Archive for the ‘DDNA’ Category

Two Milestones for Tryon Road at City Council

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Tryon Road (SR 1009), between Lake Wheeler Road and US 70-401, is in desperate need of repair, widening, and realignment, to better serve the south west Raleigh community. In 2010 several groups in south west Raleigh have worked diligently in advocating for road updates, improvements and ultimately the realignment of Tryon Road and the replacement of Bridge 259. Advocates have been in front of the city council numerous times and several councilors and city staff have supported our efforts with a tremendous response to the needs in our community.

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

Tryon Road project, courtesy, Anthony McLeod

The next City Council meeting planned for January 4, 2011 contains (more…)

‘Tis the Season for …. 13 tips

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

’tis the season….Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, New Years, birthdays, traveling, visitors, break-ins…

Yep, I said it.  The B word.  BREAK-INS.

Unfortunately this is the time of year that as many of us prepare for Christmas, traveling, celebrating with family and friends, someone else is preparing to make our holiday one we won’t forget.

There are times you can do everything right and someone will still break into your house.  However, there are many things that you can do that will make a potential burglar think twice and possibly even deter them.  Here are a few tips as we get ready to say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011: (more…)

SWCAC Looking to 2011

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The SouthWest Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) starting looking forward to 2011, eyeing goals for the new year, at their monthly meeting on Monday, December 13, 2010. This month, we hosted our friends from the West CAC to discuss items of interest to both groups. The agenda included the usual parks report and Raleigh Police Department (RPD) call log with joint CAC items for boundary discussions and rezoning case Z-1-11.

Toward the end of the meeting, SWCAC attendees discussed goals for 2011 that included an awareness campaign to target neighborhoods currently not active in the CAC and getting more businesses involved with the CAC. More details on this a little later. About 25 residents from both the West CAC and SWCAC gathered to discuss the topics. (more…)

DDNA November Meeting (Notes)

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

The District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA), a group of neighborhood leaders passionate about their neighborhoods and Raleigh, had their final meeting of the year on November 20, 2010 at the Renaissance Park clubhouse. The group meets on the third Saturday of each month and will not host a meeting in December. Today’s meeting was a time for the group to reflect on the past year, enjoy a potluck breakfast, and generate some ideas for future meeting topics.

There was a special guest that joined the DDNA today, (more…)

Drug Violations Considered for PROP Amendment

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Back in 2008, Raleigh City Council strengthened the PROP (Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit) by adding in a variety of criminal elements that would result in a strike against the property / landlord. Those elements included: prostitution, possession of stolen goods violations of certain state alcohol and liquor regulations, unlawful weapons, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, gaming violations; and, disorderly conduct.

In October, the City Council started exploring adding drug violations to the list of criminal elements of the PROP. This would further strengthen the PROP and help ensure that landlords are getting quality tenants on their property. I am uncertain at this time if the drug violations would require a conviction before (more…)

Raleighwood sign lights up Hillsborough Street

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Found this great post over on Goodnight Raleigh! I think it’s great and wouldn’t mind if something like this had a permanent home in our city.

“A few months ago, some 1920s-era storefronts and an old rental house across from Cup-a-Joe on Hillsborough Street were knocked down. In their place, a gigantic mound of dirt was left. It’s been the subject of speculation amongst passersby and coffee shop patrons, but I don’t think anything has been publicly stated outlining exactly what the miniature mountain is all about.

When driving by last night, I noticed…”

Raleighwood

Read the entire entry on Goodnight Raleigh: ‘Raleighwood’ Sign Appears on Hillsborough Street

Streetscape Gets Green Light from Council

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Over the past few months, the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) had representatives from OBS Landscape Architects present at our meetings. They were there to gather input, feedback, and show us the ideas for streetscape projects on Fayetteville Street and Wilmington Street. We even got some of the business owners involved.

The streetscape concepts were (more…)

Sick of the Signs, but I Cast my Vote

Monday, November 1st, 2010

First of all, if you don’t read anything else on this post, read this: exercise your right to vote. Get out and vote if you haven’t already. You probably work hard for a living and may not have time to pay attention to all the drama that is our political scene. To be honest, I pay attention–most of the time. I have a family, a full time job, a full time volunteer effort, and I’m training for my first marathon. I’m busy. But I’m casting my vote on November 2. You should too–because there is a lot at stake.

Now to a rant that’s been bothering me. Maybe you feel the same way?

Political signs. They are everywhere and they are annoying.

This isn’t a rant about all the (more…)

Lake Johnson Master Plan to be Amended

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We previously posted about potential improvements to Athens Drive stadium and the Jaguar booster club gathering support from the public for those improvements to get on the right path. It’s no coincidence that a proposed multi-purpose facility at Lake Johnson Park is slotted for 2012 and the (some say overdue) need for stadium improvements are being brought to the forefront. The addition to Lake Johnson Park and the proposed stadium improvements seem like a win-win to me. In order for all these changes to happen, the park master plan needs to be updated.

I was excited to see the news below about the City of Raleigh approving the Lake Johnson contract to Szostak Design. You may recognize Szostak Design because of the proposed (more…)

Citizen Leader Shares 30 Year Legacy

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The City of Raleigh recently highlighted a community leader on raleighnc.gov that’s been on the front lines of activism for over 30 years. The goal: to make Raleigh better.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with this person in the Raleigh community for that last 8 years. I’ve been inspired by this person, I’ve learned from them, and I’ve helped them a time or two. Although she may not like to be recognized publicly too often, Mary Bell Pate deserves a chance to be highlighted as a successful citizen leader in Raleigh and share her wisdom with others. (more…)