Category: Downtown Living (Page 2 of 11)

Downtown merchants resist proposed changes to Outdoor “Dining” Ordinance


In the past several weeks, restaurant and bar owners in Glenwood South have joined other business proprietors across downtown to put public pressure on City Council to defer approving what they view as a hastily prepared change to the City’s Outdoor Dining Ordinance. The proposed change to the ordinance seeks to restrict bar patrons from drinking on public sidewalks outside downtown bars.

Council agrees to defer decision for 30 days

City Council has agreed that the ordinance change as initially drafted unfairly targets a small number of bars and has thus deferred their decision, sending the issue to the Law & Public Safety Committee for further review.  A new Hospitality Committee that includes both residents and merchants is now working with City staff to develop alternate proposals.

Meeting weekly, the Hospitality Committee has already agreed on the need for any ordinance change to apply equally to any restaurant or bar (private club) that serves alcohol outside to patrons during late night weekend hours or during special events.

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LoMo Brings More than Vegetables to Glenwood South

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Post by Donna Belt

When my husband retired in the early 2000’s from a role that had moved us to London, we resolved to explore Europe by living in each setting of our choice for at least a month.  Our goal was to look past the buildings and history to feel the pulse of a place, how people related to each other, how they cooked, and looked after their families.  Often we felt like observers, trapped by our otherness, until market day would arrive.  Then we’d buy our eggs in a brown paper bag, carefully handed over with a smile from a local farm woman.  And we’d get to know the farm cheese produced for generations in that locale.  Neighbors who’d never spoken to us would pause with us in line to greet us and ask what had brought us there.

IMG_0794As we walked through the winter drizzle to Glenwood’s first Sunday afternoon LoMo stop and I saw neighbors hurrying up the street with their hoods pulled against the cold, it struck me that LoMo is our own version of the small European village market day.  It’s our window on what is growing in the countryside, and what locally ground nut butters taste like, and the magic of fish freshly pulled from the sea.  It’s seeing the same few people selling regional products – from home made soups, to fresh baked bread, to ready-assembled dinners – each week, and greeting neighbors we’ve never met.

IMG_0788When LoMo agreed to come to our neighborhood, I saw it as a convenience.  Great!  I’ll top off my produce for the week.  But now, I see it as so much more.  I’m supporting a responsible, sustainable way of growing and distributing food; I’m helping entrepreneurial young people who are connecting others who are creating a living doing what they love; and I’m appreciating a sense of neighborhood that is growing organically, simply from recognizing the same faces each week.


Come join us.  LoMo (Local Mobile) parks beside Dos Taquitos every Sunday afternoon between 4:30 and 6:00.  See you there, Neighbor.

Other LoMo Market stops in downtown Raleigh: [see map]

  • Citrix: West Street, Tuesdays 11:30am – 1:oopm
  • Seaboard Station: Halifax Street, Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • St. Mary’s School: Hillsborough Street, Wednesdays 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • The Boylan Saturday Market: Kinsey Street, Saturdays 10:30am – 1:00pm

In responding to Hatem’s approach to Amplified Outdoor Entertainment permitting, let’s expand the conversation.

Post by Donna Belt

(Donna is an Executive Board Member of the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative and leads the neighborhood’s public art.)

200fayetteville1On the morning of January 26, headlines in the N&O – Downtown developer Hatem raises alarm as Raleigh weighs noisier Fayetteville Street – reignited a conversation that has been taking place in Raleigh over the past few years.  And now, it’s come to the forefront as City Councillors weigh Hatem’s argument against Outdoor Amplified Entertainment permits for bars and restaurants along Fayetteville Street.


First, I’d like to say that Hatem is right.  He does need to move to Oakwood, if he finds Fayetteville Street “unlivable”.  Families with young children are often happy for a lifestyle with controls in place that ensure quiet homogeneity.

As a prime developer of downtown properties, Greg Hatem has contributed a lot to our city.  But the argument he makes negating the approval of these permits is based on a self-limiting premise, that it’s EITHER happy residents with restrictions placed on late night businesses, OR miserable residents suffering with unlivable noise and mess.

Glenwood South – with 5 times more residents than the Fayetteville Street District and 75 businesses (many open late night) – has embraced moving the conversation from an assumption of Either-Or to Both-And.

