The Raleigh Food Corridor is a brand new, community-sourced project along two miles of Blount and Person Streets, linking diverse communities through local food.
Food has the power to build healthy communities and healthy cities.
The food corridor is connective tissue in our city, designed to link diverse parts of the city around the common economic, social, and ecological benefits of local food projects.
Imagine neighborhoods full of food: green growing spaces, vibrant restaurants and small businesses, and easy, equitable access to healthy food. Now imagine how neighborhoods like that could help eliminate childhood hunger, build strong social connections, ease poverty, and help us all make positive change in our communities. The Raleigh Food Corridor makes that vision an achievable reality.
The Raleigh Food Corridor starts from two fundamentals. First, local food helps build healthy communities. Second, clusters of community-based local food projects build vibrant, sustainable urban food systems and healthy cities. Local food projects like home and community gardens, urban farms, markets, community kitchens, food business incubators, food hubs, local restaurants, composting and soil-building sites, school gardens and farm-to-school cafeterias can all support each other and start to transform the way people think about food. Along the Raleigh Food Corridor, clustered proximity of projects like these leads to better connections, easier transportation, more visibility, and bigger impact for everyone’s efforts.
The successful food corridor starts in the right place.
The 2-mile long Raleigh Food Corridor is small enough to be achievable, big enough to inspire, and built for expansion over time. This length of Blount and Person Streets is the right place in the city to start: successful urban agriculture projects anchor the north and south ends, Downtown’s commercial core provides a built-in market for local food, plans for new bike lanes and pedestrian access are already in the works, and the Corridor’s diverse communities are close enough to each other to profit together from the benefits of local food.
A big vision is balanced with community direction.
The Corridor is meant to benefit all people along it, and success only comes with authentic community engagement. The Raleigh Food Corridor evolves over time, as the flexible vision is filled by diverse new projects that adjust to neighborhood needs and new ideas.
Food projects are adaptable tools.
The food projects along the Corridor can be seen as tools, each with a different set of functions and benefits. These ‘tools’ can be responsive to certain neighborhoods, bringing new jobs and food access where needed, food-based activity and entertainment throughout, new community projects in some areas, and new local dining options and agri-tourism traffic.
What if the City of Raleigh was defined by food?