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The Regressive City

Raleigh is growing. We all know that. Every day, someone moves here and our population goes up another notch on the counter. Which is great, but a growing population needs to be stimulated by appropriate housing, business, and entertainment.

With every new bit of technology that makes its way across the USA and into Raleigh, the city council seems to shy away, almost frightened, from it to the point of banning it outright before we can even implement rules for whatever it is here in the city. Take for example, the two pieces of tech that have come into the city. Bird/Lime scooters & the wayfinder kiosks. Bird/Lime's business model is to bring their product into a city before regulation can even occur, which leads to rules being setup after the product hits the streets. In some ugly cases, as the council tried to do, is outright ban the scooters because they want it that way, not because the people do. With the over regulation on small businesses and tech (mobile retail, food trucks, & scooters) we are setting a terrible image for how our city. Instead of letting the items exist, they wish to ban them outright until legislation can be passed. This is not how a progressing city handles business. From sidewalk usage to businesses to new technology, the council has a new ban or regulation for it every meeting.

Our current council has promised Affordable housing for years with little resolve as well as dragging their feet when it comes to ANY rezoning hearing. There is not a single reason that a single rezoning hearing should take a year or longer. Besides these issues, the council is an entire generation away from the average age of a Raleigh citizen. With many saying they don't see the social need or relevance of any item, they have proven that a social and age gap exists and needs to be closed and a younger council must take their place with the ability to accept new ideas and technology.

Raleigh will only stop growing if we continue down the path we are on, let us adapt!


Committee to Elect James Bledsoe
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