In 1946, my Dad, Willie York, got on a train to head to Chicago to attend the annual Home Builders Association meeting. On that trip, he met JC Nichols of Kansas City, who had developed Country Club Plaza, the first planned shopping center in the United States. After hearing about the Plaza, Dad decided he wanted to develop a similar shopping center in his hometown of Raleigh.
Now 64 years later, Cameron Village, Raleigh’s first planned mixed use development, remains one of the most desirable addresses in the city. The concept was simple. Six open blocks of retailing where stores are visible, easily accessible and bordered by apartments, single family houses, and office buildings. It has been sold three times to owners who have enabled it to grow and prosper and has been managed by York Properties the entire 64 years.