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Re: “Raleigh spends big on a new public image

when I think of Raleigh I can't help but think of the shiny 20-to-40-somethings with curated aesthetics that make up the (largely white) in-touch design crowd. but then I think of the (very warm, very progressive, and very black) Maurice Small and his 3 acre urban farm in southeast Raleigh, practically a few blocks away from CAM. and I think about the transplants who are opening joints that cater to Raleighites from the middle east. and so on.

I'm trying to get at something more than just acknowledging that we are a diverse city in every way that a city is classically diverse. that seems to go without saying. but I just don't see a lot of diversity among my friends and acquaintances who are working to brand this town.

as you mentioned in this piece, one approach to consider is to not to try to encapsulate what Raleigh is, but what it could be. the trick is to do this in such a way that it doesn't narrow our sense of what we could be by aiming for something singular in the future.

I'm attracted to places where there's work to be done - needs to attend to. instead of branding or slogans that advertise what a city has to offer, how about we turn consumerism on its head and say something like, "Raleigh: it needs you" or "come to Raleigh - there's work to be done." that includes just about every citizen here who is actively engaged in contributing to this place, and it doesn't specify what that looks like.

otherwise the consumer:producer ratio gets all out of whack and we look too much like, eh, Charlotte (for shorthand).

anyway, great article. glad to see words put to this groundswell.

also, I don't think Jarrett Carr is a troll. I like his stuff. it seems like as legitimate a perspective as any other and he IS creating something to offer, unlike folks (like me) who just comment on articles =)

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Posted by coalwagon on 04/02/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “How a student-run food movement led to change at Triangle universities

great work profiling the buzz on local ag in nearby universities. I'm proud of the hard work students at the above mentioned schools have put into their respective endeavors. starting and maintaining a garden, organizing and running a farmers' market, etc. is very hard work and they deserve much appreciation and support for their efforts.

Posted by coalwagon on 04/01/2010 at 12:34 AM

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