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Golden Belt “Shout-Out” on Curbed.com

Curbed.com crafted their first list of top cities you should live in the United States in 2020. The article “The 10 Best Cities in the U.S. to Move to Right Now,” names Raleigh, North Carolina #9 while mentioning Golden Belt Campus as well as American Tobacco Campus (both Alliance-designed) in neighboring Durham.

See what Curbed.com has to say about these thriving cities below:

The 10 best cities in the U.S. to move to right now

Cities that capture that essential but elusive trait: livability

11 February 2020


Raleigh, North Carolina

A downtown rebound fueled by warehouses turned tech hubs

Population: 464,758

Median home price: $284,246

Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,163

The largest city in the Research Triangle, Raleigh has been resurgent lately, a boom built upon a high-tech economy that’s giving a second life to the region’s old industrial spaces. The American Tobacco Campus, American Underground, and the Golden Belt, all in nearby Durham, as well as the forthcoming Iron Works facility in Raleigh, are just four examples of the new generation of businesses taking advantage of the region’s collection of top-tier universities.

The area’s position as a tech center has led to massive shifts in Raleigh’s downtown, which has seen a procession of new high-end hotels and skyscrapers. In the last four years, $1 billion in construction activity has been completed downtown, bringing scores of new business (and job opportunities). But that may be just the beginning of the buildup. With numerous new projects and investments in the pipeline, Urban Land Institute placed Raleigh second on its Markets to Watch list for 2020. Forecasts predict the booming city will continue to grow, making it a great location if you’re an entrepreneur looking to start a new business.

Developments to watch:

The $1 billion Midtown Exchange project—which includes 790,000 square feet of office space and 1,275 new apartments—would add a “city within the city,” according to a developer. That plan is rivaled only by the $1.9 billion Downtown South megaproject, which includes a professional soccer stadium. Raleigh officials are also in the beginning stages of designing Dorothea Dix Park, a sprawling 308-acre park that could bring transformative change to the center of the city.

Hot neighborhoods:

Check out Five Points, a constellation of historic neighborhoods and beautiful bungalow homes; Midtown, the walkable, urban epicenter of the city’s development frenzy; and Apex, a suburb called the “millennial Mayberry” that’s grown tremendously in recent years.

Cool sites to check out:

Go camping or floating at Eno River State Park, or tour Duke University, designed by black architect Julian Abele 37 years before he could have attended the school. For a weekend trip, head west to Asheville and visit the nearby Black Mountain State College, an experimental art school.

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