...days since Raleigh City Council discontinued Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs) with NO REPLACEMENT.
Time until the 2021 Raleigh City Council election:
Virtual Community Forum!
We want to hear YOUR voice!
Come discuss Livable Raleigh’s activities and community engagement issues, and give your input on critical topics leading up to Raleigh’s 2021 October elections.
Bring your questions and concerns!
Leading Raleigh Political Strategist, Brad Crone, will make predictions and take your questions.
Saturday, January 30, 2021 – 10AM
Read up on our latest news…
“The Only Thing Worse Than A NIMBY Is A YIMBY,” and other truths about affordable housing and what the “Yes” crowd really means
Instead of building condos for the people who don’t need houses, and hoping that eventually market forces will slowly reduce prices at every level, it’s possible to build for the people who do need houses. There is also no need for progress to involve bulldozing beloved historic places.
Did you hear about this tax increment thing that’s happening in Raleigh? Sounds a little sketchy to me! Mega-developer John Kane wants hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to pay for his Downtown South sports stadium.
City Council work session and afternoon session on Tuesday, including update on Short-Term Rentals text change. Other meetings on Dix Park, Greenstormwater Infrastructure, and the Slave Dwelling Project. Check out our latest blogs on LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, Council’s response to requests for an African-American Advisory Board, and Livable Raleigh’s January 30 Q&A forum on 2021 Raleigh City Elections
In Historic Victory, Hillsborough Becomes First North Carolina Municipality to Pass LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections Since Sunset of HB142. What About Raleigh?
Monday, Jan 11 the Board of Commissioners in Hillsborough, North Carolina voted to pass an ordinance broadly protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. The vote makes Hillsborough, a town with a population of 7,000 people, the first municipality in...
Saturday, Jan 30, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Livable Raleigh will host a Community Forum over Zoom. ALL are welcome! We want to hear YOUR voice! What issues are important to you for 2021? We will discuss Livable Raleigh's activities in 2020 and plans for 2021,...
At the Jan 5 City Council meeting, two residents spoke eloquently asking the city to create an African-American Affairs Board. Watch the clip to hear these comments and Mayor Baldwin’s denial of their reasonable request. Why did this Council approve a Hispanic and Immigrant Affairs Board, but not one for the African-American community?
Want the latest on Council’s Community Engagement Study? Tune in to Tuesday’s 4pm work session for an update on this and on the Housing Bond.
Five Points CAC and Southwest Community Engagement group each host Zoom meetings on Monday night.
Also on Monday at 8am the group studying Council terms and salaries meets.
There are a number of opportunities to share your input on parks and floodplain regulations.
On Tuesday, January 5th I spoke to the City Council about the progress of the City's community engagement project. Below are my comments. — Michael Lindsay Hi Mayor Baldwin and City Council members. Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you. I hope all of you...
At City Council last night, Bob Geary, 202 East Park Drive, made the following comments about the Downtown South project. He is a former columnist for the Independent Weekly and a former member of the Raleigh Planning Commission. Good evening, and Happy New Year! Just...
Yesterday we noted Terrance Ruth's entrance into the 2021 mayoral race as well as Jane Harrison's announcement on New Year's Day that she will be running for the District D Council seat in the October elections. We should've added that Joshua Bradley, a Bernie...
Terrance Ruth is challenging Mary-Ann Baldwin for Raleigh Mayor. Ruth announced his candidacy earlier today. Baldwin announced her re-election bid at the end of December. Watch Terrance's Announcement Video Campaign website Truth For Raleigh Facebook Truth...
Happy New Year! Sign up by 5pm Friday, 1/1, to speak at the 1/5 City Council meeting. Short-term rentals being discussed at Text Change Committee on 1/5. Many rezonings on 1/5 Council public hearing agenda. Provide input on floodplain regulations.
Raleigh is at a pivotal moment, a moment where leaders must listen. For a city that has received so much praise for its quality of life as a great place to live, work, and raise a family, Raleigh’s leadership is being questioned by its most important stakeholders, the community.
The son of one of Raleigh’s first Black City Councilors speaks out against gentrification in Raleigh. He says this Council’s abolition of CACs “leaves Raleigh’s heart open to knives that will cut neighborhoods and communities up”.
I helped Mayor Clarence Lightner create the CACs. Why is the current City Council so unwilling to listen to citizens?
“The lack of serious communication in the past few days is also symptomatic of an unwillingness to listen.” — Henry Sarnoff, Prof. Emeritus, NCSU
During the holidays we are re-posting some of our favorite guest blogs while we take some time away from our normal hectic schedules. Here is a recent message from Jane Harrison. Jane Harrison, Ph.D., works at North Carolina State University for NOAAs Sea Grant...
Sign up by 5pm Friday, 1/1, to speak at the January 5 City Council meeting. Lots of surveys and opportunities for online input. Happy Holidays!
Let’s advocate for meaningful community engagement as the Downtown South project moves forward. We need to ensure that concerns about gentrification, affordable housing, flooding, and traffic are addressed and not swept under the rug.
The Question of Equity. Or, Why “Downtown South” is, so far, Right for Kane, Wrong for South Raleigh
“Exclusive is what Kane wants. Inclusive is what Raleigh needs.” The public hearing on Kane’s “Downtown South” project is tonight at 7 pm.
When major commercial development comes knocking onto residential’s door, it is wise for residents to learn from past rezonings. The news of the Downtown South project brings back memories of my involvement with the St Albans rezonings a few years ago. Kane Realty and...