January 3, 2023 City Council Meetings

January 3, 2023 City Council Meetings

HIGHLIGHTS Consent agenda items will be reviewed with council before meetings in future.  Hearings that needed to be rescheduled due to insufficient notice will now be heard at a special council meeting on Tuesday, January 24, at 5pm. And staff has put in place...

Can Free Bus Fares Fix Raleigh’s Broken System?

Can Free Bus Fares Fix Raleigh’s Broken System?

Council’s upcoming decision to either keep or eliminate Raleigh’s COVID-era free bus fares has been framed as making an important statement about Raleigh’s commitment to high quality and equitable bus service. Maybe so, but if you listen to the Raleigh Transit Authority’s Nov 10 deliberations on the topic, you might conclude that reinstating fees will have little impact on a system that is in decline and without an effective plan to provide high quality and equitable transit services in post-COVID Raleigh.

Former PC Chair on Parking Minimums

Former PC Chair on Parking Minimums

March 28, 2022 To Raleigh City Council & Raleigh Planning Commission Re: Eliminating parking minimums WRAL Reporter Matt Talhelm came over on March 25, 2022 to interview me about this issue. Unfortunately, my substantive comments were not included, and the one...

Raleigh, Get Transit On Track for the Future

Raleigh, Get Transit On Track for the Future

Cailin Peterson is a long-time environmental justice activist recently gone professional as a Field Organizer at Climate Action NC. She is also a recent NC State Microbiology grad, cat mom, half-marathon runner, and guitar player! Her favorite NC brewery is...

City Council Work Session – February 8, 2022

City Council Work Session – February 8, 2022

Mayor Baldwin announced that a decision regarding Raleigh’s mask mandate will likely be made in a couple of more weeks after additional data is gathered. Staff presented some proposals on Tree Conservation options. Despite staff telling previous councils that NC...

January 16 2022 Letter to the Editor of the News & Observer

January 16 2022 Letter to the Editor of the News & Observer

RALEIGH GROWTH The writer is former chair of the Raleigh Planning Commission In his Jan. 10 column, Ned Barnett argues that leaving growth management solutions to localities worsens the problems associated with rapid growth. An understatement for sure. Click on image...