Happy (& safe) biking!

Raleigh is home to over 100 miles of greenway trails. As a bicycle commuter, I’m invested in growing our trail network. I want to ensure safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders, and all of the folks who choose alternative ways to get around. I attended the Oaks and Spokes Trail Oriented Design forum to learn aboutContinue reading “Happy (& safe) biking!”

Economic Inclusion

In teaching economic development at NC State, I ask my students to investigate the private and public sector investments that should be made in communities across North Carolina. Raleigh has one of the strongest economies in the U.S., so they typically choose other communities for their research. And yet many residents here are still excludedContinue reading “Economic Inclusion”

When and where do you vote in Raleigh? And for who?

WHEN the Raleigh City Council moved the city’s municipal election from October 2021 to November 2022, all council members were given an additional year in office. Although I’m betting our next chance to vote will indeed be November 8th this year, the question remains about who some residents will be able to vote for. WHEREContinue reading “When and where do you vote in Raleigh? And for who?”

Covid continues, continue to take care!

We had all hoped the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by now. And yet the struggle continues. I tested positive during the omicron surge. Being laid up with a cough, sore throat and head fog is not my preferred state of being. During these dark days, I am grateful that my symptoms were not worse.Continue reading “Covid continues, continue to take care!”

Keeping Lake Johnson clean

I had a great time with Lake Johnson staff and community to clean up the lake. This annual NC Big Sweep event helps to keep Lake Johnson water clean and free of debris. The City of Raleigh partners with Foothills Brewing and the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation Department to make the event possible.Continue reading “Keeping Lake Johnson clean”

Athens Drive Community Library is open.

Thanks to everyone who supports Athens Drive Community Library! Neighbors came together and worked with the Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Public School System to re-open the library. Effective Wednesday, August 25, we can enter the library, browse for books, use a public computer, and pick up books on reserve. Visitors ages 5+Continue reading “Athens Drive Community Library is open.”

Green Infrastructure

Significant investments in green stormwater infrastructure are needed in Raleigh. Green infrastructure helps us prepare for disruptive weather and protect our water resources. It also provides greenspace for public enjoyment. Green infrastructure uses natural and built landscape features to capture and soak up rainwater. The issue is that impervious surfaces – roads, sidewalks, parking lots,Continue reading “Green Infrastructure”