What We’re Up Against
Raleigh is a fast-growing city, filled with a lot to be excited about. But the growth for its own sake is not a sustainable or desirable goal. The city’s leaders, planners, and businesses are responsible for laying out a vision for Raleigh that is sustainable, inclusive, and just. A vision for Raleigh that inspires and is inspired by those it affects.
A City For Everyone
Everyone in Raleigh has the right to afford living here. Raleigh has a lot to offer: closeness to world-class universities and creative and talented people; this is something businesses and investors are well aware of, hence the increased economic activity in the city in recent years. Yet unchecked growth has been coming at the cost of the citizens who make Raleigh the great city it is. Housing and rental prices are rising, salaries are standing still, and just recently it was revealed that 57% of all real estate was sold to institutional investors, not to the citizens of Raleigh themselves.
Push for better tax credits for housing for prospective home buyers and mixed-income housing for renters in the Raleigh area.
Ensuring a living wage from employers and the City of Raleigh. A raising of the minimum wage to address the higher cost of living.
Revitalization of the Raleigh’s bus services by adding more buses and decreasing travel time
A Safe City
Diversity has always been one of Raleigh’s greatest strengths. We see diversity in the various industries, people groups, and attractions in our city. We must continually nurture community relations so that all groups are welcome and feel welcome at the table as stakeholders.There is no denying the horrifying polarization and segregation occurring in our country. I believe that this must be addressed on every level, starting with local politics. Communities that work together and that are considered safe attract newcomers, new businesses, and build community bonds that impact future generations. More thoughtful community partnerships and initiatives, and professional development to support public servants, can address the concerns surrounding community relations and community safety.
Build thoughtful community partnerships and initiatives and professional development to support public servants and address the concerns surrounding community relations and community safety.
Leverage the School Resource Officer position to create culture and climate training.
Engage Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles which are designed to prevent crime by designing spaces which make crimes difficult to commit.
A Healthy City
Southern city charm lies in a balance between vibrant, mixed-use areas and the sort of “slow living” that emphasizes hospitality and concern for one another’s well-being. We should continue to create this culture in Raleigh, and make sure that the lives of those who live in Raleigh are happier and healthier because they live in Raleigh. Better infrastructure inculcates better citizenry, and better citizenry leads to more people of Raleigh to stay and work in Raleigh.
More free green spaces, playgrounds, and fitness facilities designed for both children and adults.
Improve/access greenways and pedestrian walkways, and make sure they are safe and well-lit.
Subsidize organized sports fees for low-income families.
Make Raleigh greener, happier, and healthier by adding recreational public spaces.
Let’s Achieve A Better Raleigh
No one candidate running for office will have all the right answers or solutions for the challenges we’re facing, myself included. What’s important is that we recognize that we all want to do better for ourselves, for each other, and for posterity. Letting ourselves envision a better future, and to always be in service of that collective dream is a beautifully unifying cause — one that I will take up as long as I’m able to serve the people of Raleigh.