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Hi y'all.

Who decides the names of our neighborhoods and communities, especially as Raleigh grows?

There are some neighborhoods, mostly established or historic neighborhoods, which have clearly defined boundaries and signage of their names. 

But for areas with redevelopment projects (or areas experiencing gentrification), who decides an area's name? 

One such example is defining what Midtown includes (or East Raleigh), mentioned in eatRaleigh's blog this week and previously in IBT Insider

It's something I've struggled with (and Googled, and looked at on maps, and asked about) when describing areas here in the newsletter. I don't think I'm alone in that.

Does growth necessitate a mental redrawing of lines? How do we maintain the legacy of the past while defining or redefining areas in functional ways? 

I'm curious what you have to say on the topic -- hit reply and tell me what you think.


--Sarah Day

📸: Devin Desjarlais Photography

PS: I'm still seeking your responses to this survey. I'd like to get at least 10% response rate. It will help me better serve you! 
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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism exhibit opens at NCMA

The much-anticipated Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit at NCMA opens Saturday, and it includes photos and work revealing Frida the person behind the Frida the icon. 

The context: It's from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman collection, patrons of Diego and Frida. It's not a definitive look at Mexican Modernist art, but it is a personal collection from two people who knew them.

When to see it: The ticketed exhibit, "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism" runs through Jan. 19, 2020, and you can see Scott Avett's INVISIBLE while you're there. It's in the East Building of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
 [learn more + tickets]

Here are some ways to experience and engage with the exhibit:

Share an offering to a loved one or the artists: Mexican Artist Peter Marin created an ofrenda at the entrance of the exhibit that attendees can engage with.

It's a 30-foot structure of tissue paper, craft paper, cardboard and clay that corresponds with the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead, where families remember those who died. You can write a note and leave it on the ofrenda. 

Step inside Casa Azul: Projections of the home Frida and Diego shared include aspects of how they spent time in their home in an immersive experience. 

Behind the scenes photos of Frida: Frida's work was deeply personal, and though she's iconic today, some of the photos and the history within the exhibit peel back the layers to who she was as a person.

She began painting after she was critically injured in a bus accident, and she created art around her miscarriages and loss of mobility, which viewers can see in photographs and timelines. While there are some beautiful and iconic images of Frida, some are casual, playing around with a camera. 

Diego's work and mural projection: While Frida is more well known now, Diego was the more prominent artist of the two when they were living. Diego Rivera is known for his murals, and there's a projection showing the two while Diego creates a mural in Detroit. Other works by Diego include a portrait of a child from an indigenous group in Mexico, another of vendors selling calla lillies. 

More before-you-go details: 
  • Photography without flash is permitted
  • #NCMAfrida on social media
  • Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors, military, college students (with ID), $12 youth 7-18 and 6 and younger are free.
  • Frida Cafe, at the Blue Ridge Atrium in the East Building, will have a menu including tacos, soups and salads, Mexican-inspired drinks (alcoholic and not)
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Newly redrawn maps for state House and Senate are more fair, WRAL News analysis says

📰 You've probably heard: Judges found that district maps for North Carolinians' legislative representation were unconstitutional and gerrymandered. New maps (not using any of the old maps as a starting point) were redrawn for the 2020 elections under a two-week deadline.

The redrawn maps are currently awaiting the judicial review

🖼️ The big picture from WRAL's analysis: "Our big finding: The latest redistricting process led to much fairer maps, almost perfectly aligning to what's "typical" in North Carolina, based on factors like geography, county lines and the rural-urban divide," Tyler Dukes shared on Twitter. [read the report]


The number of fentanyl deaths increased dramatically from 4 to 70 in Wake County since 2013, INDY Week reports. Fentanyl is an opioid 50-100 times stronger than morphine. The CDC says many overdose deaths are linked to illegally made fentanyl. [read more]

A spinoff from an iconic NYC pizza place is coming to Downtown Cary, but: the redevelopment will mean longtime tenants will have to move, including a Mexican convenience store. [News & Observer]

If you've heard about Dix Park but don't know much about it, this UNCTV video is a good primer.

On the Record did a lengthy interview with new mayor-elect Mary-Ann Baldwin about her background and vision for the future. [watch it]

Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email
☑️ Share how you want to engage with City of Raleigh. Their new Community Engagement Preferences survey allows Raleighites to give feedback on how you'd like to give feedback in the future. [survey]

☑️ Weigh in on equitable development around BRT: There are two more opportunities to give input on bus rapid transit plans this month. On Saturday, attend workshops around equity and growth. On Tuesday, meet about the design phase of the New Bern BRT route. Full details. (via Inbound Raleigh).

☑️ This weekend: Southeast Raleigh Engagement Strategies: Stakeholders + community members of Southeast Raleigh will gather Friday night and Saturday to build a strategy for the future. [ICYMI: coverage from first event].

On the event agenda: a discussion on Intergenerational Leadership, panels on housing, police, and partnerships; table talks on history and culture, food, youth, transportation, health, job training and re-entry programs. 

"If you have questions about how we can revitalize the community and still preserve our vision and be inclusive, bring those for the lunch panel," organizers say.  [more info + be sure to RSVP]

☑️ Plant an urban tree. Volunteer to plant trees in Raleigh. [info]

Considering a magnet school? The Wake Co. Public School System's magnet fair is Saturday. [info]

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