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Sidewalk Seating Ordinance Survey Results

222_sidewalk During the month of October, the DLA conducted a survey that tried to get an idea of how things are going with the new sidewalk seating ordinance. DLA members were asked a few questions about how the levels of noise have changed recently and how they felt about the new ordinance. The trial period for these new outdoor seating rules is almost over and we wanted to get the results over to the Raleigh City Council for consideration. Here are some key takeaways:

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Downtown Parking Smartphone App Idea Implemented In Raleigh’s North Hills

nh_park3The DLA’s parking initiative team has been continuing to work after our DataPalooza win last year. We are excited to announce that our smartphone app that addresses concerns about parking in urban areas has been picked up and implemented in Raleigh’s North Hills.

As part of an all encompassing smartphone app, the team has made an iOS and Android application that is a key source of North Hills’s information including events, shops, movies and of course parking.

The app was worked on by DLA members Jim Belt, King White, Eric Majewicz, and Leo Suarez. The team has been talking parking for over a year and with the application now in practical use, they hope to adopt it for downtown Raleigh some time in the future.

The North Hills app is available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple Store.

Read more about it on the official page here on the DLA site.




The City of Raleigh Must Support The Square Loop

Dear Raleigh Residents and Elected Officials,

The decision to decide on a new plan for the Capital Boulevard bridge at Peace Street is coming soon. After weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the two plans,we, the Downtown Living Advocates (DLA), want to show our support for the P5 alternative, commonly called “The Square Loop.”

Our members have voiced, in majority, support of the Square Loop as we feel this new plan will be the best option toward creating a better sense of place, encouraging new development, and connecting the area along Peace Street to our current urban fabric.

The Square Loop is in keeping with the values that were adopted by our City Council in the Capital Boulevard Corridor Study. The DLA asks that our elected officials continue to support the best options for the Capital Boulevard corridor and promote alternatives, like the Square Loop, that create better pedestrian/bicycle friendliness, urban environments, and new growth in our downtown neighborhoods.

We want to thank all parties that have been involved in the planning process, including those at NCDOT and Raleigh City Staff, that have shared information with the DLA about this critical project.

With over 1,000 registered members and many more supporters, the DLA wants to continue to be involved in Raleigh’s growing downtown area.

Downtown Living Advocates

DLA Team’s Downtown Parking Application Wins The NC DataPalooza

As a followup to an earlier post this month, the DLA wants to share that the team behind the parking application, intended to help make parking easier in downtown Raleigh, has won the NC DataPalooza competition.

With a small sum of prize money, the team is planning to continue with working on the prototype and preparing for launch over the next few months.

The team is very motivated about the potential impact it may have on our downtown. We’re also very excited that our application is applicable in many other urban areas and we’re looking into expanding it outside of the triangle.

For more about the application, DLA member Leo Suarez has written about it on his blog.

Parking In Downtown Raleigh May Get Easier Thanks To Open Data

Winners of the DLA Photo Contest

Photo by Lynn Senior

Photo by Lynn Senior

Our photo contest has now come to a close and the winner is Lynn Senior with a great sunrise photo over the Raleigh skyline. Congratulations!

Second place prize goes to Jose Chavira with a dramatic photo of the Raleigh skies after a passing storm. Great job!

Photo by Jose Chavira

Photo by Jose Chavira

And our third place prize goes to David Kang with an active photo of a busy downtown Street. Nice!

Photo by David Kang

Photo by David Kang

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