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Ideas to watch in 2020

As we look toward a new year, Raleigh Convergence is sharing 20 ideas to watch in 2020. [see the first 5]


📸: Dix Park daffodils in March

IDEA #6: New development toward Dix Park

With the 10-acre mixed use Park City South project on South Saunders Street, a land purchase that seems to indicate Downtown South is moving forward and The Lynde, a “boutique condo community,”  2020 could include more plans for development in the area between the downtown core and Dorothea Dix Park. 


IDEA #7: Raleigh draws big names in food from elsewhere

In 2019, Katsuji Tanabe opened High Horse in City Market of Downtown Raleigh. The Top Chef competitor was drawn to Raleigh not just to plant a restaurant but to live. 

In the next year, Kenny Gilbert, who’s cooked for Oprah and beat Bobby Flay, will open a restaurant in North Raleigh. Cut & Gather will focus on wood-fired Southern cuisine.

While Fenton in Cary won’t be open until 2021, the news of celebrity chef Ford Fry opening Superica is just one of the regional culinary restaurants coming to the Eastern Cary Gateway development. 

Colletta, an Italian food and win restaurant from Atlanta planned for Fenton, is the same hospitality group that opened Oak steakhouse and O-Ku sushi in The Dillon.

Could more regional restaurants from Atlanta, Charlotte and elsewhere see Raleigh as a ripe location for expansion?


IDEA #8: Presidential hopefuls descend on NC

Michael Bloomberg may have been a late entrant in an already crowded field for president, but he’s only the second to open a field office in Raleigh, right in downtown

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the first to visit and opened a field office on Harrington Street

It’s just the beginning as North Carolina's March 3 primary approaches.


IDEA #9: A fresh start at Wake Co. libraries

Wake Co. libraries announced they’ll go late fee-free in the new year. If you had late fees from last year, they’re wiped out, giving people a clean slate and access to information. 
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Tell your story of The First Love



A new community storytelling series from Raleigh Convergence and our partner Transfer Company is seeking storytellers now!

Considering submitting a story idea? It's easy to get started.

Just send a short 100 words or less idea to raleighconvergence@gmail.com (or reply to this email!) by 5 p.m. Thursday!

What to know: 

Your pitch doesn't have to be perfect. This is just sharing your interest and giving us a starting point!

You don't have to be an experienced storyteller. This is a community project, where we want to hear from all types of experiences and voices. 

'The First Love' can be interpreted in many different ways. Did your first dog teach you something about love? Was your first love a sport, a person, an art or a place? 

It's OK if you're not a writer or know how to tell a story. During the coaching process, you'll learn storytelling skills that will refine your story!

If you're a part of the Raleigh community, you can submit an idea. Whether you live in Raleigh, work in Raleigh or are involved with the community in other ways, you can be a potential storyteller!

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Raleigh City Council will have a packed agenda for today's 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. sessions. Discussions will include:

💬 Revised rules of decorum will be discussed, which outline how Raleighites are permitted to speak and act during public comment.

Previously the rules of decorum, at least in practice, have been criticized for being too strict in addressing council members directly and mentioning city staff by name. [revised rules document]


💬 In the most densely zoned areas of downtown, Raleigh leaders may decide to eliminate parking requirements for nonresidential use. Other similar cities who have done this include Charlotte, Austin, Richmond, Winston-Salem and Durham. [read more]

💬 City council members could vote to approve a text change that would allow for more development of Cottage Courts, a more compact type of housing. According to the Planning Commission's recommendation, this would "increase permitted density by 50 percent." [read more]

💬 Plus, preschool children experiencing homelessness will have access to a weeklong camp. [read more]

Tweet your wish and photo for Raleigh in 2020 with #WhatIfRaleigh and it will be included in a project on Jan. 17th called Light Up Your Street. The wishes will be projected onto a wall on Pace Street, near Pelagic. [via Tina Govan]

The James Beard Foundation (you know, the group that gives awards for the best culinary talent) chose Raleigh as its site for Owning It, a program focused on developing women in the culinary field in Raleigh. Apply by Jan. 15 if you want to participate. [info]

Electric buses roll out in Raleigh today. [info]
 
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