Who does Council serve? Part 1: Follow the Money.

Who does Council serve? Part 1: Follow the Money.

72% of Raleigh voters say city government is too beholden to developers. City Council has tried to hide the corrupting influence of big money in a growing list of backroom decisions, but three out of four Raleigh voters see it and feel it every day – as rapid growth drives up their cost of living, drives down their quality of life and drives modest income families out of town.

Raleigh’s Future is in Voter’s Hands

Raleigh’s Future is in Voter’s Hands

Livable Raleigh Chair Susan Maruyama recently sent this opinion piece to the News & Observer. They published an edited version and we wanted to share the complete version here. Fifty years ago, when Clarence Lightner, Raleigh’s first and only black mayor, created...

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 21, 2022 A new poll of 665 likely Raleigh voters shows overwhelmingly that Oak City residents want change to address growing problems in key areas including: the corrupting...

March 10 2022 District A Public Meeting

March 10 2022 District A Public Meeting

District A Councilor Patrick Buffkin hosted a virtual meeting on March 10. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein was to make comments at the beginning of the meeting, but had a conflict, so he sent in a video. His presentation was only a few minutes long,...

INDY Reader Misses the Point(s)

INDY Reader Misses the Point(s)

We previously wrote about INDY Daily's comments on Raleigh Council's undemocratic actions here: INDY Daily BLASTS City Council's Undemocratic Behavior.   One of their readers disagrees with their take on it and writes: "This is not a good take with respect to the...

Hear what we heard at Open Mic Night

Hear what we heard at Open Mic Night

Livable Raleigh held an “Open Mic” night on Tuesday, February 15. Sixty plus Raleigh community members joined us to discuss topics ranging from Affordable Housing to Zoning, the Environment to CACs, and upcoming elections to the undue influence of developers on the...

Reinstate the CACs and help them improve

Reinstate the CACs and help them improve

Edie Jeffreys is chair of the Five Points CAC and spoke at the February 1 City Council meeting. I’m Chair of the non-city supported Five Points CAC We’ve met every other month on Zoom for the last two years after the city withdrew its support. Our meetings are...

Two Year Anniversary of CAC Vote: the Void is Still Here

Two Year Anniversary of CAC Vote: the Void is Still Here

It’s been two years since the Raleigh City Council voted to abolish City support of CACs (Citizen Advisory Councils). They promised to replace them with a much improved community engagement system. After two years, that still hasn’t happened. Why the slow progress?

Buffkin says Raleigh’s rezoning process is broken

Buffkin says Raleigh’s rezoning process is broken

On Nov 2, 2021, in a 5-3 vote, Raleigh's City Council approved a contentious zoning case, Z-53-20, located on Lead Mine Road. In a statement, remarkable for its total lack of self awareness, Councilor Partick Buffkin, District A, who represents the affected area, told...