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Monday, January 12, 2015

Dix Park: The Deal is Done

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane were all smiles this afternoon as they announced that the state will sell the 308-acre Dorothea Dix Hospital tract to the city for $52 million. They announced the deal in a packed ballroom at the Governor's Mansion — to great applause. IndyWeek file photo by Lissa GotwalsDix Hospital landMcCrory said the sale and development of the land as a destination park will help Raleigh become the showcase state capital everyone in North Carolina should want. McFarlane called the deal "truly a win-win" for both sides and said the park will help spur...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Saturday: "The hottest local fashion show" and for a good cause

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM

courtesy, Activate Good 'Tis the season* and one of my favorite causes in Raleigh at the holidays is Activate Good. They promote volunteerism and match volunteers with nonprofits that need them and will be compatible — kind of like online dating except less pressure. From scratch when she was an N.C. State student, our 2010 Citizen Award winner Amber Smith has built this idea into a first-rate organization. Tomorrow night — Saturday — is Activate Good's big fundraising event of the year, Couture for a Cause. It's at Marbles Museum in Raleigh. Doors at 7, show at 8. Best to...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

In September, Raleigh's M.A.I.N. is our best events — it's so NOT the General Assembly

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM

So happy to be downtown in Raleigh today and have it NOT be about the General Assembly and the newest miseries the Republicans could inflict. But they're GONE, the Republicans — well, not ALL gone, but then Gov. Pat McCrory was little more than a spectator to the carnage ... the same as the rest of us. With the siege of Raleigh lifted, we can once more breathe the air of freedom and look ahead to one helluva great month in September. It's called Raleigh'S M.A.I.N. Event. *** Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin (left) with other Raleigh M.A.I.N. luminaries. Sarah Powers,...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Watch! Good tune, bikes, Pullen Park, Planet Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 2:01 PM

"Calm Down," The Love Language music video, is fun....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Raleigh cyclists, ho! BikeRaleigh's spring events 4 you

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Nice day to think about fun rides for cyclists — check the link below for a list. Hey, nice job! "BikeRaleigh Events! content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/N… via @govdelivery"— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) April 17, 2013...

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Why are they converging on Raleigh ... and when?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Answer: Climate Convergence on Raleigh is coming next weekend, April 20-21. It's a major coming-together of the growing network of people and groups working on climate change and related issues (e.g., fracking) in North Carolina. If you've been looking for a chance to link up with this movement and with 350.org, the great grassroots organization that is spreading not just across the U.S. but the world, here it is. All the events are free, and you can take in as much or as little as you want. There's a schedule on the website, but it needs to be fleshed out...

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Conscience, Raleigh: Protesters highlight Gitmo prisoners still in hell though "cleared"

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Jule Shanklin, Peggy Misch and Christina Cowger (in the picture below, from right to left) were part of the anti-Gitmo protest contingent at the federal building on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh today. Did you know that 80-some prisoners at Guantanamo have been "cleared for release" — i.e., they've never been charged with anything, because there's no evidence they were ever more than in the wrong place at the wrong time in the "War on Terror" — yet they continue to be held more than a decade later. Forgotten and desperate, they're on a hunger strike which is now in...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Calling all Wake schools, Dix Park backers: Show-of-force time Monday at General Assembly

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 6:24 AM

The Wake County legislative delegation is meeting Monday at 4 pm in the General Assembly building on the first floor. It's an open forum and a chance to take a stand — with the county's Republican and Democratic legislators listening — on the inflamed issues surrounding the Wake school system and Dix Park. Both the Great Schools in Wake coalition and Friends of Dorothea Dix Park have issued alerts asking their members and supporters to show up en masse — and, for the Dix Park crowd, wearing green. Word of advice: The meeting room at the General Assembly is small-ish...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Oaks & Spokes: Our 10-day Raleigh bicycle fest starts with First Friday events

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM

March comes in tomorrow. March means spring. Spring means, apparently, $4 a gallon gasoline. And that means, time to put some air in our bicycle tires and crank up our own personal combustion engines. And just in time, we have Oaks and Spokes upon us, a 10-day Raleigh bicycle festival with something for riders of every sort and age. It runs from March 1-10. Click on the website for a complete list of events. The kick-off event is Friday night, 7 p.m. at the NCSU Bell Tower. It's "Bike First Friday with Oaks and Spokes," which means simply that you...

