North Carolinas capital city has undergone its share of transformations over the years, from the growth of the suburbs in the 1960s to a recent downtown rebirth that has brought luxury apartments and $14 mixed drinks to what used to be a sleepy state-government town.
Now Raleigh could see the biggest game-changer yet: Amazon.
Raleigh was thrust into the national spotlight when it landed on the list of 20 potential cities for the technology giants second headquarters, which promises a $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs.
Many people in Raleigh have cheered the news while acknowledging challenges, including traffic, an affordable-housing shortage and lack of an advanced transit system. But theres another worry, too: How would a mammoth company like Amazon affect the character of Raleigh, a city that has already seen so much growth and change?
That atmosphere, that knowing your neighbor, is slowly drifting away, said Evelyn Murray, owner of Briggs Hardware downtown. (Raleigh) will be less personable. Its all business and well lose that hometown atmosphere.