Networking isn’t Sales

The goal of networking is to build relationships and facilitate connections between others. It is not to sell products or services.  Too often in my formal and informal networks, a coffee meetup suddenly turns into a sales pitch, a loose circle folks of is pushed into a sales funnel, or an online group is bombarded… Continue reading Networking isn’t Sales

The Case Against Major-League Sport Stadiums in Urban Areas

Before leaving Raleigh, a conversation emerged around bringing a major-league sports team to the capitol city. Several people–all men–thought a football or basketball stadium near the amphitheater would be THE BEST THING EVER. Let me tell you why it’s not: 1. Stadiums are dead zones. The NBA plays 41 home games per year, the MLB has… Continue reading The Case Against Major-League Sport Stadiums in Urban Areas

Uber Can Do Anything As Long As We Buy What They Sell

Uber is a private company. They set pricing, company values, and customer service. If a company run by a pretty awful bro turns a blind eye to assaults, has no respect for consumer privacy, and touts a price-gouging (dynamic) business model, then make the decision to not support them. Like every other private company, they will only be around as long… Continue reading Uber Can Do Anything As Long As We Buy What They Sell

Food Truck Proposal for Raleigh’s Moore Square

The City of Raleigh is spending $12 million to revamp Moore Square, one of two downtown green spaces. While the space needs an upfit to reflect the world-class status Raleigh is working towards, I believe there are smaller steps the city could take to attract crowds and increase revenue. Restaurants, shops, and a children's museum… Continue reading Food Truck Proposal for Raleigh’s Moore Square

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… Continue reading My NYE Wishes for Raleigh: A List

A Model for Sustainable & Affordable Housing

Architectural and design magazines and blogs feature more sustainable and green buildings daily and many of these projects come from other countries, in rural areas, for good cause, and very inexpensively. I came across this Training Center in Sumatra designed by TYIN Tegnestue to bring cinnamon farmers together for more education, to battle unfair business practices,… Continue reading A Model for Sustainable & Affordable Housing

Expansion in Downtown Raleigh

I didn't like downtown Raleigh when I moved here in 2009–I was working two jobs, the scene was small and close knit, and, being a government center, was dead past 5:30pm. After Raleigh Denim moved downtown in 2010 (I was working there at the time), I noticed that many storefronts were going under renovations and… Continue reading Expansion in Downtown Raleigh