My NYE Wishes for Raleigh: A List


I think about Raleigh all the time. I want to make it better, I want to contribute, I want to provide services to encourage a thriving urban center. Here are some of my wishes for the New Year.

I wish for increased ridership on public transportation; dedicated bike lanes; attainable rents for startup businesses or discounted rents for the first 6 months; successful implementation of the Market and Exchange Plaza renovations; window displays in abandoned buildings; more interactive public art; a nighttime gathering space that isn’t centered around alcohol; cool playgrounds; politicians concerned with living wages, alternative transportation, and all things green; a great anchor tenant in 227 Fayetteville; a local grocer near my home; BIKE SHARING; a neighborhood cleanup; utilization of empty lots; shelters at bus stops–we’re bare to the elements; streets democratically oriented towards pedestrians and cyclists, not large personal vehicles with lonely riders; pedestrian scrambles on Fayetteville during the lunch rush; food trucks!; c’mon parklets!; affordable solutions for downtown living; Dorthea Dix to become a park; a bar in the basement of the Velvet Cloak; intersection repair, everywhere; mixed used buildings that haven’t been value engineered; a GOOD donut shop; light rail; and, as always, books, books, and more books.

Well, this list could go on but I’ve exhausted my supply for the night.

What do you want?

photo © Matt Robinson,

1 thought on “My NYE Wishes for Raleigh: A List”

  1. In addition to all of your lovely, wonderful ideas, I want for the stop lights to be synced, a REAL Raleigh bike co-op, a governor who’s truly concerned for the people’s well being (miss you Miss Perdue), an antique mall!, potholes on St Mary’s between Person and Hillsborough to be filled, a cozy, local bookshop/record shop/cafe all-in-one (I’m looking at you, Reader’s Corner), a permanent public market with local meats, produce, and food venders* (City Market would be a great place for this), a tea cafe (hey, not everyone drinks coffee)…are just a few things that immediately come to mind.



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