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Do me, Raleigh: WakeUP Wake’s City Livability Tour this Saturday

Posted by on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 4:09 PM

What are you doing Saturday afternoon? Oh, sure, you could mow the yard or go bike somewhere or get ’faced on high-gravity beers at Tasty or watch the new Star Wars trailer (squee!) or maybe this hilarious video of Pat McCrory failing at sitting down, on repeat.

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Those are all good options. Here’s another, probably more productive one: Check out the City Livability Tour, brought to you by the good people at WakeUP Wake County, designed to help educate and engage the public on issues related to building a better, more sustainable downtown Raleigh. 

“Growing downtown is our big concern—prosperity and environmental sustainability,” says Karen Rindge, WakeUP’s executive director. 

Her group looked at putting together a sustainability tour of Raleigh, but that already exists, Rindge says. “We thought we need to go beyond that. It’s a broad brush, not just energy efficiency or green water infrastructure.” 

Instead, the self-guided walking tour (though there will be guides) will focus on the more nebulous idea of livability, of which sustainability is a part, of course, but also things like walkability, affordable housing and public transit. Or, as Rindge puts it, “Aspects of what we think we have to do with sustainability but also create a vibrant city.” 

The tour—which starts 2 p.m. Saturday at CAM; $25 in advance, $30 day of (it’s also a fundraiser for WakeUP)—includes stops at Raleigh City Farm, Citrix (“They have a bocce court on the roof!” Rindge says), The L-Building, the not-yet-open Death and Taxes, Foundation, Union Station, the Boylan Pearce Building, Moore Square Transit Station, the LEED-certified convention center and Wake County Justice Center, and other downtown landmarks. 

In the end, Rindge says, she hopes to stir a conversation about how “we can build a city and it can also be sustainable. Also, maybe some new ideas. I’ve invited lawmakers from all over the county.” 


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