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  • What the new Congressional district maps mean for Raleigh voters

    December 3, 2019 by

    Take note: Raleigh voters are in a different district in 2020. 📰 The news: Judges allowed redrawn maps to stand for the 2020 elections Monday.  ICYMI: State lawmakers had to redraw maps not just for the state legislature but also for who represents us in the U.S. House. [read more] What to know about the redrawn maps:  🗳️ The judges… Read more

  • Double your impact during the holidays with donations to food bank that serves Wake County

    November 27, 2019 by

    Thinking about ways to give back this season? Donating to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina can help our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. 📰 The news: Now until Dec. 31, your financial donation to the food bank will be matched, thanks to some generous individual donors. [donate here] That means your money… Read more

  • Jacob Tobia in Raleigh: The bestselling author is coming to speak at the LGBT Center

    November 26, 2019 by

    If you don’t yet know Jacob Tobia, you will. They is an activist for the nonbinary community, a bestselling author, producer and actor, who grew up in Raleigh and Cary.  Jacob will be coming to Raleigh in December and speaking at and LGBT Center of Raleigh event, but be sure to RSVP if you want to go. They (Jacob uses they/them… Read more

  • Shop local in Raleigh at these holiday markets

    November 21, 2019 by

    Good news: If you want to shop local in Raleigh for all your Christmas gifts or holiday purchases, there’s plenty of places to check off your entire list while supporting local businesses. Besides the brick and mortar stores you should check out (Shop Local Raleigh has a good local business directory), there’s a multitude of… Read more

  • Order Thanksgiving pies from these Raleigh area bakers for the best dessert table ever

    November 21, 2019 by

    Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or in charge of the dessert for Friendsgiving, why not leave the baking to some of the best bakers in town? Here are a few places with delicious holiday pies and more — but don’t delay on getting your order in! 🥧 La Farm — Try the roasted pecan tart in a caramel… Read more

  • The Downtown Raleigh free bus route is changing. Here’s what’s proposed.

    November 19, 2019 by

    The Downtown Raleigh free bus, the R-Line, is changing. Here’s what to know about the proposed changes and how to share your opinion: 🚍 The proposed route changes from a loop to a “bidirectional service,” said David Eatman, the assistant transportation director for the City of Raleigh. That’s based off feedback that the loop route took too long… Read more

  • With Cary Towne Center redevelopment and Fenton, Eastern Cary Gateway would transform

    November 12, 2019 by

    Things are happening in the area of Cary closest to Raleigh.  Two projects — one approved and in progress and one that’s seeking a rezoning for its redevelopment — would transform the area, called Eastern Cary Gateway. Why it’s a big deal: The 2.2 million square-feet of Class A office space of the two projects… Read more

  • New Cary public library opens, with expanded storytimes in a prime location

    November 5, 2019 by

    Especially if you’re a reader or a parent, you’ll be excited about this news: The new Cary public library is now open. The new Cary Regional Library is next to Downtown Park, which is due for a massive expansion after Cary voters approved the parks bond.  You’ll find expanded storytimes. If you have a little one, you know finding… Read more

  • How do we define affordable housing? Who is left out?

    October 31, 2019 by

    Affordable housing is a complex issue, and one to watch as the more progressive incoming Raleigh City Council tackles it as one of the named priorities. Also important is the conversation among community organizers and advocates around the issue. One of those conversations happened Saturday at the Southeast Raleigh Community Engagement Strategy session. The group is organized by… Read more

  • Rosewater Kitchen + Bar opens in North Hills, plus more openings this week

    October 29, 2019 by

    Rosewater in North Hills opens Tuesday, the first in Raleigh from a celebrated Triangle restauranteur. Rosewater Kitchen & Bar is from noted restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias and it’s the first for The Giorgios Hospitality Group in Raleigh. Other restaurants by the group in Chapel Hill and Durham include Parizade, Vin Rouge and Bin 54, INDY Week says.  The vibe: Described as a… Read more

  • Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism exhibit: what to see + experience

