As business owners in City Market, we see the opportunity to provide much-needed retail to the growing community that lives, works and visits downtown. Raleigh needs to revitalize downtown holistically by providing residents and visitors a variety of experiences that go beyond great dining and Fayetteville Street. Renovating Moore Square is a great first step.
We agree that Raleigh needs to do a better job educating the public about its parking. However, City Market’s “two-hour free” parking doesn’t help. It can attract those who aren’t customers, adding to a “less-than-safe” perception. Consistent metered parking throughout the city should be considered because businesses can always validate parking for their purchasing customers.
Whether its streets are metered or even designated “car-free,” City Market can become a shopping and dining destination with the right investments; just look at City Market in Savannah.
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The promise of a vibrant, economically booming Raleigh is very close. We are excited to be a part of this growth.
Stephanie and Kaitlyn Herold
Owners, Dogwood Collective