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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Food trucks OK'd in Raleigh—with lots of restrictions

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM

The City Council voted 6-2 this afternoon in favor of TC-5-11, an ordinance allowing food trucks to operate in a very limited number of places under a very restrictive permitting regime. Still, it's a beginning for the upstart vehicular food emporia, and it only took how many months of squabbling? In the end, Councilors John Odom and Thomas Crowder were the lone no votes. Crowder's not a fan of food trucks setting up shop in a business district that borders a residential neighborhood — a commonplace in his District D, especially around N.C. State University — and being allowed to...

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rezoning Raleigh: A forum on Sept. 7, 6-8 pm, on the proposed new zoning code

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Staff at the planning department and their very capable Code Studio and other consultants have been working on a total rewrite of Raleigh's zoning ordinances for the better part of two years. The new zoning code — a Unified Development Ordinance, or UDO — would give life to the concepts embodied in Raleigh's 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which City Council adopted in the fall of 2009. The UDO exists now in draft form online. Only a very few have read even part of it. Done well, a new UDO would describe — and show with specificity — the type and...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wake Dems endorse Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh mayor, Christine Kushner in District 6 schools race

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

photo by Bob GearyCity Councilor Nancy McFarlaneAny lingering doubt that the Wake County Democratic Party would get behind City Councilor Nancy McFarlane in the Raleigh mayor's race — because she's an unaffiliated voter and an independent officeholder — was just dispelled. The party's executive committee met and endorsed McFarlane, according to an enthusiastic statement from Wake Dems Chair Mack Paul. McFarlane is running against two Republicans, Randall Williams and Billie Redmond. Redmond has the official Wake GOP endorsement. In the contested District C race for City Council, the Dems endorsed the incumbent, Eugene Weeks, over fellow Democrats Corey Branch and...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

(Update) Lent Carr, would-be preacher and City Council member, sent back to prison

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

(Update, 8/18): Poor Mr. Carr is officially off the ballot and in hot water for registering to vote while he was still on probation. The N&O was at the Wake Board of Elections today. The original post from a week ago: This really is more sad than anything. Lent Carr can sound quite rational, but he's obviously got some serious issues. Carr was on the ballot to run for City Council in District C. A judge waylaid those plans and sent him to prison for violating his parole. WRAL did some reporting on him, but credit goes first to the...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wake GOP endorses Billie Redmond for Raleigh mayor over her fellow Republican Randall Williams

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Courtesy of Billie Redmond for mayor campaignThe executive committee of the Wake County Republican Party met Monday night. The result, just announced, is a party-endorsed slate of candidates in Raleigh that includes businesswoman Billie Redmond for mayor, not Dr. Randall Williams. The two Republican candidates are running in a three-way contest against City Councilor Nancy McFarlane, who is unaffiliated but generally aligned with progressive, Democratic positions. The Republicans also announced their slate of Board of Education candidates and endorsements in other municipal races — no surprises. (See the list below.) [Adding a bit to what I wrote earlier, it's worth...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

[Update x 2: Odom's opponent withdraws] New candidates in Raleigh; Crowder, Gaylord unopposed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 4:42 PM

[Update No. 2, 4:10 pm: Just spoke to Gary Sims, deputy director at the Board of Elections. He confirms the gist of the story. The erstwhile candidate came in at 11:59, according to the sign-in sheet in the lobby, but he didn't have a check and the elections staff cannot take cash over $50 (the fee is $100), nor are they set up to take credit cards. By the time the fellow got back with a check, it was after 12 noon, meaning that, by law, the filing period had ended. No one else was ahead of him to...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Roundup, Raleigh Republicans: All the news that's right to print

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM

We have a backlog of Republican campaign info to share. Summarizing: 1) Not one but two Republican mayoral candidates with the addition of Dr. Randall Williams this week; 2) The other, Billie Redmond, is out today with a list of her supporters, noteworthy mainly for the presence of Jim Goodmon, WRAL/Capitol Broadcasting chief, on it; 3) Just in case you thought school elections were non-partisan, District 3 candidate Heather Losurdo announced four endorsements today — the four Republican county commissioners; and 4) There's a Republican, Paul Fitts, running in the at-large City Council race vs. the two Democratic incumbents,...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Raleigh Council to hear alt.rail.transit.route options for DTR

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Remember the flyover bridges? The railroad tunnels? They are, if not gone forever, at least off the table for now as Light-Rail Transit Plan 2.0 takes shape for DTR (Downtown Raleigh). A good time to take it all in — or have your say — would be Aug. 1, when the City Council conducts a workshop and public hearing on the two alternative routes that are on the table as Triangle Transit (TTA) moves ahead with the process of once again applying for federal aid. The two alternatives are called D6 and D6A: * Under D6, the light-rail line...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Billie Redmond enters the Raleigh mayor's race

