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Patrick Buffkin – Withheld Videos Revealed

Patrick Buffkin – Withheld Videos Revealed

District A Councilor, Patrick Buffkin, has held three virtual Town Hall meetings since the pandemic has shut down in-person gatherings. The first was April 28, 2020. The second on Sept 29, 2020. And, the most recent was Feb 11, 2021. All other councilors who have...

The NC Justice Center Opposes a TIG for Private Development

The NC Justice Center Opposes a TIG for Private Development

The NC Justice Center has written to the Wake County Commissioners and the Raleigh City Council expressing their concerns about the possibility of approving a Tax Increment Grant for the Downtown South project especially in this current environment of a pandemic and...

Can Raleigh Become a Leader in Addressing Climate Change?

Can Raleigh Become a Leader in Addressing Climate Change?

Linda Watson, a former member of Raleigh's Environmental Advisory Board, sent the following letter to the members of the Growth and Natural Resources Committee and the full City Council prior to the 1/26/21 GNR committee meeting. She points out Raleigh's climate goals...

What Are Tax Increment Grants? (TIGs) A Community Conversation

What Are Tax Increment Grants? (TIGs) A Community Conversation

Saturday, Feb 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon   Livable Raleigh will host a Community Conversation over Zoom. Tax-increment grants to developers have never been approved in Raleigh or Wake County. But developer John Kane is asking for a giant TIG for his Downtown South...

Hey Raleigh: You Could Lead … Follow … Or, Get Out of the Way.

Hey Raleigh: You Could Lead … Follow … Or, Get Out of the Way.

When Mary-Ann Baldwin was a candidate for mayor, she had this to say about Durham: "Durham’s got it going on. Every time I go to Durham, I’m like, wow, this is happening. And that is leadership, plain and simple. [Durham Mayor] Steve Schewel has thrown down the...

Terrance Ruth: A Breath of Fresh Air

Terrance Ruth: A Breath of Fresh Air

In a recent interview with mayoral candidate Terrance Ruth, the Indy’s Jane Porter began by asking why he is running. His answer was plain and to the point: “because I have seen the slow dissolving of public trust in our city.”

Dr. King’s Unfinished Work: Economic Justice

Dr. King’s Unfinished Work: Economic Justice

American culture for the most part has grown comfortable with the “I-have-a-dream” Martin Luther King. We love his wonderful words like, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin...

Jane Harrison calls out INDYWeek’s Convenient Scapegoat narrative

Jane Harrison calls out INDYWeek’s Convenient Scapegoat narrative

Jane Harrison submitted a Letter to the Editor of INDYWeek with her thoughts on their coverage of Downtown South “In your writeup of what you’re watching for 2021, you mention NIMBY opposition to Downtown South—a convenient scapegoat to dismiss authentic and varied community concerns,”

Two Raleigh Women Spot a Local Tax Scandal

Two Raleigh Women Spot a Local Tax Scandal

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.

The Week Ahead – Week of January 18, 2021

The Week Ahead – Week of January 18, 2021

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