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Budget Busting Bus Shelters

Budget Busting Bus Shelters

At-Large Councilor Melton is excited to spend an extra $720,000 on designer bus shelters. Bus rider Lenora Southerland just wants a place to sit while she waits. Instead of moving quickly to add bus benches and shelters at more than 1,000 bus stops with neither,...

Predatory Towing in Raleigh

Predatory Towing in Raleigh

Imagine waking up in bed one morning, walking outside to your car to start your day, only to find that your car is gone, vanished; it’s not in front of your home where you parked it last evening. This may sound like an unlikely scenario to many Raleigh residents, but...

Council Adopts Titanic Tax Plan; Learn More on June 14

Council Adopts Titanic Tax Plan; Learn More on June 14

On May 4th Raleigh City Council committed up to $75 million, and probably a great deal more, to something it considers a high-priority need.Is it homelessness? Road repairs? Public schools?  No, it’s boosting developers’ profits.It sounds ridiculous. And it...

Another Test of Council’s Anti-Environmental Agenda

Another Test of Council’s Anti-Environmental Agenda

A resident asks for Open and Fair Rezoning Governance. Tom Kwak is a Raleigh resident concerned with the future environmental health of our City and especially the potential to disregard environmental impacts as Raleigh navigates through its growing pains.  He...

TIGs Feeding Off Raleigh Taxpayers

TIGs Feeding Off Raleigh Taxpayers

Tax Increment Grants — TIGs for developers — are about to be turned into a perpetual slush fund, with Baldwin’s Council handing out the goodies and Raleigh taxpayers saddled with long-term debt.

Racing toward a TIG

Racing toward a TIG

Livable Raleigh Chair Susan Maruyama sent the following email to Councilor Melton, chair of the Economic Development & Innovation Committee. The EDI Committee met on April 27 to further discuss the Tax Increment Grant (TIG) Policy. Hello Councilor Melton, I just...

City Council Appears to Listen

City Council Appears to Listen

During the Public Comment session of the City Council meeting on April 22, both Susan Maruyama and Chantelle Miles addressed the recent N&O article concerning the lack of benches at 70% of Raleigh bus stops.  They asked the council to show compassion to...

Raleigh Affordable Housing: a Step in the Right Direction

Raleigh Affordable Housing: a Step in the Right Direction

The News & Observer reported on April 15 that the City of Raleigh has purchased almost 4 acres of land for future affordable housing. The land is along New Bern Avenue where the City is planning a future bus rapid transit line. This is a perfect location for more...

Priorities All Wrong

Priorities All Wrong

There are three things that are drastically wrong with the path that is being taken by the Raleigh City Council and the GoRaleigh Public Bus System to address the urgent need for bus shelters: The real life needs of the majority of bus ridership, the structural and...

TAKE ACTION – Tell City Council This Lady Deserves a Bench to Sit On!

TAKE ACTION – Tell City Council This Lady Deserves a Bench to Sit On!

We need to make our voices heard immediately so that the power of our public opinion forces the City Council to designate the funding (because funds do exist) and make an immediate plan to begin installing benches at all 1000 bus stops that are currently without a bench or bus shelter.

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Ms. Lenora Southerland, age 82, poses for a portrait at the bus stop near her Raleigh home on Wed, April 14, 2021 (Photo:  JULI LEONARD JLEONARD@NEWSOBSERVER.COM) Dear Friends, Handwritten note from Ms. Southerland attached to the buckets at the bus stop...

Nicole Stewart is No Environmentalist

Nicole Stewart is No Environmentalist

Mayor Pro tem Nicole Stewart has long been labeled the “environmentalist” on Raleigh’s City Council. Her career as a fundraiser for the North Carolina Conservation Network doesn’t make her a champion for the environment. It simply makes her successful enough at...

Sign the Petition to Oppose East End Market Planned Development

Sign the Petition to Oppose East End Market Planned Development

I am a resident of one of the townhomes on Cotton Exchange Court, which is the 11 unit townhome community off Wake Forest Road at Whitaker Mill. The Planning Commission is currently reviewing a pretty aggressive development proposal for the land surrounding our...

Bob Geary on Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

Bob Geary on Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

Bob Geary, resident of Raleigh’s District D and member of the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition, delivered the following remarks about Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing to City Council on Apr 6: I’m speaking again on behalf of the Wake County Housing Justice...

Raleigh’s Redline Revival

Raleigh’s Redline Revival

Raleigh has revived our nation’s now despised legacy of explicitly race-biased policies aimed at destroying Black neighborhoods.

The truth about Raleigh’s CACs

The truth about Raleigh’s CACs

Since the February 4, 2020 surprise vote by the Raleigh City Council to abolish City support of CACs, you may have heard that Raleigh's Citizen Advisory Councils were not diverse or representative of Raleigh's population. This is simply not true as the above photo...

Must See Video on NOAHs: Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

Must See Video on NOAHs: Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

Believe it or not, Raleigh has some Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing and we believe these properties should be supported and protected. The Wake County Housing Justice Coalition (WCHJC) hosted an informative webinar on NOAHs on March 31st. They provided five...