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Give input on “missing middle” housing and outdoor spaces

If you listen to Raleigh City Council, you may hear about text changes — which sounds wonky, but matters. Before something is built or developed, it must be consistent with the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Text changes adapt those rules, after going through the approval process: Someone (often the city council) requests a text change.…

Raleigh area Greenway trail will soon be more connected to region

A central Greenway trail, Crabtree Creek Trail, recently received the final piece of funding needed to make the connection west to William B. Umstead State Park.  It’s more than a stretch of pavement and bridges, though — it’s another step to better connecting the region with Greenway trails.  Raleigh Convergence spoke with Lisa Schiffbauer, senior…

Share your thoughts on Converging Topic, Climate Change + Sustainability

We just made a big announcement! Raleigh Convergence is evolving as we reach our 2nd anniversary.  We’ll collaborate with you, the community, on issues of local impact and creative themes that bring together diverse perspectives and explanatory content. This new idea is called Converging Topics. Every other month (at least for now), a new topic or…

The big news: What’s next for Raleigh Convergence

Raleigh Convergence is evolving as we reach our 2nd anniversary, as I’ve mentioned earlier. You may have seen some smaller changes: Reformatted newsletter design, an earlier, more consistent send time for newsletters, a weekly locally-grown ideas feature, all based on your feedback. The biggest shift is today’s announcement.  Raleigh Convergence helps Raleigh area residents understand, enjoy…

Raleigh’s barbecue scene is growing

2020 was anticipated to be the year of barbecue in Raleigh. We all know what happened next. But like the slow process of great barbecue, the wait is worth it for these four new BBQ spots, which all focus on traditional, whole-hog barbecue. Here’s a status update on the eagerly anticipated ‘cue, and how to…

Easter 2021 ideas at Raleigh area parks

While Easter 2021 will still be different than normal times, you can still find fun activities in the Raleigh area, beginning this weekend! Several Easter events from Raleigh Parks are Friday-Sunday this week. Here’s a full list with details, and some highlighted below.  🥚Egg Hunt Kit pickup at Mordecai Historic Park (Saturday-April 4) and Abbotts…

Delta keeps RDU as “focus cities” airport

RDU and Austin will be Delta’s only “focus cities” as it adjusts to a post-pandemic future. No longer focus cities: Nashville, San Jose (Calif., Silicon Valley’s airport) and Cincinnati. Focus cities aren’t hubs, but have more resources. Here’s why: According to a consultant quoted by Airline Weekly, it goes beyond being growing areas. Neither RDU…

Converging Stories: Second Chance is Monday! See the trailer.

The first live storytelling event of our 2021 Converging Stories series is this Monday at 7 p.m.! Only ticketholders can access our night of true, first-person stories on the theme of Second Chance. [BUY TICKETS] Tickets cost $10 and support Raleigh Convergence’s free journalism. A free ticket option for those affected by COVID-19 is available…

Meet the storytellers for Converging Stories: Second Chance!

We’re kicking off our second season of Converging Stories, our live storytelling series, with a theme of second chances. Tickets are on sale now for the virtually live event happening this Monday (March 15) at 7 p.m. [purchase] Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which Raleigh area people — your neighbors — are…

Changes at Fenton: No Wegmans and a new movie theater concept

Wegmans is no longer planning to open an East Cary store, WRAL and TBJ first reported and Raleigh Convergence independently confirmed with developers. Raleigh Convergence has previously reported the Wegmans was planned for the Fenton development off of Cary Towne Boulevard, just across the Cary town line from Raleigh. A spokesperson from Hines confirmed to Raleigh Convergence: “Given the immense interest in…

Raleigh Iron Works will transform warehouse site to destination

Raleigh Iron Works officially began construction this week to transform the site that was once Peden Steel.  The mixed-use development builds on existing mills and warehouses while adding new construction.  The end product will be restaurant, office, residential, event, retail and outdoor spaces — including an adult-sized slide. Developers say it will include a mix of…

Faster buses, commuter train: Wake County’s long-term transit plan, explained.

Now is the time to give input on Wake County’s long term, 10-year transit plan. As Wake County grows, the plan also changes. Not sure what the plan includes? Read on for quick primer on the Wake County Transit plan, below, and highlighted updates. Or, dig in to the draft plan document here before giving…

Tickets on sale now for Converging Stories: Second Chance!

Converging Stories, Raleigh’s live community storytelling series, is back for 2021! Tickets are on sale now for our first event of the season, March 15 at 7 p.m. [purchase] Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which Raleigh/Wake County community members — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight…

Amid pandemic, Raleighites look to the future

Previous Next We asked Raleigh business owners, people-focused professionals + community leaders: What is on the other side of our COVID-19 reality? Raleigh photographer Keenan Hairston captured portraits of people whose everyday realities changed in the last year. We asked two questions: What does recovery look like? And what are your hopes for the future?…

Converging Stories: Fear stories

As we count down to our 2021 season, we’re sharing some of the individual past stories from our 2020 season! Get the details, deadlines and themes for our second season here. In our fourth-ever Converging Stories, and third virtual Converging Stories, community members shared stories around the theme of Fear. [full bios] Watch the stories: Robin Simonton Kaleah Smith…

Converging Stories: Coming Home stories

As we count down to our 2021 season, we’re sharing some of the individual past stories from our 2020 season! Get the details, deadlines and themes for our second season here. In our third-ever Converging Stories, and second virtual Converging Stories, community members shared stories around the theme of Coming Home. [full bios] Watch the stories: Dakota…

8 places to see Black history in Raleigh

February is Black History Month, and we’re sharing a self-guided tour to Raleigh landmarks of notable Black residents and history-making institutions. Estey Hall at Shaw University 📍 118 E South St., Raleigh. Estey Hall was the first building constructed in the U.S. for the education of Black women, at Shaw University, built in the 1870s.…

Converging Stories: What If? stories

As we count down to our 2021 season, we’re sharing some of the individual past stories from our 2020 season! Get the details, deadlines and themes for our second season here. In our second Converging Stories, and first virtual Converging Stories, community members shared stories around the theme of What If? [full bios] Kenia Thompson…

Converging Stories returns with new themes for second season of live storytelling

Converging Stories, Raleigh’s live community storytelling series, is coming back for 2021! Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which community members — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight around a theme. Each night of storytelling has a different theme. Anyone connected with the Raleigh and Wake County…

What’s in North Hills’ new Innovation District?

The North Hills Innovation District is what’s next for North Hills and how we work and live differently now, according to Kane Realty’s Monday announcement.  The 33 acres will include “walkable ground level with experiential retail and maker’s spaces,” a two-story food hall and event space, large outdoor spaces, plus new residential and office spaces.…

Wake County’s community libraries begin re-opening for Express Service, here’s the schedule

More libraries are opening their doors this month for Express Service. Last fall, the regional libraries re-opened. Last Thursday, the community libraries began a phased re-opening, with more in the coming weeks. Express Service opens the library’s doors for short (15-30 minutes) visits. Temperature checks are required for entry and the library locations limit capacity.…