    October 23, 2019 by

    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… Read more

  • AERPAW in Raleigh and Cary: Smart cities getting smarter

    October 17, 2019 by

    The Raleigh area is smart and getting smarter. You may have heard: The Research Triangle will be the third place in the country to test the next generation of wireless technology thanks to a grant. But here’s what that actually means: Raleigh and Cary will be a “testbed” for new smart city technology. The experimentation connects unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly called… Read more

  • SmokeStacks Cafe opens in Brewerks former location in Oakwood neighborhood

    October 15, 2019 by

    Those mourning the loss of Oakwood neighborhood restaurant Brewerks will be happy to learn that a new restaurant, SmokeStacks Cafe, has opened up in its place. SmokeStacks Cafe is under new ownership, North Carolina natives and siblings who returned from New York.  Ben Schultz and Holly Schultz quietly opened SmokeStacks Cafe at its 701 East Lane… Read more

  • Who won the Raleigh city council election, and will there be a runoff?

    October 9, 2019 by

    Updated 12 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Now we know who the next Raleigh city council will be! After early voting, Election Day votes and absentee ballots received by Tuesday were tabulated by the Board of Elections, we were anticipating candidates would call for a runoff election. Three races didn’t receive the percentage of total votes… Read more

  • Town of Cary elections 2019: What to know before you vote

    September 25, 2019 by

    Updated Oct. 9: Ya Liu and Harold Weinbrecht won the two contested races and the parks and transportation bonds passed. Friday, Oct. 4, is the last day of early voting, which you can do at any of these sites. Requesting an absentee ballot? Do that by this upcoming Tuesday, Oct. 1, before 5 p.m. Here’s that form. Not sure… Read more

  • Downtown Raleigh is growing. Here’s how fast.

    September 15, 2019 by

    Downtown Raleigh is growing. The State of Downtown Raleigh report from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance shows just how much. The cranes in downtown will stick around for a while — there’s still $2.3 billion in the development pipeline (compare that to $3 billion in development completed or under construction since 2005). But soon, we’ll see… Read more

  • Why you should know Fenton, a future destination center in Cary

    September 10, 2019 by

    About 15 minutes from downtown Raleigh, a destination center is quietly building. Work is starting within the orange netting just off the Cary Towne Boulevard I-40 exit for Fenton, a mixed-use site over 92 undeveloped acres next to Wake Med soccer park.  Fenton is large retail, multifamily housing, shopping, dining and entertainment development with dining… Read more

  • Downtown Raleigh is getting a weekend farmers market

    August 22, 2019 by

    A weekend downtown Raleigh farmers market is a long time in the making.  Tina Govan has lived in the Mordecai neighborhood for 30 years. On her walks around the neighborhoods of downtown on the weekends, the empty state-owned parking lots got her thinking. “Here’s this great walkable neighborhood… but here’s this sea of asphalt you… Read more

  • What people in Southeast Raleigh want to see

    August 15, 2019 by

    In opening the Southeast Raleigh Community Engagement session on Saturday morning, Carmen Wimberley Cauthen told the group of approximately 70 people at the Tarboro Road Community Center that it was an effort to have the people of Southeast Raleigh decide what they want to see, rather than someone deciding for them. Carmen organized the event with… Read more

  • The Raleighites Agenda: Your questions for your Raleigh city council candidates

    August 2, 2019 by

    Updated: scroll down for the questionnaire sent to candidates. Raleighites will soon decide who will represent us on the Raleigh City Council. Instead of traditional campaign reporting, or horse-race type elections coverage, the Raleigh Convergence will be adopting a Raleighites Agenda approach. With the Raleighites Agenda, you decide the questions the Raleigh Convergence will send… Read more

  • How to vote in Raleigh on Oct. 8

    October 7, 2019 by

    Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2019) is Election Day! Local elections tend to have a lower turnout than national elections, but city and town councils make decisions that shape your everyday life, from what gets built around the corner from where you live to the sidewalks, bike lanes and roads we use.   Here’s how to cast your vote. … Read more

