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This week, we're talking... Raleigh City Council candidates answered your questions 🗳️ | See Downtown Raleigh transform, block by block ✨ | Report: Weaver Street Market opens Saturday 🛒  | Meet up tonight at Dram & Draught! Plus Groove in the Garden, NCMA rooftop art installation performance & more 📆

Hi y'all.

What does the future of local media look like? 

I started this company in Raleigh to build something that inspires you:

Inspires you to know and love this community more,

inspires you with the stories of your creative neighbors,

and most importantly, inspires you to take action to make it a better place. 

In short, I believe the future of local media looks less like a shiny product and more like a conversation. 

That's why the Raleighites Agenda, a questionnaire determined by the residents of Raleigh, is the Raleigh Convergence approach to Raleigh City Council elections coverage.

You can't have a conversation with only one person speaking -- that's a soliloquy. So thank you for sending in your questions and making this conversation between candidates and community possible. 

More details are below with links to questionnaires. 

In the coming weeks leading up to Oct. 8, it'll be more elections-heavy in these Thursday editions of the Raleigh Convergence as I share excerpts of the questionnaire answers.

It's appropriate for the weight of this election and its possible impact on the future of Raleigh at such a critical point in our growth. The Raleigh in 20 years will be affected by the leadership we select in this election -- so vote for the future you want to see!

To the future,
Sarah Day

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Everything you need to know to vote early in Raleigh

Early voting began Wednesday for the Oct. 8 Raleigh city election and the Cary town election (more on Cary next week).

Raleigh voters will each choose one mayoral candidate, two at-large candidates and for a candidate from their district.

SEE A SAMPLE BALLOT or check your registration on this site.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! If you missed the Sept. 13 deadline to register to vote, or if you need to update your information, you can do so by going to an early voting location. 

The Wake Co. Board of Elections says: “If you missed the deadline to register, you can register and vote at the same time at any early voting location.

OUR COVERAGE, THE RALEIGHITES AGENDAThe Raleigh Convergence solicited questions through our email newsletter, website, Instagram account and in person throughout August and early September.

The questions for candidates came solely from the Raleigh community. It’s your representation and your questions. 

It’s central to the mission of the Raleigh Convergence, a modern local media company, that the community drives the conversation (find our values here).


For district candidates: What is your vision for your district and the city as a whole? (What will Raleigh look like in 10-20 years?) Once in office, what actions will be your priority to achieve that vision?

For at-large and mayoral candidates: What is your vision for the future of the city? (What will Raleigh look like in 10-20 years?) Once in office, what actions will be your priority to achieve that vision?

What’s the impact on traffic of the rapid high-rise development in downtown, and what are you doing to avoid the gridlock we’re seeing too often? How would you improve walkability, especially in the urban core?

According to the Arts & Economic Impact Study 5, the nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Raleigh generated $532 million in economic activity, representing 95% of the total activity for Wake County in fiscal year 2015.  The creative economy also supports over 8,00 full-time equivalent jobs in Raleigh and generates $26 million in tax revenue for local government.  

What is your vision for the arts and the role they would play in Raleigh’s overall economic development strategy?

What is your vision for Raleigh 20 years from now? Development will happen whether you support it or not -- so what is next? What is the big idea? What is YOUR big idea?

With rising costs for parking and rent, what will you do to help keep independent, locally-owned shops in downtown Raleigh from being swallowed up by larger chains?




FIND YOUR DISTRICT by searching your address at the bottom of this page or by going here.






Read more about the process here.

Questions? Comments? Send an email to


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There's a post of Google Street maps before and after posted in the DTRaleigh Community forum that show big changes, place by place, over 10 years in Downtown Raleigh. The before and after of CAM is one eye-opening change. 

Lawmakers under a tight deadline redrew legislative district maps after a panel of judges threw out the ones they deemed gerrymandered, partisan and unconstitutional. 

Wake Co. is affected by the redrawn lines for state Senate districts. The redrawn maps were passed by the N.C. House and Senate, but the judges still get to weigh in on the maps. Read more in the N&O about where the process is now.

The first grocery store in downtown opens this weekend, the INDY Week reports, with some opening day details. Weaver Street Market, which has three other locations elsewhere in the Triangle, is more than a grocery store.

In its location at The Dillon, there will be a kitchen, a hot bar and a salad bar, wine and beer, a community meeting space, and a mezzanine with a view. The co-op asks patrons to support A Place at the Table, a pay-what-you-can cafe, too.

The live music venue in Glenwood South opened Wednesday night
Besides live music inside, expect a slate of DJs outside on the rooftop patio and elevated bar food.
Some other events to check out: a few live music themed brunches (like ‘90s, mimosas and Motown, and Country), The Rundown (an original music series with local and regional artists) and even an emo-themed night.


Smarter cities: NC State and partners including the City of Raleigh and the Town of Cary received a grant to link 5G and drone technologies, WRAL TechWire reports. 

'The Triangle 2050': The Innovate Raleigh Summit is scheduled for Oct. 3, and 'buzzword' will get you 25% off this week.

Raleigh won't join 'RDU Quarry' lawsuit: The News & Observer reports the city council will send a letter telling the RDU Airport Authority that they should have gotten permission from the city before moving forward with the quarry lease. But, the city council opted to wait to hear the outcome of the current lawsuit.
HQ's Candidate Forum:
From 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, some of the Raleigh City Council candidates (or their representatives) will be on hand to answer your questions. INFO.

Cary voters, this event is for you: The League of Women Voters is hosting a forum Monday with Cary mayoral and town council candidates, 7-9 p.m. INFO.
Upcoming ways to find community, give back and celebrate what’s happening in Raleigh.

THURSDAY: JOIN US! It's a reader/listener meetup! Meet fellow Raleigh Convergence subscribers (and me, Sarah Day), Leo with DTRaleigh, Jennifer with Inbound RaleighJed Byrne with Oak City CRE! We'll hang out at the new Dram & Draught, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP here.

SATURDAY: Wellness Series at The Dillon with Gratitude Hot Yoga. Enjoy a free class on the 9th floor terrace at 9 a.m. Details.

SATURDAY: Groove in the Garden. Catch live music on two stages at the Stephenson Amphitheatre and Raleigh Rose Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre. There's local food and drink for purchase, a kid zone, art vendors and more. Doors open at 1 p.m., entertainment 2-8 p.m. TICKETS & INFO.

SATURDAY: BugFest. If your kids (or you) are really into bugs, check out this event by the Museum of Natural Sciences. There will be events and interactive exhibits inside and outside the museum. INFO.

SATURDAY: Groove in the Garden. Catch live music on two stages at the Stephenson and Raleigh Rose Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre. There's local food and drink for purchase, a kid zone, art vendors and more. Doors open at 1 p.m., entertainment 2-8 p.m. TICKETS & INFO.

SATURDAY: Brier Creek Food Truck Festival. More than 30 food trucks and live music, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. INFO.

SUNDAY: La Fiesta del Pueblo. This celebration of the Latinx community in Raleigh will include live entertainment, a health fair, arts vendors, food and more on Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh, 12-6 p.m. INFO.

SUNDAY: Community House Party at NCMA's Southern Oracle rooftop. The colorful rooftop (temporary) installation in NC Museum of Art's Museum Park will be the center of an event including George Clinton-inspired dancers. Noon-3 p.m. Free, but tickets required. TICKETS.
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