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    Vote for Transit

    Everyday Wake County is growing by 64 people and the majority of those people are choosing to live and work in Raleigh. That influx of people is changing our city and that change is being seen and felt every day. Thus, our city has some big questions we need to answer: What does the future of transportation look like? If we do not act now, we will become Atlanta or LA, cites that are known for horrible traffic?   We need to start preparing for tomorrow by building a modern public transportation system today. This will reduce commute times and congestion on our roads, which will grow our economy and provide better options for all citizens. But new infrastructure takes time and capital.   Over the last several years mayors, citizens, university leaders, business owners and more have been gathering to discuss what our future transportation could look like. It’s a conversation I have been proud to take part in and one that I believe is crucial for our city. That’s why on election day, I am asking you to join me in voting to approve a half-cent sales tax referendum to fund transportation system and transit expansion.   Here is what the plan will do: Triple bus service in just the first few years, connecting every town in the county.  Build a frequent “Bus Rapid Transit” network in high-traffic areas that will incorporate dedicated bus lanes, level boarding platforms, and other enhanced features that improve the speed and quality of service. Create a new commuter rail line that will efficiently utilize pre-existing tracks to provide a backbone of passenger train service across the county, enabling people to completely avoid daily road traffic congestion. Learn more at http://www.movingwakeforward.com/   Please remember to join me in November and vote to move our county and city forward by funding this needed infrastructure.
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    Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Development

    A few weeks ago, we held Raleigh’s first major event in Dorothea Dix Park. This is the just the start of amazing things to come for our city and this park. When I think about the great cities I have visited, they often have a large scale park that helps define them – Central Park in New York City, Boston Common in Boston and Grant Park in Chicago. Raleigh’s will be Dix Park, and it will become part of the fabric of our city and define us. That park will be managed by our city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. This is one of those departments that if you are not taking full advantage of their offerings, you are definitely missing out. We only have a few weeks of summer vacation left before school starts back, and it’s not too late to enjoy what Raleigh has to offer.  Here are just a few examples: -Let the kids play youth football! Children ages 7-13 are invited to play in a youth tackle football league. Register before August 31st.   http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/news/content/CorNews/Articles/PRecAthletics.html  -Experience nature in our city’s parks! There are a variety of evening programs that showcase nature. Adventures include family nature night at Laurel Hills Park, learn about our birds while building a bird house, and learn about protecting our planet. http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/news/content/CorNews/Articles/PRecNatureProgramsAugust2016.html -Do some yoga in the park! Yoga and other fitness activities in the big field at Dix Park.  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NCRALEIGH/bulletins/158d32b -Take advantage of the arts! From pottery classes and outdoor movies to featuring arts – our city has it all. https://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/Arts/Articles/RaleighArts.html  These are just some of the many ways you can take part in the fantastic opportunities from our Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. They are a great way to enjoy our city, stay active and learn something new. This month at the District E Alliance the topic will also be Parks and Rec. RSVP to attend here:  http://www.bonnergaylord.com/aug_dena
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