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Tickets on sale now for Converging Stories: Distance + Exploration

Tickets are on sale now for our first back-in-person Converging Stories since our launch in February 2020! 🎙️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. Our next theme is Distance and Exploration. 🗓️ When: 7 p.m.…

3 Raleigh Police Chief candidates announced; how to hear from them Thursday

The top three candidates to lead the Raleigh Police Department were announced Wednesday. The candidates will participate in a virtual candidates forum at 6 p.m. Thursday. View the forum on the City of Raleigh YouTube channel, raleighnc.gov, or RTN TV11. Spanish interpretation available here. Questions from the public were received in advance. (Sign up for our newsletter…

Boxyard RTP opens this weekend with Lawrence Barbecue and more

Research Triangle Park may first bring to mind employers such as Lenovo, GlaxoSmithKline or Cisco (and soon, Apple). But Boxyard RTP aims to bring people west of Raleigh to to eat, drink, shop and experience. The “cargotecture” development focuses on small businesses. Some announced small businesses that will have homes in Boxyard RTP are expansions…

See inside Chavis Park renovations

The community will soon be able to enjoy the renovations at the historic John Chavis Memorial Park. Those renovations include a new community center, large plaza with a water feature, a playground and event spaces. Read on to learn about the rich history of the park and new functions for the future. Historic significance Built…

Learn about composting with us!

Curious about composting? In our Converging Topics survey on Climate Change + Sustainability, a top area of interest is learning more about sustainable living, such as composting. So, we’re co-hosting a virtual lunchtime event on Monday, June 21, with Raleigh-based CompostNow.  Kat Nigro, VP of Experience for CompostNow, will share a short how-to on composting…

Explore Raleigh’s Black Main Street history with new murals

Once, East Hargett Street was the hub of Black life in Raleigh. The segment between Moore Square and Fayetteville Street was known as Raleigh’s Black Main Street, and Black-owned businesses thrived in the 1910s-1960s. The businesses included a pharmacy, restaurant, newspaper, hotel and other community gathering spots. While much of this history isn’t visible now,…

Changes in Raleigh’s next city budget, and how you can have input

The City of Raleigh is deciding how to spend public funds for the next year that begins July 1, and you can have input. City Manager Marchell Adams-David presented the $1.07 billion-dollar proposed budget at Tuesday’s Raleigh City Council meeting. A public hearing is scheduled for June 1 (how to sign up). Here are some…

Converging Stories will be in person for July 12!

We are thrilled to announce that our live storytelling series is scheduled to be in person on July 12 at Transfer Co. Ballroom! Our first event sold out the Transfer Co. Work Hall in February 2020. Then, the pandemic. The four events since have been virtual. The July 12th in-person event will be themed Distance…

Raleigh Convergence is free. Producing it is not. We need your help.

I need to be honest with you about Raleigh Convergence’s future. I want to be transparent about where we are now and what role you, the community member reading this, play going forward.  You probably know that the news industry is struggling. In Wake County, we’ve lost eight weekly hyperlocal news weeklies since 2004, according…

Map Raleigh’s urban heat to help neighbors now and as climate changes

The City of Raleigh, state and local partners will map the hottest parts of the city — and you can help. The work will help vulnerable communities avoid heat-related illness and death. Those concerns are heightened with climate change. The project, ongoing in 11 other states, will work with volunteers to help map areas that…

Now seeking storytellers on theme of Distance and Exploration for Converging Stories

Updated: The storytellers call is extended to May 16 for our now July 12th event! This event will be in person. [learn more] Converging Stories, Raleigh’s live community storytelling series, is looking for storytellers for our July 12 event! (previously announced as June 7) Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which community…

Here’s what is in Raleigh’s community climate action plan

In March of this year, the City of Raleigh released its first community-wide action plan. The goal of Raleigh Community Climate Action Plan? Reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. While the document itself is 120+ pages, this primer serves as an entry point to learning what’s being done locally about climate change,…

‘Our Reflective History’ will celebrate historic Black neighborhoods 

A walkable art installation, ‘Our Reflective History,’ will celebrate the history and people of the Rochester Heights and Biltmore Hills neighborhoods. Rochester Heights, a historic district, was built after World War II for Black families, and the streets are named after famous African Americans of that era, according to the Raleigh Historic Development Commission. There’s an event this…

Heights House: Raleigh’s newest boutique hotel keeps it historic and local

The Italiante-style mansion is a historic landmark, but the design-forward reimagining of former Montfort Hall is for a modern Raleigh. Renamed Heights House, the small boutique hotel includes nine guest rooms and event space for up to 120 guests will begin accepting reservations May 6. On the renovation: The 1858 mansion predates even its historic…

Meet our sales and membership specialist!

As we approach our second-year anniversary of Raleigh Convergence, we’re making big steps to create a business that is sustainable. That starts with people: Raleigh Convergence is working with Lee Pike to create a brand-new corporate membership. Lee is a Raleigh native who knows mission-driven organizations and marketing — plus, she’s a past storyteller for…

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…