We had a work session and regular City Council meeting last Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Below is a summary.   At our work session, we received an update on the status of tourism, hospitality tax and hotels. Raleigh has seen an uptick in visitors and hospitality spending recently, but the activity has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels. Domestic leisure travel has mostly recovered this year but business travel isn’t expected to recover substantially until
We had City Council meetings last Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Below is a summary: 1. We extended emergency outdoor seating regulations to December 31, 2021 and continued $0 fees through the remainder of the fiscal year, June 30, 2022. Bars and restaurants will be able to continue to operate on sidewalks and in parklets/pedlets, which is a program we started in response to COVID-19. We are also working on rules to allow these uses to
I’m back! It’s been an eventful several months since I’ve written; Council was on summer break, and as most of you know, I also unfortunately contracted COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. I am recovered and feeling much better. Thank you to everyone who reached out with kind words and support. I’m thankful I got my vaccine and my case was mild.   I am motivated to do more to help others get vaccinated too, so
We had City Council meetings Tuesday May 18 and June 1. Of note, these meetings were our last regular virtual meetings, and we are returning to in-person meetings June 15! I am so excited to get back to the table. Below is a summary of our meetings. But first, I want to provide a brief update on buses.   Buses will remain fare free until at least July 2022. Regarding benches and shelters, staff has
We had Council Meetings Tuesday, April 20, and May 4. Below is a summary. 1. We took steps towards an upcoming bus rapid transit (BRT) route by endorsing South Wilmington Street extension as the preferred route alignment for the southern section of the Southern Corridor line. More details about this route here. I’ve written about BRT several times. In 2016, Wake County voters approved a transit-dedicated half-cent sales tax to expand and better connect public

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