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Should Wake County vote on transit funding in 2013?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Capital Area Friends of Transit is an alliance of groups working for better bus and — eventually — light-rail transit offerings for Wake County. They've launched a petition drive in an effort to pressure/convince the Wake County Board of Commissioners to allow a public referendum on the 1/2-cent sales tax for transit which was authorized by the General Assembly four years ago — and which the Wake Commissioners, under Republican control, have blocked ever since. If you think Wake County voters have a right to decide this question, you'll want to sign the petition. Follow this link. The 1/2-cent tax...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thank you, New Raleigh: After five good years, NR blog says good-bye

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Thank You Readers! ra.ly/UIsNrz— NewRaleigh (@NewRaleigh) January 2, 2013 New Raleigh lived up to its name. Its founders and its many contributors and readers publicized, advocated for and otherwise hopped up and down about every nifty new thing that happened in downtown Raleigh over the last five years, helping to create the vibe that would bring on the next nifty new thing. Great work, David Millsaps and Jed Gant. I'll look for your next nifty new thing....

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Friday, December 7, 2012

"Like" Dix Park? Be in the group photo, 9 a.m. Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

The more the merrier. Mayor Nancy McFarlane will be there. Ditto Councilor Thomas Crowder, who was with the Dix306 concept before it was cool. H/t to Leo for this tweet with a link to the "Edit Your City" Facebook page. Group photo at Dix tomorrow. Anyone can join. ow.ly/fV4d4— Leo Suarez (@dtraleigh) December 7, 2012...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dorothea Dix park: A done deal for Raleigh? (Updated, as Perdue hits back at Republican critics.)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

[Update, 2:30 p.m.: In response to Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger's criticisms, Gov. Perdue hit back in a statement: "During the last four years, in the worst economic climate since the great depression, North Carolina is one ofeight states that has retained its AAA bond rating. We have seen the largest number of our children graduate from high school. We have again been named the best place in the nation to do business. My administration has focused on efficiencies in state government through consolidating, eliminating, and right-sizing public services. The Dorothea Dix property and the consolidation of DHHS would...

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Saturday night: 4th annual Couture for a Cause at Marbles

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Photo by Chris Florio, courtesy Activate GoodDesigns by Kristin Robbins at 2011 Couture for a Cause I first encountered Amber Smith five or six years ago, not long after she started the nonprofit organization called ME-3 that, with a new name, has grown up to be the very excellent group called Activate Good. I wrote about Smith two years ago in the Indy when we gave her a 2010 Citizen Award. She and her organization continue to merit her good citizenship medal. Activate Good's mission is to promote volunteerism, recruit people to be volunteers and help worthy nonprofits find volunteer...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This weekend: Kids, paint, wall, Sparkcon! BESTRaleigh!

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Raleigh Children Invited to Paint Downtown Raleigh Mural this weekend. ow.ly/dDkJT— BEST Raleigh (@BESTRaleigh) September 11, 2012...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Meeting tonight: The new Raleigh zoning code and the problem of accessory dwelling units

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Accessory dwelling units. They sound so benign, and in many cases they are — you put up a little cottage out back for grandma, or a college student, or as a place for your guests to stay if they're staying and, uh, staying. But now picture this. Your neighbor builds an ADU, a honkin' two-story pad behind his house; but wait, it gets better (worse): your neighbor doesn't actually live in the house. No, he rents it out to four college students, and in the new "accessory dwelling unit," four more college students are suddenly resident, and they're living just...

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Saturday: Packapalooza is NCSU's 125th birthday extravaganza on Hillsborough Street

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Hey, the kids are back in town, and it's N.C. State's 125th birthday, so there's going to a blow-out on Hillsborough Street tomorrow. Number 1 fact: Hillsborough Street will closed to traffic from early morning to after midnight between the Pullen Road roundabout and Brooks Avenue. Number 2 fact: Free parking on campus. What does this mean? Come into the campus off Western Boulevard for best access to the parking lots and decks. The festival is from 2-10 p.m., with a big red finish promised at the Bell Tower. The main stage will be there with four bands: Liquid...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Police Chief Harry Dolan says bye, bye to Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

city of RaleighPolice Chief Harry Dolan Harry Dolan's been in the news lately, at odds with a lot of his troops. is there a connection between that and his announcement today that he's out of here as police chief in a few weeks? City Manager Russell Allen heaps praise on Dolan, so much so that you wonder why he's leaving: Raleigh’s Chief of Police to Retire City Manager J. Russell Allen today announced the retirement of Chief of Police Harry P. Dolan, effective Oct. 1. Chief Dolan’s retirement after five years as police chief caps a law enforcement career spanning...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sparkcon 2012: Filling Fayetteville Street once again

