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Hi y'all.

You might notice this week looks a little different.

After seeing a high response to the new Tuesday newsletter (our highest open rate yet!), I knew it was time to switch it up for the original newsletter edition on Thursday.


Thursday primarily has a civic and issues-focused purpose, but I wanted to make it more scannable, shareable, contextual and essential. 

Now it's split up into three easier-to-read sections:

In Context: This breaks out a top issue of the week with additional information that explains why it's important to your life or shares some reported, original content from the Raleigh Convergence.

The Digest: To make this easier to scan, I've streamlined the format for better reading.

Action Items: These are public input forms, public meetings and other civic-focused calendar items that help you take action to create the Raleigh you want to see.


At the end is a quick poll to tell me what you think about these changes, or you can reply and tell me what you think.

You'll also notice there's no Datebook this morning.

That's coming this Friday as part of a new newsletter with a new mission: A collaborative guide to Raleigh.

It's all about creating a better Raleigh Convergence for you.

Thanks for coming along, and please consider sharing so this effort can grow!

--Sarah Day

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News you need to know, in context.

Tuesday is Election Day!

While you have until Friday for early voting, this upcoming Tuesday, Oct. 8, is Election Day! 

WHY THIS ELECTION IS IMPORTANT
The Raleigh city council is elected every two years. That means every seat is up to voters: The mayor, two at-large seats and five district seats.

Voters select the mayoral candidate, two at-large candidates and a candidate for their district when you go to the polls. 

 
  • There's a large field (27 candidates) of people who have varying opinions on how Raleigh should respond to its growth in population and development.
  • The current mayor, Nancy McFarlane, decided not to run for re-election. She's a long-serving mayor who was elected in 2011, guiding the city through growth and long-term plans like Dix Park.
  • Although voter turnout is higher for national elections, what your neighborhood and your community look like are more influenced by local government.
MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE
🇺🇸 Find your polling place by using this tool

🇺🇸 Getting there: Election Day voting goes from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can also ride GoTriangle for free to go vote.

🇺🇸 
You are not required to provide ID when you vote in this election and may vote provisionally. More on what that means, according to the State Board of Elections, linked.

PLANNING TO VOTE EARLY?
Friday, Oct. 4, is the last day of early voting, which you can do at any of these sites. 

It's the last day to vote if you haven't registered or need to change your info, which you can check on this site.
 

GET INFORMED
Don't forget to read answers to your questions
in the Raleighites Agenda, Raleigh Convergence's coverage of the election:


MAYORAL CANDIDATES

AT-LARGE CANDIDATES

Find your district: DISTRICT A | DISTRICT B DISTRICT C | DISTRICT D DISTRICT E

More resources for candidate Q&As: 

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RUS Bus project moves forward with up to 40 stories and affordable housing

📰 The news: Raleigh's city council voted to allow a planned tower up to 40 stories in Downtown Raleigh for GoTriangle's planned bus station.

What is RUS Bus? It's a planned bus transfer station next to the existing Raleigh Union Station, an Amtrak passenger bus station. The RUS Bus hub would connect people traveling by train with the GoTriangle bus system. 

The plans for the tower above the station include office space, retail, housing and possibly a hotel. The site is on West Street, across from The Dillon in the Warehouse District.


The context: As the News & Observer wrote, the action from council included a longer-term affordable housing component, with 20 units or 10% of overall housing units, whichever is greater. The units would be at below market value rates for 15 years, WRAL said.

🖼️ The big picture: This fits into the Wake Transit Plan, which includes:
  • A planned 37 miles of commuter rail along existing rail ways. 
  • Bus Rapid Transit, which is a faster bus service, with plans down New Bern Avenue and another line that connects Downtown Raleigh and Downtown Cary
  • Increased bus services, connecting people with the universities, employment centers and the airport. 
🔜 What's next: GoTriangle says it will submit site plans soon, and because of the federal grant it received, construction needs to be underway before 2020. 

PLUS...

It's the second time this year that a police officer's body camera wasn't used during a shooting involving an officer, News & Observer reports. The kidnapping suspect was fleeing officers and the police report said the suspect died from a self-inflicted shot.

Curious about how zoning works? This Podcast Raleigh episode with Elizabeth Alley explains how it works with real examples.

The pros and cons of conserving Raleigh neighborhoods: This post on DTRaleigh.com in collaboration with James Demby is an interesting read on a wonkier subject.

NC State Fair food will include pumpkin spice corn. Too far? Here's a full list of new foods.

Triangle Innovation Week begins today, which connects several disparate events under one umbrella, reports GrepBeat. Besides Innovate Raleigh's sold-out event today, there's a Global Innovation Summit and a Startup Summit. It goes through Oct. 12th.

Speaking of delicious foods, Midtown East (of Wegmans fame) will also include the first location to open of Ashley Christensen's Project Xtra Crispy in spring 2020. Denver chain Snooze eatery, known for their breakfast, will also open in the new development.

Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email raleighconvergence@gmail.com.
 
☑️ Have kids in Wake Co. schools? Check the draft of the Student Enrollment Proposal to see if your 2020-21 and 2021-22 school assignment is affected. Ask questions or give feedback in their forum.

☑️ Join an arts + culture focused election gathering at Artspace at First Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Program at 6 p.m. Register.

☑️ Watch the elections results: Inbound Raleigh is organizing a nonpartisan/non-candidate watch party for election results at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on Tuesday night. Join.
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