by T N | May 30, 2023 | Blog
Years of Jim Crow segregation and neglect have given way to a new era of gentrification. Unimpeded, it will soon sweep away any sense that freed African-Americans were here, emerged from slavery here, lifted themselves up by their bootstraps here, created communities here, and mattered greatly to the Raleigh we became and the Raleigh we hope to be. Unimpeded, it’s entirely possible that Shaw will be swept away too, or moved to a distant place not central to the city to make room for “higher value” development.
by T N | May 23, 2023 | Blog
If you watched the two City Council meetings on May 16, 2023, the Work Session discussing election reform at 11:30 followed by the City Council Afternoon Session at 1:00, we wonder if you noticed what we noticed. We were disappointed but not surprised at the way city survey data was perceived differently by some councilors at these two separate meetings.
by T N | May 14, 2023 | Blog
City Council will meet on Tuesday, May 16 for a second work session on election reform. Here are our recommendations
by T N | Apr 25, 2023 | Blog
Public meetings can be an unnerving experience for some people as they are appearing in an unfamiliar setting for something that is important to them. It’s important to treat every person with these courtesies: 1. Be welcoming to speakers no matter their point of view. 2. Be an active listener. The respectful thing is to pay attention. 3. Avoid debate and argument with the public. It is never appropriate to challenge a speaker.
by T N | Apr 20, 2023 | Blog
A summary of the City Council Afternoon Meeting for April 18, 2023
by T N | Apr 20, 2023 | Blog
Council held a Work Session on the topic of changes to the Raleigh City Elections.
by S M | Apr 11, 2023 | BlogAffordable Housing https://go.boarddocs.com/nc/raleigh/Board.nsf/files/CQSU5A6C24D8/$file/20230411HNAffordableHousingWorkSessionStaffPresentation.pdf Rental Vouchers o Public Housing Authorities are the primary provider for 30% and below AMI households o 3700 vouchers...
by T N | Mar 20, 2023 | Blog
A more sensible approach would’ve been incremental, introducing MM reforms in neighborhoods where actual frequent transit service is available within short walking distances. As frequent transit routes are added, MM’s application could be expanded.
Reining in the worst aspects of this MM giveaway to the development industry is a big test for the new Council. Hope they’re up to it.
by T N | Mar 14, 2023 | Blog
In the last election for Raleigh City Council, only 2 out of 8 races resulted in a winner that received 50% or more of the vote. This isn’t necessarily the fault of the candidates participating in these races, rather this is the consequence of a plurality election with no chance for a run-off. Raleigh’s home rule charter gives the City Council the power to implement a nonpartisan primary that could be held at the same time as the state and national primaries.
by S M | Mar 7, 2023 | BlogHIGHLIGHTS Councilor Patton’s request to defer Shaw rezoning due to her unavailability on April 4 was voted down; public hearing will be April 4. Rezoning Z-55-22: Johnson Street, held open until April 4 for further negotiation. Rezoning Z-75-22: Edwards Mill Road,...