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‘Raleighwood’ Sign Appears on Hillsborough Street

A few months ago, some 1920s-era storefronts and an old rental house across from Cup-a-Joe on Hillsborough Street were knocked down. In their place, a gigantic mound of dirt was left. It’s been the subject of speculation amongst passersby and coffee shop patrons, but I don’t think anything has been publicly stated outlining exactly what the miniature mountain is all about.

When driving by last night, I noticed a blinking light from the top of the mound. Upon further inspection, I noticed a bit more.

I’ve never been very fond of the phrase Raleighwood, but it seems to fit this location. I pass by this place every day during my commute, and a few days ago some LEDs were added. It looks like someone took it a bit further and decorated it to resemble the mountain in L.A. with the iconic Hollywood sign.

My guess is that the hill is there in anticipation of the Stanhope Plan [PDF] coming to fruition, and the fill dirt will be used in grading and leveling the landscape in support of it.

It remains to be seen how long Raleigh’s miniature version of the iconic Hollywood sign will remain in place, but it certainly adds a bit of character to an otherwise perplexing miniature mountain on Hillsborough Street.

Update

I received a few requests for high resolution versions of the images here for desktop backgrounds. Here are a few, including one not originally in the post, above. All are sized 1600 x 1067.

Raleighwood Sign on City-Blox

You can also order this as a miniature 2″x3″ mounted print from City-Blox too.

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