More Affordable Housing for Raleigh

In the current economic recovery, incomes for many US citizens have not kept pace with the rising cost of living and the gap is getting wider. In growing urban areas like Raleigh1 and across the country, the gap between stagnant…

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Building Visionary Stewardship

Yesterday's front-page story in the News & Observer chronicles the next step in re-envisioning one of downtown Raleigh's most polluted streams.  What has been a neglected channel suitable only for flushing downtown's stormwater waste will become a valuable linear park. …

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Moving Forward for Citizen Empowerment

  Full house in support of Citizen Advisory Councils at the June 6th City Council meeting. It was wonderful to see so many thoughtful and dedicated folks attend last night's City Council meeting to talk about citizen engagement and the…

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Listening to Citizen Voices

Thanks to the N&O for taking on the difficult task of finding common ground in today’s polarized debates. (May 16, ‘N&O forum will focus on talking across the political divide’) While Raleigh has been the calm eye at the center…

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Citizen Engagement

Yesterday, the Raleigh City Council was presented with the Citizen Engagement Task Force’s recommendations for re-shaping the process by which Raleigh handles community-city dialog. I’ve received a number of questions about my vote on the issue of creating a new…

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Ensuring Affordable Housing

I was pleased this week to answer the questions below for Congregations for Social Justice, an advocacy and education group made up from 40 communities of faith and nonprofits throughout Raleigh. 1 - What is your vision for mixed-income neighborhoods…

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Discretion and the UDO

Traffic from development impacts neighborhoods, so it is critical that Council have discretion to consider traffic on rezoning, and not leave those decisions to unaccountable bureaucrats. Raleigh's new UDO zoning rules are designed to promote infill redevelopment that maximizes street…

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Downtown Visioning

  With Dix Park finally secured for our city, Raleigh Union Station under construction, and a building boom underway, a long list of challenges and opportunities are ahead for Downtown Raleigh. The N&O summed it up this way: "A new,…

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Planning for Creative Spaces

If you haven’t been there, check out the ‘Makers’ Community’ of artisan studios next to Boylan Heights.  This thriving community has long been one of Raleigh’s gems, and a great contributor to our city’s distinctive character.  Many of their wonderful…

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Growing a GREAT city.

We must make sure we are promoting high quality growth that also protects neighborhoods. Those two goals are not mutually exclusive. In fact, accomplishing both goals is the difference between growing a big city and growing a GREAT city. ABC…

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