Raleigh City Council

Business & Economy
7:58 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Raleigh Considers Making Businesses Remove 'Ad Cars' From Roadside

Some businesses wrap a car in their advertising and park them by the road to double as a sign.
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The Raleigh Planning Commission wants to close a loophole in the city's sign ordinance. This morning, they'll present a proposal to the City Council that would force businesses to move vehicles emblazoned with company information away from the street.

The measure would require the vehicle to be parked behind the building or near the entrance to the business.

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Business & Economy
5:09 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Got Garbage? Raleigh Might Consider "Pay As You Throw"

A worker leaves his break chair to direct traffic atop the South Wake Landfill in Apex.
Credit Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

The Raleigh City Council wants to reduce the amount of garbage it sends to a landfill in Southern Wake County.

Raleigh pays about $33 for each ton of garbage it buries, but the city can make $30 on each ton it recycles. This morning, Raleigh's Solid waste director is presenting a list of options to increase recycling. One company in town, WasteZero, says it has the best option.

Packing The Trash Into The Landfill: How Trash Is Handled Now

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Social Justice Groups Ask HUD To Reject Raleigh Housing Plan

Fair housing activists are asking the US Department of Housing and Urban Planning to reject Raleigh's plan to sell off 175 public housing units.
Credit US Department of Housing and Urban Planning

Several social justice groups are asking the federal government to reject a Raleigh Housing Authority plan that would sell off 175 public housing units.

Housing authority director Steve Beam has said the plan would save the city money, and that the current residents of the units would receive vouchers to subsidize their rent if they moved elsewhere.

But Bill Rowe of the N.C. Justice Center wrote to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and said this plan could result in further segregating Raleigh neighborhoods.

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Housing Projects
7:56 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Raleigh Housing Authority Wants To Remove Units From Public Housing Model

Raleigh officials have agreed to request federal approval to remove a housing project from the public housing model. It would allow renters not receiving assistance to help subsidize the property.
Credit City of Raleigh

Federal budget cuts are influencing changes to subsidized housing in Raleigh.

This week, the City Council approved a Raleigh Housing Authority plan that would change the units in the Capitol Park projects away from the public housing model. Housing Authority Director Steve Beam says he's now waiting for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to weigh in:

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Traffic
7:43 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Raleigh City Council Suggests Tolls To Pay For I-540 Expansion

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane worries growing traffic congestion on roadways in the Triangle will hurt the area's economic growth.
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Increasingly congested roadways are worrying officials in Raleigh.

The City Council has submitted a "wish list" of road improvement projects to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It includes a proposal to add lanes to I-540 on the north side of the city.

The council doesn't expect the state to fund the project, so it suggested paying for the 108 million-dollar expansion by setting up tolls on the roadway.

Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin says she knows tolls would not be popular, but she thinks breaking up traffic jams would be.

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Environment
3:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Raleigh Approves Funding For More Propane Police Cars

An older model Raleigh police car. The department is converting some of its cars to run on propane.
Credit Alberto Rodriguez via Creative Commons

The Raleigh Police Department is adding propane tanks to more of its patrol cars after a two-year test run. 

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Law
7:30 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Raleigh To Relax Ban On Food Distribution In Parks

Credit Dave DeWitt

A city council committee in Raleigh has agreed to review a ban on allowing food distribution in a downtown city park.

The council's Law and Public Safety Committee held a three-hour public hearing Wednesday to listen to residents who were angry about the ban.

It was enforced last weekend, when charitable and religious groups that normally distribute food in Moore Square were stopped by the police. They were following a 1998 ordinance preventing food distribution that officials had previously ignored.

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Tue August 27, 2013

The Plight Of The Impoverished In The Triangle

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Frank Stasio speaks with a panel about the plight of the impoverished in the Triangle.

Last weekend, Raleigh police stopped a charity organization from distributing food to the needy in downtown Raleigh. The action led to criticism from community groups.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

"Walk Raleigh" Campaign Gets Nod from City

In January 2012, Matt Tomasulo made nearly 30 "Walk Raleigh" signs and posted them at night.

The City of Raleigh has agreed to begin a pilot program to focus on the growing “Walk Raleigh” movement.

Leoneda Inge:  Yesterday, the Raleigh City Council “sanctioned” nearly 30 street signs secretly posted by Matt Tomasulo.  Tomasulo and his “Walk Raleigh” campaign was featured last month on a special segment aired on the BBC.

Matt Tomasulo:  The general idea is to help people discover how many minutes it is to walk somewhere by foot as opposed to how many miles it might be for somebody to drive.

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Politics & Government
5:15 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Raleigh Voters To Consider Bond Measures

Early voting for local elections starts in many communities today. In Raleigh, voters will pick a new mayor and members of the city council and school board. But they will also vote on two bond measures dedicated to housing and transportation.

The two bonds total $56 million dollars. Of that, about $40 million would go toward building bike lanes, greenways, and new sidewalks. It is the first bond ever proposed in Raleigh for these types of projects.

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