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Cameron Village, Raleigh

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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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  • What a wonderful cafeteria to enjoy. Most cafeterias have the reputation of a senior dining destination. This one has freshly cooked and well seasoned entrees with a wide variety to choose from. The a...  more »
  • Great shops in an easy location with lots of restaurant choices. Well kept and flowers were beautiful. Nice wide sidewalks made it a great place to park and just walk around.  more »
  • It looks like most of the 5 star reviews are about specific stores rather than the shopping village as a whole. As a shopping area, it's nothing special; not particularly quaint or pleasant. I was loo...  more »
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  • It's a pretty upper-middle-class shopping center. It serves perfectly well in that capacity. There just isn't a ton that makes it stand out: most of the good food places have other locations, the single bar (and grill) is family-friendly sports bar stuff, and although the shops are good, none really stand out. All in all, though, Cameron Village is pretty damn good, it just probably won't 'wow' you or give you anything unexpected.
  • Cameron Village is a great little shopping center in the downtown area of Raleigh. They have multiple store that offer specialty items as well as restaurants to visit so you don't have to travel while you're shopping. The last time we visited there there parking was limited due to the number of people visiting the shopping center this would be my only complaint. I have not visited during night time hours so I'm unable to inform you of how will the areas lit. All in all a trip with your spouse to Cameron Village will be a good day.
  • Good semblance of shops. The food is good but it seems like there are either fast causal places or pretty expensive date worthy types. Doesn't seem to be much middle ground. Either way, it can be a nice place to walk around. Pretty safe at all hours.
  • I don't care for any of the shops here, many of which seem like really overpriced boutique shops that your rich grandmother from Palm Beach shops at. ($400 bedazzled jewelry box? Paisley printed kafkan?) I just like the fact that there's a great Harris Teeter nearby and there's usually plenty of parking.
  • Great cluster of all kinds of mostly good shopping. Great Outdoors store and a big Grocery store. There is a good list of restaurants and s good Starbucks. Plenty of free parking.

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Where to stay in Raleigh

Staying downtown provides the most convenient access to Raleigh's leading attractions. You'll find a couple of large, efficient hotels here--they feature a large volume of beds. The area around the North Campus of North Carolina State University lies just west of downtown and features a handful of additional hotels. A cluster of national chain hotels and motels lies in the midtown area north of downtown. There are a couple of bus lines that provide easy access to downtown from here, so this area serves as a suitable option if you cannot find accommodation in the city center. The intersection of I-440 and Route 70 to the northwest of downtown features numerous hotels and motels, but these largely cater to business travelers who require convenient access to both downtown and the airport.
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