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM

photo by Bob GearyBillie Redmond's announcement; that's John Odom behind her. Redmond's claim to the job: She'll be the best salesperson the city could have. Off a very successful career in real estate, she does know how to make a sales pitch. Her announcement this morning drew a big crowd — maybe 200? — to the Occidental Building on Wade Avenue, which she bought and renovated as part of the deal for the property where the ill-fated Coker Towers project would've been. Redmond's a Republican, and she was surrounded by same: City Councilor John Odom, County Commissioner Joe Bryan, Wake...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Creative District" study moves forward for SW Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 4:17 PM

from SouthwestRaleigh.com A quick update on this story from last week: The City Council voted 7-1 today to let the Southwest Raleigh economic development study go forward at a cost of $150,000 (plus $40,000 from N.C. State University). The lone no vote today, as she was at the Budget and Economic Development Committee a week ago, was at-large Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin. This is the study that many Southwest Raleigh-ites hope will result in the branding of their part of the city as the Creative District — together with some creative approaches to transit, housing and other programs to spur economic...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Competition for McFarlane in the Raleigh mayor's race?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

from the CBC Trademark Properties website Word circulating in Raleigh is that Billie Redmond, owner-CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Trademark Properties and a registered Republican, is weighing a bid for mayor and talking with potential supporters. If she runs, she could offer serious opposition to the only announced candidate so far, City Councilor Nancy McFarlane. I put a call in to Redmond this morning and sent her an email. [Update: I just talked to her — 4 p.m. — and she confirmed, she is considering it, called it "a daunting decision" that she hasn't made as yet.] Wake GOP Chair...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

(Update) McFarlane jumps in for mayor: Who's on her team?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 3:17 PM

courtesy MMI Public RelationsCity Councilor Nancy McFarlane[Update 2, 4/27] City Councilor Nancy McFarlane did announce her candidacy for mayor this morning at City Hall, promising to build on Raleigh's strengths with "careful planning." Exactly, she made no stunning policy moves today. The most interesting thing about McFarlane's announcement was the group that showed up in support. It included Councilor Russ Stephenson, an at-large Council member of the progressive (and Democratic) stripe, and such leading Raleigh Democrats as Nina Szlosberg-Landis, Sig Hutchinson, John Burns, Cynthia Ball and Charles Malone. They mixed with a group of neighborhood activists including Bill Padgett, Octavia...

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(Updated) Meeker era to end: Mayor won't run for a 6th term

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Mayor Charles Meeker has a press conference this morning at 10. He'll announce that five terms as mayor is enough and he won't seek a sixth. Meeker was first elected in 2001, defeating incumbent Paul Coble and ending a decade of conservative leadership in Raleigh under ex-mayor Tom Fetzer and then, for two years, Coble. Meeker's motto was to "lead from the middle." During his tenure, downtown Raleigh came back to life with the reopening of Fayetteville Street and construction of the new Raleigh Convention Center. The opening next weekend of the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh) on West...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

That voodoo that UDO so well (with thanks to Phil Poe, apologies to Cole Porter)

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 6:44 PM

On the homepage of RaleighUDO.com Phil Poe, inveterate citizen that he is, has a new blog up about the UDO — the Unified Development Ordinance. (Like its subject, Poe's blog is a work in progress.) Never heard of the UDO? That's Poe's point in creating his website. Raleigh's planning department & its consultants from Code Studio have been writing this thing, this UDO, for more than a year and guess what, it's a whole new zoning code for the city ... ... pretty exciting, except ... ... City Council has allotted all of 60 days for the interested public to...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Meeker won't run again — I think. If he doesn't, McFarlane will.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Mayor Charles MeekerDemocrats ask me. Republicans ask me. (That's right, I know some Republicans.) Is Mayor Meeker going to run again? They ask me this not because I know — I don't — but because Meeker isn't saying, and they want to check their own lack of knowledge about his plans against mine. So about every other day, I tell somebody, I don't think he's going to run; he sure doesn't look like he's going to run; he acts like he's not going to run; but then — two years, he all but told me he wasn't going to run...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Politicians beware: Raleigh is cracking down on panhandling

Posted By on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

See how many of these new panhandling rules, listed in a City of Raleigh press release, your local candidate or political organization may be violating. (e.g., no asking for money in groups of three or more; after 8 p.m.; under the influence of liquor; in a dining area — these do apply to everybody begging for money, yes?) And also, no threats allowed that if you don't fork over some cash, they will [via a "statement, gesture, or form of communication that a reasonable person would perceive as a threat"] see to it that you'll regret it: APPROVAL GIVEN TO...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Moore Square re-do: The tilted lawn a good idea?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

