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Moore Square, Raleigh

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The Moore Square Historic District is a registered historic district located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the district is centered on Moore Square, one of two surviving four-acre (1.6 hm) parks from Raleigh's original 1792 plan. The park is named after Alfred Moore, a North Carolina judge who became an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. Originally a residential neighborhood, Moore Square developed into a primary commercial hub in the city throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The district includes East Hargett Street, once known as Raleigh's "Black Main Street", because it once contained the largest number of businesses owned by African-Americans in the city. City Market, Marbles Kids Museum/IMAX theatre, Pope House Museum, Artspace, and the Long View Center are located in the Moore Square district. Events that take place in Moore Square include the Raleigh Arts Festival, Artsplosure, Movies in the Park, the Street Painting Festival, and the Moore Square Farmer’s Market The approximate district boundaries include Person, Morgan, Wilmington, and Davie Streets.
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  • I just don't get it. What's the big deal about a giant acorn sitting in a park that caters to the homeless of Raleigh? It doesn't distribute food, clothing, shelter, medical care...nothing. It's an ac...  more »
  • Honestly, this place is rather a dump, and looked to even be slightly dangerous as we drove around it looking for the acorn. The acorn is no longer in Moore Square. Moore Square is a lie. If you're lo...  more »
  • The acorn is no longer in Moore Square... Moore Square looks like a dump... Nothing worth seeing here... Go a few blocks down the street to Nash Square instead.  more »
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  • Very open but also very crowded. Good for large events but not for typical park activities. (e.g. no shade, hard to play field games because so many people and intersecting walkways, few benches, no tables). This is truly a square and not a park.
  • I'm fond of Moore Square. I have lived in Raleigh all of my life and this is a rare preservation of the town's character. A popular meeting place for Marches and a lot of other events. I love too see the acorn.
  • Great, central location surrounded by Marbles and a lot of great restaurants and bars. Be prepared to deal with panhandlers.
  • Not the cleanest park. It not a bad park. We had a GORUCK Ingress operation clear field meet up here. Niantic way of giving back to the parks. We spent a little time cleaning up trash.
  • It would be a lot nicer to be at, but there are a lot of homeless people. Nothing wrong with most of them but some can be drunk or high and can be pretty frightening. I'm there everyday and there are a lot of nice people, but there are some not so nice people.

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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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