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 3:24 PM

So earlier, we reported that Sparkcon 2012 would be held, for the first time, in the tres-artsy Warehouse District. Great idea, but it turns out that getting all the necessary streets closed in order to have room for all the various "Sparks" wasn't possible ... or at least not this year. Maybe in some future year. Thus, this 7th edition (wow!) of Sparkcon will again be conducted on Fayetteville Street, which is where it all started and where, notwithstanding its amazing growth, all the sparks can still fly. This news comes from our 2012 Indies Arts Award winner Sarah...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

We're beggin' ya: If you meant to dial area code 9-1-9, and you dialed 9-1-1 by mistake, DO NOT HANG UP

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

So here's the deal. You have to dial the area code now. So you dial 9-1-9. Oops, you dialed 9-1-1 by mistake. In Wake County, that happened 5,655 times. In July. So you did that, and now what? Well, you just hang up, right? No. NO. 5,655 times NO! You stay on the line. Otherwise, the cops think you called 9-1-1 because somebody was breaking into your house and you hung up because that somebody just put a gun to your head. That's what they're paid to think. You want them to think that way. They send a patrol car....

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Placemaking in Raleigh? Beehive Collective has a $25,000 grant for your group

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

The Beehive Collective is "pollinating community giving"Coincidentally, I wrote about Stanhope for the Indy this week as a case study of attempted placemaking in Raleigh gone awry. (Here's the story link. I'll add a link to it when it goes online.) Then this morning, I see a press release from the Beehive Collective (they're another good story). They make grants for good works in Raleigh, and they've chosen placemaking as their theme for 2012. They're offering one grant of up to $25,000, for which they're taking applications through September 4: Placemaking means making the built and social environment that surrounds...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Big Sparkcon news: It's moving. (To the Warehouse District.)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM

This will be in the Indy tomorrow. (Look for a piece about the Visual Art Exchange.) But the VAE has a press release out, so no need to wait. I love Sparkcon. Moving it to the Warehouse District should make it even better — as a spark for the new downtown arts hub. And the fashion show in the Amphitheater will spark-le. If you don't know Sparkcon, it's all here on the website. It's September 13-16. This is from Sarah Powers at VAE: SPARKcon will be moving to the Warehouse District and the Raleigh Amphitheatre for 2012. Organizers are...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Corporations aren't people, Mitt: Meeting tonight in Raleigh (and Raleigh City Council is pro-amendment too)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Ah, Mitt. You know as well as anyone that the whole point of a corporation is to shield the people who run it from personal liability — while letting them reap the profits, of course. So, yes, there are people in corporations. And these people are entitled to their rights (free speech, political activity). They're just not entitled, or they shouldn't be, to exercise their rights from behind a corporate shield. So glad to get that off my chest. Now for the news. "Move to Amend" is meeting tonight, 6:30-8:30, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave....

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Raleigh 5th-graders rock a music video winner. About algebra.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The kids at Pleasant Union do math What's the secret sauce that'll lift our public schools to better results? I think the recipe contains getting kids on their feet more ... and encouraging them to work in groups, helping each other so everyone does better. Working alone is tedious; and, if your parents can't help, it's so much harder. Groups are fun. Presenting as part of a group is fun and a real-world skill that can take you far. Why shouldn't learning be fun? Anyway, I love seeing stuff like this. (h/t: Mike Charbonneau at the Wake schools office.) It's...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

In Martin Marietta quarry rezoning, the "big pile of overburden" gets Raleigh planning commission's blessing

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Catching up with our story from a week ago, "North Raleigh residents fight quarry expansion," the Raleigh planning commission voted 8-1 in favor of Martin Marietta Materials' rezoning application, finding that it's in the public interest to let the company use a 97-acre tract it owns as a dump site for its RDU quarry rather than be required to comply with the city's comprehensive plan and the residential-commercial zoning that MMM itself sought for the property in the '90s. City of Raleigh If rezoned, part of the shaded area north of Wyngate Road would be a dump site; under the...

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