The Downtown Plan work is just beginning, with the first visioning session set for April 2nd.  The  visioning session will include breakout group discussions on how Downtown Raleigh’s role could evolve and transform over the next 10 years.

So what are the BIG IDEAS that will help transform downtown Raleigh and our city?

I  came across this post on with one such idea, placing a group of observation towers around the downtown to view our tree canopy and our beloved cityscape from above.  Suggested spots for towers around downtown include Devereux Meadows, Dix Park and St. Agnes/Oakwood.

Jump over to to read more about this “Above the Oaks” idea, including how the towers could serve as a focal point and a connection for neighborhoods.