BOTH late night businesses have Amplified Outdoor Entertainment permits, AND residents have a process in place for working with business owners and a City appointed noise ordinance officer until concerns are resolved.

BOTH late night businesses are encouraged, AND the vitality of daytime restaurants and shops is supported by the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative, DLA, DRA and Shop Local Raleigh.

We believe that what is good for business is also good for residents, when both are working together for the empowerment of all.  And certainly happy residents make good customers.

We believe that Raleigh cannot develop the vitality that entices residents to move into the downtown if we continue to stay stuck in an Either-Or discussion.

We believe that downtown life is MORE engaging and alive because of diverse interests considering creative resolutions for solving the issues that inevitably arise with thousands of residents living in mixed use districts.

If you’re an Either-Or kind of person, then the suburbs will suit you fine.  But if you welcome the opportunity to create community around models that are inclusive, adaptable and innovative, then downtown life is a great choice.  That is, as long as  arguments like Hatem’s are seen for what they are: show stoppers, rather than invitations for the kind of collaboration that defines an alive, vital downtown.

‘OrderUp’ Food Delivery Now Serving Downtown Raleigh

Post written and submitted by OrderUp Raleigh.

X50UrsdD_400x400You know the feeling: You’re hungry and want something good but slammed at work or settled in at your place getting ready to watch the game. Your usual go-to doesn’t deliver and you’re looking for new options.

Maybe you’ll Google “restaurants Raleigh” or something like “best Thai Fayetteville Street” and see what jumps out. You’ll visit website after website, read the menus, look for specials, read reviews on which items are recommended, and then look to see if they deliver.

Well downtowners, OrderUp is here to make that process a lot easier.

Either through their website or by downloading their app, you can immediately begin discovering and ordering from restaurants that will deliver right to your door.  They’ll also give you a heads up about any specials or recommended items from our featured restaurants.

How does it work? 

It’s pretty simple. You enter your delivery address, view the restaurants that are available to deliver to your location, select items from an interactive menu, place your order, and allow us to bring you your food.

How do I pay for my order?

They accept most major credit cards and we take pride in offering a secure platform to enter your information.

Is it a legitimate business? 

Yes. OrderUp is currently operating in 38 U.S. markets and rapidly growing. All their drivers are background checked and go through an orientation and onboarding process before hitting the road.  We offer customer service assistance via Twitter, and email.

Want to try OrderUp?  Receive $10 off your first order, but hurry — credits expire on 1/26!  Visit to snag your $10 and enjoy.

Glenwood South’s ‘Scarf Tree’

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On Wednesday, December 3 at 9:30 knitters from Glenwood South gathered to finish wrapping more than a hundred scarves around one of the oldest and largest trees on the block at 201 Glenwood Avenue.  This year it took two lifts to allow artists to reach branches that loom high over the two story Duncan-Parnell building, whose history on the street dates back to 1978, (when they were located at 400 Glenwood Ave.)



More than sixty knitters have participated in Glenwood South’s second annual tree sweater project, this time attracting knitters from as far away as Hawaii, Texas and even Ontario.

 “Sweaters have been flowing in, sometimes made by mothers of Glenwood South residents, who have heard about the project,” comments Donna Belt, project organizer, “I was really surprised to find a box at my door this week, sent by one of last year’s knitters, who has since moved out of the country.”

But most of the scarves were made by community knitters who met at St. Saviour’s Center to stitch with seniors who were recipients of last year’s tree sweater blankets.  Inspired by the colorful statement of community shared with them, knitters at St. Saviors and Glenwood Towers determined that this year they would host the knitting and pass the scarves on to Love Wins, a ministry to the homeless led by Hugh Hollowell in the Glenwood South neighborhood.

Other additions this year include three large fiber sculptures created by Amanda Snavely, a 1996 graduate of NC State University College of Design, of KDA’S Design. .

SAM_0055The project was organized by the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative, and in addition to all the knitters, was made possible by artist Amanda Snavely, St. Saviour’s Center, Duncan-Parnell, United Arts Council, (whose volunteer Julia Mastropaolo helped at every step).  Sponsorship for hanging the scarves provided by Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hibernian, Cornerstone Tavern; and finally Brueggers for  hosting the knitters on December 3.

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