and vibrancy. We need to do more to encourage the development of other areas throughout the city where growth and urban character would be appropriate.
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