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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. 

Presented in no particular order, here is the first batch of five.

IDEA #1: Raleigh will become a barbecue destination.

Back in August, I asked on Instagram you think are the iconic dishes of Raleigh. Not mentioned: BBQ. [see what you said]

That will change in the next year. 

Longleaf Swine will their whole-hog barbecue in Transfer Co. Food Hall in the early part of 2020.

Wyatt's Whole Hog Barbecue (pictured, credit Eric Waters) says it's opening in Gateway Plaza in fall 2020.

BBQ legend Ed Mitchell will open a restaurant with Carolina Ale House owners near the new Wegman's in the spring, the News & Observer reports, and James Beard semifinalist Sam Jones is opening up a location near Boylan Heights in the fall of next year.

IDEA #2: Significant progress on Dix Park becoming reality

Dreamville will return to Dix Park in April 2020, which helps the park financially. [read more]

But funds for Dix Park is also part of a "quality of life" bond planned by the new Raleigh City Council. [read more]

IDEA #3: BRT conversations on two routes, equity

While it will still be a few years before bus rapid transit (a faster system of buses) is implemented, three topics will be discussed further in 2020:

The New Bern route, which goes through an area already experiencing gentrification; the Western route, which would connect Downtown Raleigh, NC State and Cary; and the equitable development study. [read more]

Another move coming soon for easier access and equity in transit is the forthcoming mobile payment option. It will make it easier to buy passes and cap fares for pay-as-you-go users. [read more]

IDEA #4: Freedom Park in Downtown Raleigh moves forward

Design plans for the park in Downtown Raleigh at Wilmington and Lane streets were approved earlier this year. Work is anticipated to begin soon on the park that honors the contributions of Black North Carolinians. [learn more]

IDEA #5: Moore Square grows as a public gathering destination

Moore Square opened this summer and already hosted more than 300 programs and events.

In 2020, anticipate even more community engagement, from family-focused events to live music series and a vendor fair all about brunch.

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President Obama mentioned Raleigh-based musicians in his year-end music playlist, via INDY Week. [read more]

Find three new pieces of art in the NCMA Museum Park, from artist Nancy Blum. [info]

ICYMI: Our New Year's Eve guide. [read it]
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