  • Zainab Baloch: Mayoral candidate questionnaire answers

    September 18, 2019 by

    Read below for mayoral candidate Zainab Baloch’s answers to the Raleighites Agenda. See all the available mayoral candidates answers here. The Raleighites Agenda, a community-powered questionnaire, includes questions from Raleigh residents. For more details on the process, visit this post. QUESTION 1: For at-large and mayoral candidates: What is your vision for the future of the… Read more

  • Candidates for Raleigh mayor answer your questions

    September 18, 2019 by

    Raleigh candidates for mayor answered questions sent in by Raleigh Convergence readers, the Raleighites Agenda. You can read their answers by candidate (linked in the list) or keep scrolling for the candidates’ responses organized by question. RALEIGH MAYORAL CANDIDATES  (name & campaign site: link to questionnaire answers) Mary-Ann Baldwin: See her answers here. Zainab Baloch:… Read more

  • Mary-Ann Baldwin: mayoral candidate questionnaire answers

    September 18, 2019 by

    Read below for mayoral candidate Mary-Ann Baldwin’s answers to the Raleighites Agenda. See all the available mayoral candidates answers here. The Raleighites Agenda, a community-powered questionnaire, includes questions from Raleigh residents. For more details on the process, visit this post. QUESTION 1: For at-large and mayoral candidates: What is your vision for the future of the… Read more

  • Caroline Sullivan: mayoral candidate questionnaire answers

    September 18, 2019 by

    Read below for mayoral candidate Caroline Sullivan’s answers to the Raleighites Agenda. See all the available mayoral candidates answers here. The Raleighites Agenda, a community-powered questionnaire, includes questions from Raleigh residents. For more details on the process, visit this post. QUESTION 1: For at-large and mayoral candidates: What is your vision for the future of the… Read more

  • Justin Sutton: mayoral candidate questionnaire answers

    September 18, 2019 by

    Read below for mayoral candidate Justin Sutton’s answers to the Raleighites Agenda. See all the available mayoral candidates answers here. The Raleighites Agenda, a community-powered questionnaire, includes questions from Raleigh residents. For more details on the process, visit this post. QUESTION 1: For at-large and mayoral candidates: What is your vision for the future of the… Read more

  • George Knott: mayoral candidate questionnaire answers

    September 18, 2019 by

    Read below for mayoral candidate George Knott’s answers to the Raleighites Agenda. See all the available mayoral candidates answers here. The Raleighites Agenda, a community-powered questionnaire, includes questions from Raleigh residents. For more details on the process, visit this post. QUESTION 1: For at-large and mayoral candidates: What is your vision for the future of the… Read more

  • Raleighites Agenda: At-large candidates’ responses

    September 18, 2019 by

    Here are the at-large candidates for Raleigh city council. Read their responses to the community-submitted questionnaire, the Raleighites Agenda. Click on the questionnaire links for individual responses or keep scrolling for the answers organized by question. RALEIGH AT-LARGE CANDIDATES (Names are linked to campaign sites for more info) James Garland Bledsoe: See his answers here… Read more

  • Jonathan Melton: at-large candidate questionnaire answers

    September 18, 2019 by

    Read below for at-large Raleigh City Council candidate Jonathan Melton’s answers to the Raleighites Agenda. See the at-large candidates’ answers here. The Raleighites Agenda, a community-powered questionnaire, includes questions from Raleigh residents. For more details on the process, visit this post. QUESTION 1: For at-large and mayoral candidates: What is your vision for the future… Read more

  • Portia W. Rochelle: At-large candidate questionnaire answers

    September 18, 2019 by

    Read below for at-large Raleigh City Council candidate Dr. Portia Rochelle’s answers to the Raleighites Agenda. See the at-large candidates’ answers here. The Raleighites Agenda, a community-powered questionnaire, includes questions from Raleigh residents. For more questions on the process, visit this post. QUESTION 1: For at-large and mayoral candidates: What is your vision for the future… Read more

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