Parks Seen as Key to Downtown's Raleigh's Future

<p>Planners and community leaders in Raleigh, North Carolina are looking to find ways to bring more residents to the city's struggling downtown. Many say building more parks and playgrounds will be crucial to attracting new residents.</p>
June 16, 2008, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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"They're considering playgrounds and parks on rooftops, more shops, schools and museums. Raleigh's urban designers and planners are moving forward with the plan. It's part of the comprehensive plan for the city."

"The ultimate goal is to get more families to move downtown."

"During a public workshop, ideas such as roof top public parks and parking underneath Moore and Nash Squares were discussed."

"City planners want more families to move downtown and think rooftop parks could be a way to attract them."

"'While we have great schools in downtown, we also need playgrounds to go with it,' President of Downtown Raleigh Alliance, David Diaz said. 'So I think that was an innovative idea, trying to encourage us to build playgrounds and parks on roofs.'"

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Published on Friday, June 13, 2008 in NBC17 Raleigh-Durham
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