Archive for June, 2012
About a year ago, my husband Jim and I were making a loop from City Market to Wilmington and Hargett Streets. looking for underutilized properties that might serve as canvases for BEST (Beautifying Emerging Spaces Together). Looking through dusty, barred windows at 333 S. Wilmington, we were surprised when a young man came to the door. It was Zack Hodgin, then a Senior design student at NC State, who together with his friends, Brian Besterman and Josh Staab had rented this run down property to open a screen printing shop they called INKandescent. We were immediately impressed with their vision, and equally so with their willingness to do the Herculean work of renovating the property themselves.…[ Read More → ]
On Monday, June 18, supporters of the proposed Wake County transit plan will attend the Board of Commissioner’s meeting at 2:00 pm to show their support for moving forward with a public hearing and referendum on the plan.
The conservative majority is blocking public education, input and vote on the transit plan and it is bad governance. We must hold them accountable for blocking the public’s voice on this critical public infrastructure.
Attendees and speakers are needed. If you’d like to speak in support of the plan, please email Capital Area Friends of Transit and arrive at 1:30 to sign up.…[ Read More → ]
Many of you probably attended the Downtown Raleigh Living Tour a few weekends ago, where urban living options were highlighted in an event sponsored by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. As my wife and I were returning home to our condo at 510 Glenwood, we ran into a visitor to our building and regaled him with the glories of living downtown. His response caught our attention. He told us that one of the factors that drew him into the city was the passion he observed in the residents who live here. The truth is that we all do tend to feel strongly that we are on to something. Often this “something” is intangible, yet we all stumble on words for expressing the vitality and “realness” of living in a setting where people walk, engage with others and feel joint responsibility for their environment.…[ Read More → ]