Raleigh City Council will hold a special Public Hearing on the proposal – Tuesday, January 30 at 7PM

An overflow crowd turned out Sunday afternoon for Livable Raleigh’s public forum to discuss a proposed upzoning of more than 700 properties along the New Bern Avenue corridor. Emcee Bob Geary introduced the topic and then handed the program over to five local community leaders, including local historian and author Carmen Cauthen, Attorney and Law Professor Yolanda Taylor, Fair Housing Advocate Octavia Rainey, Community Activist Wanda Hunter, and Former Chair of the Raleigh Transit Authority Tolulope Omokaiye.

Also in attendance were Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan Melton and City Council members Stormie Forte, Corey Branch and Megan Patton, as well as Wake County Sheriff Willie Rowe.

The resounding message was to ask City Council to deny the rezoning request (Z-92-22) and to put the TOD (Transit-Oriented Development) into committee for modifications. Panelists and audience members alike expressed concern about the displacement of an entire minority community.

Attendees were encouraged to attend the upcoming public hearing on January 30 at 7pm at the Raleigh Municipal Building.


CBS17 covered the event on both their 5:30 & 11:00PM broadcasts

Watch it here: Raleigh Crowds gather to hear about New Bern Ave Corridor plans

We started the program with this previously recorded video from Tolulope Omokaiye.

We then heard remarks from emcee Bob Geary before diving into our full panel discussion

We will have the full video of the event available later.

For now, enjoy these photos.

Our expert panel of community leaders!

Mayor Pro Tem Melton and Councilor Patton had front row seats to hear the discussion.

After the panelists spoke there was time for a Q&A session

Sheriff Willie Rowe joined us to hear from the community leaders and local residents.




Councilor Branch chats with one of the attendees.

The crowd responds with a standing ovation!

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