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🌱 City Council Talks Housing Concerns + Reported Triangle Baby Boom


Better bundle up and take your vitamin C, because I feel like I can’t go a week without catching something. Nothing beats having a child in school who brings home everything under the sun. I hope you stay well. For now, I’ll be here, curled up in a blanket, bringing you everything you need to know in Raleigh, including:

  • Lunar New Year celebration organizer talks security in Raleigh
  • Something different, a water pong tournament in Apex
  • A local startup by NC State students

But first, today’s weather:

A shower and t-storm; breezy. High: 65 Low: 39.

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Here are the top stories in Raleigh today:

  1. Yesterday, the Raleigh City council held a public meeting to present and discuss the Dix Edge Area Study. The city council discussed the potential impacts of the park including gentrification of residential neighborhoods south of downtown and east of Dorothea Dix Park. The city is working to create more affordable housing by rezoning city-owned property for affordable housing, but neighbors in the area still worry they will be displaced as higher income households move to the area. In the report there are calls to create programs that would protect homeowners from predatory real estate practices. (abc11, CBS17) The council was also set to discuss the rezoning of the Mordecai on Clover townhomes near downtown, as the owners are requesting a zoning change that would allow them to build up to five stories tall. (WRAL)
  2. A report filed on Monday has determined that we are experiencing what they are calling the “Triangle Baby Boom.” According to WakeMed spokesperson, Kristin Kelly, there is “a new kindergarten class born within the WakeMed system every day.” Across WakeMed and UNC Health hospitals there was 8,911 and 11,937 babies born in 2020, based on the October to September fiscal year. The U.S. birth rate has dropped in recent years, but the Triangle still sees a growing number of babies being born. Kelly believes that the growth in births is related to the area attracting young professionals who are looking to grow and raise their families in the Triangle. (abc11)
  3. NC State is investigating the death of a student at Wood Hall on main campus. The student, identified as Adam Fawcett was a first-year undergraduate student in the College of Engineering. His death is currently being investigated as an unintended death that took place in his residence hall room. Campus Health Services held a drop-in counseling session on Monday night for those who knew Fawcett, and they plan to continue the sessions in the coming days. (CBS17, The Technician)
  4. A husband and wife were killed in a Monday house fire. The fire was reported around 5:15 p.m. on Castlebrook Drive. It took fire crews at least an hour to get under control, and they remained at the scene into the night as they continued to put out hot spots. The man, George Rizk was pronounced dead on Monday, and wife, Diana Rizk was taken to the hospital where she passed. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire which is still unknown at this time. (abc11, CBS17, FOX8, WRAL)
  5. After the death of 11 people on Saturday at a Lunar New Year celebration in southern California, Tho Nguyen, organizer of Raleigh’s Lunar New Year celebrations is discussing his reaction and the precautions taken in Raleigh. Nguyen said that preparations for this year’s celebration began in the summer of 2022, with the hiring of a security team. As he tries to process the events in Monterey Park, California, he says that he believes that more security will be necessary for future celebrations. (WRAL)

Today in Raleigh:

  • It’s National Irish Coffee Day and for me, if I’m looking for a boozy caffeinated treat, I’m heading to Bittersweet Raleigh!
  • “Saturday is the 22nd Annual African American Cultural Celebration, a statewide kickoff to Black History Month in Downtown Raleigh.” (Downtown Raleigh Instagram)
  • If you’re in need of a dress for a special occasion, but don’t want to pay the hefty price tag, an NC State duo has started Trenlend, where you can rent designer outfits. (The Technician)
  • Meet Boeing, the stray kitten found at RDU who is settling into live with his new owner, a TSA agent. (FOX8)

That’s it for today! I’ll see you back in your inbox tomorrow with a new update.

CJ Fullford

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