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🏙️ $7.1 billion since 2015
The skyline of Raleigh with completed, under construction, and planned buildings highlighted.
Raleigh is the hottest housing market in the US, according to US News. | Photo provided by Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Downtown Raleigh Alliance released its annual State of Downtown report, detailing city trends in housing, transportation, culture, and more. Let’s dive into these numbers and what they mean for the city, including $7.1 billion in developments since 2015.


As of September 2023, 2,899 residential units are under construction, the most in downtown Raleigh’s history. These units will bring an estimated 4,000 new residents to downtown. Nearly 7,000 more units in 28 different projects are proposed or planned.

According to Integra Realty Resources, 94.1% of downtown apartments are occupied with over 19,000 residents living within a mile of the city center, an increase from approximately 17,900 in 2020.

Local biz

Downtown Raleigh knows how to eat. Food + bev sales are up 14% year over year, and according to DRA, there are 108 downtown lunch spots and over 260 places to eat or drink. Additionally, 22 Raleigh chefs have received James Beard Award nominations since 2010.

Between July 2022 and June 2023, 53 downtown storefront businesses opened, making for over 150 places to shop. More than 90% of downtown storefronts are locally owned and independently operated.

Bill King presents at State of Downtown 2023

President and CEO of DRA Bill King presented during the 2023 State of Downtown, showcasing the exciting developments for downtown Raleigh.


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Tourism + transit

Between July 2022 and June 2023, outdoor events were attended by over 586,000 people with 3.7 million unique downtown visitors. Dreamville music festival’s 100,000 attendees sold out every hotel in downtown and generated $6.7 million in Wake County.

Raleigh boasts 18 miles of bike lanes downtown and has a 97 high walk score, outstepping both downtown Durham and Chapel Hill.

RDU connects to 57 destinations nonstop with 186 average flights per day. Plans are in motion for a high speed rail connecting Raleigh to Richmond with stops in Sanford and Wake Forest. Additionally, over 20 miles of bus rapid transit leading to the center of downtown are planned.

Read more about downtown moving up in the 2023 State of Downtown report.
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • “The Nature of Oaks": An Author’s Talk with Douglas W. Tallamy | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Dorothea Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Dr., Raleigh | $20 | Listen to this author share his work, research, and advocacy for the trees that line our city.
  • Jazz in the Square | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6-8 p.m. | Moore Square, 201 S. Blount St., Raleigh | Free | Listen to smooth sounds from Também and enjoy on-site food, beer, and wine vendors.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 4285 Trinity Rd., Raleigh | $10-$12 | Meet Chef Vivian Howard and “Southern Charm” star Craig Conniver and tour a design studio, participate in a plant workshop from Urban Pothos, and watch home presentations.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd & ZZ Top: The Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6:30 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh | $35-$355 | Rock out to “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” and “Free Bird.”
  • Haunted History Tour | Friday, Sept. 15 | Times vary | Raleigh Walking Tours, LLC, 200 N. Blount St., Raleigh | Free | Learn about the history of some of Raleigh’s most important landmarks accompanied by a ghost story at each stop.
  • Craig Robinson | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main St., Cary | $35-$95 | You know this seasoned comic from “The Office” and “Brooklyn 99" — now watch him perform live.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • 8th Annual Asia Fest with Dragon Boat Racing | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10:30 a.m. | Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary | Free | Watch the signature dragon boat race and explore nearly 100 exhibits and activities, including performances and cultural displays.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Canes 5K | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 7-8:30 a.m. | PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh | $20-$70 | All proceeds benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation and registration includes a T-shirt, breakfast, a ticket to a future Canes game, and post-race beer.
  • Open Mic Sunday at Gizmo | Sunday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Oct. 29 | 3-6 p.m. | Gizmo Brew Works, 5907 Triangle Dr,. Raleigh | Free | Local musicians will show off their chops on the outdoor stage.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • A downtown ABC store has been approved, the first liquor store in the area in nearly 40 years. The store will be located at 212 S. Salisbury St., near Death and Taxes and Deco Raleigh. The proposal for this store included 5,000 sqft of retail space. (CBS 17)
  • Two Raleigh area restaurants made Eater’s top 10 upcoming restaurants in the Carolinas. Scott Crawford’s Brodeto will serve Croation and Italian flavors in Raleigh Iron Works, and Laotian cuisine will come to downtown Cary at Saap, headed by Chef Lon Bounsanga, formerly of Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana.
  • Bad great idea, right? Pop rocker Olivia Rodrigo is headed to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center on March 8 as part of the Guts World Tour. Register now to be selected for tickets.
  • Wake County Animal Center is nearing its capacity. Adoption fees have been waived for dogs that have been at the center for more than 15 days. View the gallery for the 182 adoptable pets.
  • Local developer Raleigh Raised Development has filed plans for eight townhomes and one house on Oberlin Road, just beyond Harris Teeter. These luxury homes will range from 1,600 to 3,700 sqft, and the estimated project cost is $10 million. (Triangle Business Journal)
Try This
  • Next Wednesday, Sept. 20, is Pizza in the Park. Chat with park planners about future plans for greenways, centers, and more, and discuss your ideas for the City of Raleigh parks over some ‘za at John Chavis Memorial Park.
Featured Deal
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill is offering a buy one entree, get one free with code BOGOFREE2023 when you order through the Moe’s app now through Sunday, Dec. 31. Snag the deal.*
🍑 Peachy keen on our farmers markets
Hands holding a purple cabbage above a basket of colorful produce at a farmers market.
Help your local farmers market rank in the AFMC’s list of America’s favorite markets. | Photo by RDNE Stock project via Pexels
The bright burst of a freshly picked blueberry in your mouth, the excitement of seeing the first heirloom tomato of the season, a warm loaf of bread nestled into your tote bag... just thinking about our favorite local farmers market fills us with pride.

It’s time to turn that appreciation into a vote — so the entire nation can know Raleigh has the best farmers markets around.

The 2023 America’s Farmers Market Celebration (AFMC) is open to votes through this Monday, Sept. 18 to find a “People’s Choice” farmers market as the top-endorsed market in the country. The prize? Up to $15,000 for the top five markets to spend on marketing, communication, and other needs.

The most popular market in each state also wins $100 — so get voting. Need a refresher on Raleigh’s finest? We’ve got a guide to local farmers markets.
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I can’t seem to stop talking about fall — this weather is hitting just right. Plus, it looks like Wake County will start experiencing minimal leaf changes this week, according to this tracker from the Smoky Mountains. I want to know, where do you go to find fall colors, in Raleigh or on a day trip? I’m partial to Pullen Park or traveling to Boone and Banner Elk. Let us know.
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