Wow great stuff everyone!
I’m 27, was born at Wake Med, and raised in Wendell and Cary. Spent 5 years in Wilmington, one being in a 100+ year old house downtown. (Love downtown Wilmington). Upon moving back to Raleigh in 2014 I realized it was a different city than I remembered from 2009 and prior, and I began to discover all the events, parks, restaurants, etc. that make Raleigh vibrant and desirable.
I work in the family business of high end custom homes and understand a good deal about residential construction and costs. Outside of work I’m a musician and have been in various bands since I was 19. In DTR I’ve played most stages and festivals: [Pour House, Southland ballroom RIP, Imurj, Red Hat, Deep South RIP, brewgaloo, July 4th city plaza, cuegrass, Lincoln theatre, King’s] and as it follows I’m pretty concerned with live music culture and festivals.
More broadly, I am interested in how the built environment influences and nurtures community. It’s wild how people relate to buildings and spaces. Many musicians and artists struggle financially and need affordable services and housing to thrive in a city. More nuanced, they need spaces and businesses that fit their vibe to feel a sense of belonging. I think this is true for everyone - you gravitate to areas and businesses that reflect your beliefs and personal culture, and there you find community. So DTR needs to keep this in mind as we flesh out the built environment and replace the old for the new. Diversity in the built environment is important and I’ll always support developments that cater not only to multiple income levels, but also multiple “vibes”. Keep it interesting, Raleigh.