Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ruby Tuesday #27: Fayetteville Street at Christmas


"Fayetteville Street"
Raleigh, NC - December 2008 (Click to embiggen)

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Many years ago the city planners in Raleigh thought it would be a good idea to turn Fayetteville Street into a plaza of shops and restaurants that visitors could stroll along during good weather spending copious amounts of cash.

That didn't work out so well. So after much deliberation and probably more than a few back-channel deals, the city council decided to scrap the Mall and turn Fayetteville Street back into a... street. The jury's still out on whether that will work out any better, but the businesses along Fayetteville Street don't seem to be suffering for the change.

At its northern end Fayetteville Street terminates at the State Capitol building which you can see in the background. You've probably guessed that I took this shot just before Christmas, and the red decorations on the street lamps qualified it for Ruby Tuesday.Violence Unsilenced


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22 comments:

maryt/theteach said...

Fayetteville Street looks lovely to me, Mojo... Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

ilanadavita said...

Very nice and clear shot.

Leora said...

I hope the city planners got it right this time. I was thinking of becoming an urban planner, in my naive youth; then I worked for the City of Boston for a few months and discovered the politics. Among other things.

It's a beautiful shot looking down the street.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Looks like a happy place to visit, Mojo. Are there always red lights all along the street?

Catherine said...

Absolutely qualified for Ruby Tuesday.

We get the "Galeries Lafayette" here in Paris, a temple for shopping, maybe city planners expected a great success.
With the Monochrome, yesterday, your city decision makers seem to have made errors. Or maybe, consumers didn't feel concerned.

This street is however welcoming.

Felisol said...

Fayetteville Street looks like a great place to be.
Public will always want on variety in shops, restaurants, theaters, parking spaces e.t.c.
If that combination fail, they won't show up.
We have a similar problem in our town center in daytime.
Come evenings and the key-street are
litterally fooded with people.

Asked my husband about the Dodge.
It was never sold in Europe. Mitsubishi sold a similar here.
(Gunnar also claims that Mitsubishi manufactured the motor in the Dodge. I can't really tell
From Felisol

kenju said...

Good photo! I think that the street will be much better than the mall was, but it may not be booming (in this economy) for a long time.

Ralph said...

Ah, urban planners...they often micro-manage the areas of commerce and try to engineer them to 'make' the ideal restaurant row and close the street. Yet, it is often better to encourage the entrepreneurial restaurateurs to live their dreams, and leave the road alone. In Raleigh, they figured that out. How many other city planners don't?

Kathy said...

=) Looks like a street I wouldn't mind strolling in the evening. Not overly decorated but still nice.

Carletta said...

Another wonderful night shot with great depth of field.
I much prefer old city streets and storefronts renovated instead of urban malls.
When I was at Mary's I thought you had gone up to NY for a visit. :)

My post is at Carletta’s Captures my new photoblog.

napaboaniya said...

For a second I thought it was street decorations during the X'mas season :P The council could have made it more interesting if their point was to turn it to a street shop/restaurant street.
This street is looking a little deserted :P

gingereebs said...

This is beautiful. It does look very quiet. This must have been late at night?

Norm said...

the lights and decorations are fabulous and looks very clean, peaceful and beautiful.

Artist Unplugged said...

It's a beautiful street, especially that night shot. I hope it flourishes!!!!!

Juliana RW said...

its beautiful...

My entry for RT this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

Nukke said...

Nice red in pic ! Looks expencive.

Snoopygie said...

what a beautiful sight.

Shadow said...

aaah, i was wondering about all the red...

Eaton Bennett said...

That, is a very pretty photo and the street looks pretty good to me. :)

My Ruby Tuesday

Dianne said...

very pretty
I love the way your night shots turn out

Tink *~*~* said...

There's a street like that in downtown Manhattan - Nassau street, which which is filled with shopping and closed to all but pedestrian traffic.

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