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Hi y'all.

I was at a coffee meeting earlier this week (get the rose cardamom latte at Place at the Table!), and the person I was catching up with mentioned a story that hadn't gotten on my radar.

Even though I comb local news sites and social media regularly to catch the most actionable and relevant news, it's still possible miss important issues that people are talking about, but aren't sharing.


Consider this your personal invitation: I'd love to hear the stories you think should be amplified or contextualized or told. You can reply to this email anytime -- or let's meet for coffee.

To the social part of social media, 

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What's happening at the State Farmers Market?

📰 The news: Organizers of the Save Raleigh State Farmers Market report that 14,000 people signed a petition against a master plan for the State Farmers Market. 

So what are they petitioning?: The master plan for the Raleigh regional state farmers market, which is on state land next to Dorothea Dix Park (city land).

The master plan recommends changes that the petitioners don't agree with -- in particular, reducing the space wholesale vendors have at the market. 


🖼️ The big picture: It's not clear when the master plan would be put into action, or if it would have the necessary financial support, according to state officials who run the market.

The Save Raleigh State Farmers Market site says to contact Raleigh City Council, but the Raleigh State Farmers Market is owned by the state and operated by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

It's one of four regional State Farmers Markets throughout North Carolina.


The master plan recommends changes in how people engage with the State Farmers Market in the future as the area changes around it with Dix Park.

The plan includes better pedestrian and bike connectivity, more retail space, event space, bringing in private development including taverns, more restaurants and mixed use development.

More from the plan:
  • "Market District – includes the Produce Building, Market Shops, and a new Event Center
  • Docks District – the conversion of existing wholesale buildings to retail with spaces at either end for engaging evening activities
  • Park Edge District – area at the north end of the site and the western edge of the Meadow at Dix Park. Intended for future mixed-use development including retail, housing, and office space
  • Barn District – the relocated dairy barn and adjunct facility as an Agriculture Museum and Event Center." 
⏭️ What's next: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler released a statement earlier this week and said any changes would be 25 years or more down the road, and require an investment of $80 million that hasn't materialized. 

"While no one can be certain what the market will look like in 25 years, our goal is to provide the best possible outcome for people who sell and buy at the market," his statement says.

"What we know now is appraisal values of real estate have dramatically increased. While we want to provide the most affordable rate possible, we are bound by state law to lease at a fair market value rate."

Some farmers aren't convinced. Vaughn Ford told the INDY: "There’s no higher use of this property than feeding the public and supporting our local farmers. That’s the highest and best use of this property." 
Wake Co. parks projects move forward

You may have heard: Voters approved a parks bond in 2018 for parks, greenways, recreation and open spaces.

The new news: Commissioners voted to approve funds for some specific projects, including:
  • Beech Bluff County Park: This park, with unique steep bluffs and beech trees, is in the southeast part of the county is east of  Fuquay-Varina and south and east of Garner. 
  • Kellam-Wyatt Farm: In between Raleigh and Knightdale, 60 acres of land will be preserved as a park thanks to a donation. Still in early phases, the county is requesting qualifications for people who would create a master plan for the property. 
  • Lake Myra County Park, in Wendell.
See more about the funding and project [here]

The Raleigh Chamber is hosting its 2019 half day conference on Nov. 21. The keynote is Candice Webb, Director, StrongPoints at Meredith College and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Attendees will take the StrengthsFinder assessment and learn how to maximize their individual strengths in breakout sessions. [more info + register]

ICYMI: North Carolina no longer has two archaic sexual assault laws on the books. Before last week's vote from state lawmakers, "North Carolina was the only state in the nation where continuing sex with someone after that person revoked consent was not considered a crime," the Carolina Public Press reports. Another loophole closed: it was not illegal to have sex with someone who was incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol. 


PLUS... 

Apex and Garner have new mayors. The News & Observer has more Wake County elections results [here]

An assistant football coach at Knightdale High School resigned after a video of him making racist comments made its way to school administrators. [read]

Kiwanis Park will be dedicated on Nov. 16. There's a new neighborhood center, basketball courts and updated playground equipment. It's in Five Points next to Joyner Elementary School. [RSVP]


There's a second draft of Wake County public school assignments. What's next: A public hearing later this month and then a vote Dec. 3. [read]

A tennis complex planned for the Brier Creek area has raised a portion of their fundraising goal. It has the support of the United States Tennis Association. 
[read]

A new bridal boutique opened up in the City Market area of Downtown Raleigh, White of Raleigh. [info]

The future is here: The first prescription delivery by drone landed in Cary. [read]

Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email raleighconvergence@gmail.com.
 
☑️ Explore mapping and open data. There are two opportunities next week for data enthusiasts: 
  • GIS Day: Learn how geographic information systems are integrated into our everyday lives. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Raleigh Union Station. Free. [learn more]
  • NC Open Pass DataPalooza: The 7th annual DataPalooza on Thursday, November 14, is for "coders, designers, entrepreneurs, the public and government to create positive change in the community through the use of open data." $35, discounts for government workers, free for elected officials and students. [info]
☑️ Western Boulevard BRT meeting (the rescheduled one): On Nov. 12 from 4-8 p.m., discuss the future of the bus rapid transit route connecting Downtown Raleigh, N.C. State and downtown Cary with planning and transit staff. [read more]

☑️ What should Capital Blvd North look like?: There are two open meetings coming up on the design, one today (Thursday) and one on Nov. 16. [info]
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