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Cameron Village, Raleigh
(4.4/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
Cameron Village was the first planned community to be developed in Raleigh, North Carolina. Development was started in 1947 when J.W. York and R.A Bryan bought 158 acres (0.64 km2) of undeveloped land two miles west of downtown Raleigh, near the North Carolina State University campus. The "village" was to consist of a shopping center, apartments, and single family homes.HistoryThe shopping center opened in 1949, and quickly became the premier shopping area in Raleigh. It is also considered the first shopping center to be built between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The shopping center is an open-air shopping mall, but unlike a strip mall, the stores are divided into blocks with some on two levels. Several parking decks were built in the 1960s, although most of these were removed in later renovations, to give a more open feel.Cameron Village grew quickly, and by 1950 the community had 65 stores, a movie theater, more than 600 homes and apartments, and over 100 business/professional offices. Downtown Raleigh, which had been the primary shopping location in the Raleigh area, started to see a decline in business as consumers gravitated toward the convenient parking of Cameron Village.The Occidental Life Insurance Company Building was added to Cameron Village in 1956. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
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  • Ate here one evening. Lots of fans watching various football games so it was loud good menu with lots to choose from. Picky eater husband loved his meal and even ate all leftovers which is rare. Drink...  more »
  • I enjoyed the shoppes at Cameron Village. They were not just your cookie cutter shoppes. I loved the small boutiques that offer unique gifts and clothing. Easy walking to stores and plenty of eateries...  more »
  • I LOVE Cameron Village. If you're looking for a different shopping experience, come here! It's best described as an upscale strip mall, with ample parking, unique stores like Uniquities (with a few ch...  more »