Where Should Tampa Bay’s Downtowns Find Inspiration? Check Out Raleigh, NC

Downtown Raleigh. Photo: thephotoforum.com

Downtown Raleigh. Photo: thephotoforum.com

​Downtown Tampa after dark isn’t as deserted as it used to be, but it’s far from vibrant. Downtown St. Petersburg may be humming with bars, restaurants and new apartments, but it has few corporate employers. A decade ago downtown Raleigh, NC, combined the worst of both worlds. Now it has become a mecca for millennials to live, work and play, and Raleigh’s success is no secret. So it’s worth a look at what’s happening in this once sleepy Tar Heel town that both sides of Tampa Bay would be lucky to emulate.

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