Archive for June, 2010
Chris Counts Studio 7 (Via Flickr)
In the summer of 2009, the city ran a few open call workshops to get feedback from residents and interested groups about the idea of making changes to Moore Square, both in the square’s design and its use. After the three meetings, all the comments received can be described as:
Attendees value openness, activity, and versatility. They also want simplicity, diversity of people, and safety. Making it accessible and interesting to everyone – adults, children, youth, people with disabilities, and elderly – is a value shared by all. Many suggested making it a place for kids since the population of families in Raleigh continues to rise……
If you would like to read more comments, raw and un-edited, go to the city’s website here.…[ Read More → ]
Imagine yourself living in North Raleigh a decade from now. It’s early morning and you want to take the kids to Washington, so you park your car at the light rail station, jump on the light rail into Union Station in Downtown Raleigh, and board the high speed train, arriving in DC in time for lunch.
Seem like a fantasy? It’s not. City officials are working hard to share this vision with citizens, as they find their way through the maze of transportation options. Mass transportation, including commuter rail between Raleigh, RTP, Cary, Chapel Hill, and the airport (among other regional destinations), is seen across local government agencies as “one of the most important issues facing the Triangle Region.”
Confused? Even skeptical?
I’m starting to appreciate that while the big changes are 10+ years away, our city has truly embarked on this journey, one that will fundamentally alter the way we get around. But given the variety of agencies involved and the scale of capital investment, the process requires an incredibly complex amount of planning on the part of officials, what Mitchell Silver, the City Planning Director, refers to as “a lot of moving parts”, but perhaps more importantly, an even more daunting effort to get citizens on board.…
Water Matters is an exhibition of paintings and drawings that document my experience of the waters of four North Carolina Rivers and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
In 2007 on daily bike rides and walks I recorded in drawings the shifting fog, changing ocean colors, unexpected sightings of birds, animals and manmade objects along the California coast for a few months. This process evolved into working in the waters of the Pacific, and later the Atlantic, letting the waves themselves create patterns and textures thus documenting a specific moment and location.
After I returned to Raleigh, extreme weather conditions around the country and NC, drought, heavy rains, and floods, launched me into thinking about the importance of water and a river project that begins with four NC Rivers: the Neuse, Tar, the Cape Fear and Roanoke. While tramping along the trails, the river banks and wading at the edges I record what I find. The rivers change as their waters move toward the sea, when the rain falls, and as the light varies.…[ Read More → ]
My husband and I are members of The Triangle Breakfast Club (TBC), a young professionals group that seeks to affect positive change in Wake County. This year, TBC has decided to support the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies program and has a goal to sponsor 30 kids at Brentwood Elementary on this program by raising $9,180 through community events.
Chad (my husband) and I learned about the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle last year, and we both became more excited about their mission when we attended a fundraiser for their organization last fall. As big fans of local sustainably grown produce and lovingly prepared family meals, we knew it would be a cause we would want to continue to support.…[ Read More → ]
Raleigh used to be a small town in a rural state. While Raleigh is getting bigger, the movement toward local, sustainable food is picking up steam, which helps our local farmers. And there is a link to our rural history right here in town.
You may have read the great article recently in The Raleigh Downtowner about the rural roots of Raleigh and the role of agriculture over the years. To continue on that theme, we thought we’d point out that Raleigh is home to a celebrity – Progressive Farmer magazine. That’s right , Progressive Farmer – you don’t have a subscription? You may laugh, but you very well may actually have a subscription because Southern Living magazine started as Progressive Farmer.…[ Read More → ]