Raleigh's Fayetteville Street Named 'Great Place' by American Planning Association
As part of a holistic planning approach to Downtown improvements, the City of Raleigh converted Fayetteville Street from a closed-off and neglected street to an open one distinguished with special streetscape elements. The APA’s award acknowledging Fayetteville Street will be formally presented at the start of the Raleigh City Council meeting beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Building. Mayor Nancy McFarlane will issue a proclamation designating October as National Community Planning Month in Raleigh.In 2006, the vision of the Livable Streets Plan became a reality when Fayetteville Street was reopened to vehicular traffic. It called for 30-foot sidewalks, midblock crossings, and curb extensions for public art and wayfinding icons.
The City of Raleigh invested approximately $11 million in funding to revitalize the inactive pedestrian mall into a vibrant, prosperous, livable Main Street of Downtown Raleigh. Fayetteville Street has seen more than $2 billion in public and private investment, including the construction of Raleigh’s tallest skyscraper; a completely revitalized street-level economy including dining, retail, art galleries and nightlife; and major new residential developments. Fayetteville Street has become the center of downtown activity in no small part due to the accessibility of its design. The street design features the widest sidewalks in the downtown, maturing street trees, and colorful pavers at major intersections.
APA has designated 290 Great Places around the country since the program’s inception 11 years ago. This year there were 15 designees, including Fayetteville Street. To learn more, visit the City's planning page. More information is also available about National Community Planning Month.