View looking east of the tilted lawn concept Fans of Moore Square should mark Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m. in their calendars. That's when the city's Parks, Rec & Greenways Advisory Board meets to formally receive the new draft master plan and take public comment on it. The board meets at the Chavis Park Community Center, 505 MLK Jr. Blvd. The board is advisory, as its name says. Whatever it thinks, the final call is the City Council's on whether to accept the plan, change it or reject it. The plan can be viewed here: 2011MSqMasterPlanDocument.pdf it was developed by a...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nancy McFarlane is running for — something.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:33 PM

From whatcha call "sources close to" the situation, I was told seven weeks ago that Nancy McFarlane, the District A City Council member, would be announcing her 2011 mayoral candidacy very soon. This is the kind of thing one might've breathlessly reported; but then, if it was true, she'd have announced very soon anyway, so what was the point? Seven weeks later — i.e., beyond soon, let alone very soon — McFarlane hasn't announced. But yesterday, the postcard shown above arrived in my mailbox at home. Fyi, my home is not in District A. On its face, it's a...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Update on Bolton, aka, the most important property in Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 9:28 AM

At the beginning of June, I wrote a column which my editor titled, accurately, "The Most Important Property in Raleigh." It's the most important to me, anyway, for reasons I explained back then: (1) It's close to my neighborhood; (2) It's a highly strategic location in terms of Raleigh's ambitions for becoming a walkable, transit-friendly city; (3) It's ripe for redevelopment, not that it hasn't been for 20 or 30 years, but now it's under new ownership; (4) It's a chance for the Raleigh City Council to demonstrate that it doesn't just talk the talk about form-based zoning and new...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

A new Lightner Center plan — this one in Southeast Raleigh?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 1:47 PM

The new public safety center in LA You'll recall that the idea of building a new 17-story Clarence E. Lightner Public Safety Center on the site of the current police headquarters (on the north side of Nash Square) ran into a 4-4 City Council deadlock. Questions were raised about the wisdom of putting all of the city's public safety functions into a single high-rise building; the cost of making such a building ultra-secure; the additional security costs associated with putting public spaces — a cafe, e.g. — on the first floor; and whether there might not be a better place...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Raleigh City Council: A battle for James West's seat?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 6:02 PM

There's no betting line on this (that I know of), but the reported coronation of Eugene Weeks as District C's new representative on the Raleigh City Council isn't the absolutely sure thing it's been made out to be. The reason: Women in Southeast Raleigh are stirring with the complaint that Weeks is just the latest in a long line of "Old Guard" men from the African-American community who've held office in the city to the exclusion of the other sex. Younger, female talent should be considered, they're saying. At least one other candidate has emerged: The Rev. Sheila Jones, who's...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

High-speed rail hearing tonight: "Alt. NC1/NC2" route gaining?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:47 AM

With opposition to the NC3 alignment building in the Five Points area, tonight's special meeting of the City Council on the proposed Southeast High-Speed Rail project is expected to focus on a compromise idea formerly known (unofficially) as NC4 that is now being called the "NC1/NC2 Avoidance Alternative." Proliferating "No on NC3" signs in the Five Points neighborhoods list a 5 p.m. start tonight (Tuesday night). That's actually the time of a pre-meeting rally in Nash Square — right in front of City Hall — called by neighborhood organizers. The organizers also have a website with good information. The Council...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

From Horseshoe Farm to the Bolton tract: Sometimes, the citizens win

Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Friends of Horseshoe FarmA note from someone who read this piece about the Bolton property and the West Morgan Study Area. "Please see," she writes, "[this} link to an update about Horsehoe Farm Park. I witnessed part of the struggle between citizens and staff as to the character of that park. This news reminds me to feel optimistic that citizens can influence the outcome for the West Morgan neighborhood." Ah, Horseshoe Farm — remember that battle? Now comes the news: Horseshoe Farm Park Will Test Sustainable Landscape Rating System The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) announced the selection of Horseshoe Farm...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Bolton: "The most important property in Raleigh." (Or, What about Whitley Street?)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Whitley Street This is Whitley Street in Raleigh. I know, it's not much — yet. But use your imagination. What about shops and cafes on either side of it as part of a new, mixed-use, transit-friendly, walkable development near the Hillsborough-West Morgan roundabout in Raleigh? You know, all those cool buzzwords we use to describe what we want Raleigh to be when it grows up? Well, here's a chance to grow up some. Anyway, I thought a picture of Whitley would help frame the column I wrote for the Indy this week, which ran with the headline — I didn't...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On again: Hillsborough Street bike lanes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Those Hillsborough Street bikes lanes? They're on again — maybe. The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously today to go ahead with them IF the state DOT approves. (Hillsborough Street = Route 54 = State Road.) See our February story on the issue here. The city has a release out on what happened today and what's next: CITY COUNCIL GIVES CONDITIONAL ENDORSEMENT TO BICYCLE LANES FOR HILLSBOROUGH STREET The City of Raleigh will ask the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to consider installing bicycle lanes along Hillsborough Street. The City Council voted unanimously today to authorize City staff to...

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