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Link Peace Street

APR 12, 2012

There is a new group in Downtown, with a grand vision for the Peace Street Corridor: a vision that goes well beyond plans developed last year by the City. It's called "Link Peace Street".

Members of the DLA have joined the planning team and are helping to organize Downtown residents to support this effort. With many DLA members living in Glenwood South, Glenwood-Brooklyn, Capital Park and Mordecai, this is an opportunity to directly affect the quality of life in our neighborhood.

The Peace Street Corridor is a place stuck in time.

As the revitalization of Downtown Raleigh has proceeded, the Peace Street Corridor has remained a place stuck in time, with buildings and an infrastructure that bear witness to its industrial past.Although located within the Central Business District the streetscape is unattractive and mostly ignored by developers, who focus their attention on urbanizing the areas of Glenwood South to the west and Blount Street Commons to the east.

But there is now a great opportunity to reconnect the area.

The city has been informed by NCDOT that they must replace the aging bridge within the next few years.

The Link Peace Street vision is for the City to work with NCDOT to consider the possibility of removing rather than replacing the bridge, and constructing an at-grade intersection.

Ways to best manage peak traffic volumes need to be studied.

Capital Boulevard will remain an important traffic corridor and gateway into Downtown Raleigh. Traffic patterns for cars entering from the north must be studied so that solutions can be developed to avoid undue traffic congestion during peak periods.

Though the city is not considering this vision at this time, our aim is to add the at-grade intersection alternative to the bridge replacement proposals which are now being studied.

Let's begin now to plan for this future. This is what the area around Peace Street could look like as an at-grade intersection. Click the image below to see historical photos of the area before the bridge.

A big push from residents is needed.

Although the City agrees that the area as it is, is ?hostile to pedestrians? as stated in their recent studies, plans are nevertheless moving forward to replace the bridge. Therefore the Link Peace Street vision will likely not be realized without a big push from residents.

We encourage all DLA members to join us in supporting this project, working together with the City to revitalize this important area in Downtown Raleigh.

Find out more and learn how you can support this effort.

Go to -> linkpeacestreet.com

1.The Capital Blvd Study comment period is currently open. Express your support by submitting your comments to (tricia.hasch@raleighnc.gov).
2. Email your city councilors. Details and a prewritten letter can be found on the website.
3. Stay connected to the project by subscribing to the mailing list.

THANKS FOR JOINING US IN THIS INITIATIVE WHICH SUPPORTS THE 2030 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. WITH YOUR VOICE, WE CAN ENSURE THAT THE PEACE STREET CORRIDOR IS RECONNECTED WITH THE URBAN GRID AND CORE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT.

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