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Hi y'all,

In my career, I have loved being an editor.

But one of the most rewarding hats I've worn is that of live storytelling editor/coach.

You see, starting a live storytelling series here in Raleigh is close to my heart because of past experience. 

In Palm Springs, I founded, organized and coached another local community storytelling series. 

But the best part about it wasn't what it did for me.

Neighbors who shared stories from different experiences and perspectives forged connections with other people they may not have known or met otherwise. 

People who may have thought they had nothing in common found that some things, real things, are universal. 

And real people told their stories -- not just writers and public speaking experts. 

So if that sounds like something you want to be a part of in a potential storyteller capacity, reply with your story idea before 5 p.m. today!

I can't wait to hear what story you have to tell on our first theme, The First Love.

To storytelling,

Sarah Day

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Results of commuter rail study: Up to 20 weekday round trips?

📰 The news: An early GoTriangle feasibility study report includes an early look at what the future of that commuter rail transit might look like. 

🖼️ The big picture: Building a 37-mile commuter rail is one part of the Wake County Transit Plan, along with Bus Rapid Transit (a faster bus system) and expanded bus routes. 

More interesting points from the report:

🚆 The most likely route would run from Garner and Durham, stopping at N.C. State, Cary, Morrisville and Research Triangle Park.

Any commuter rail, whether it is 7 round trips per day or 20, would require building 34 more miles of parallel track.

🚆 What's still too early to tell: How much it would cost to take the commuter line as a rider. 

🚆 Scenarios of the routes running to Clayton or Hillsborough are being studied next.

What's next: Decision makers in Wake, Durham and Orange counties will review the study. The failed Durham-Orange light rail project is coloring this discussion, the News & Observer reports, making some officials more cautious.
Affordable housing moves: Raleigh City Council took steps allowing more types of housing and density on Tuesday, including removing a seven-story height cap for development. 

Moving forward (but still will need another vote before they're official): Eliminating the requirement to provide parking in the most dense areas of Downtown Raleigh, and allowing cottage courts, a type of "missing middle" housing in the affordable housing discussion. 

The council also rejected an ordinance held over from the former council that would have made more density difficult

Another Triangle chef will expand to Fenton in Cary, this time it's Chef Michael Lee, opening a second M Sushi. M Sushi is the "flagship restaurant" for the Durham chef, who also owns M Kokko, M Pocha and M Tempura. The sushi restaurant will be across from Chef Scott Crawford's steakhouse in the Cary mixed use development, says INDY Week.

State of Beer, Downtown Raleigh bottle shop-sandwich shop-bar will be expanding into the former Runologie space, adding more indoor seating and space for their “growing natural wines.” As for Runologie, you can now find the running brand and shop alongside Pine State Coffee on Automotive Way.


More on the shiny new electric buses (in-seat chargers!) [read more]

Self-flying air taxi tested this week in Raleigh [read more]

Navigating the greenway system just got easier with this new map from Oaks & Spokes [see it]

Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email
☑️ Miss the Bike Facility open house?: You can still share your opinion on the options for the protected bike lane connecting Glenwood South and the Warehouse district. [info]

☑️ Downtown Raleigh Community Activation Committee: Have ideas to increase civic engagement in Downtown Raleigh? Attend this working event for the DTR CAC (note: not a Citizen Advisory Council, but encourages involvement in your local CAC). Next Thursday, the 16th, 6-7 p.m. at Loading Dock in Prince Hall. [info]

☑️ Help displaced families in Durham: This newsletter just covers Wake County, but many are looking for a way to help our Durham neighbors from McDougald Terrace housing, who are displaced because of carbon monoxide and mold. United Way of the Greater Triangle set up the Durham One Fund to help these families with short-term and long-term costs. [donate]

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