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For those of us of a certain, um, vintage, Alive After Five was just the best. Long before Fayetteville Street was actually a street, Alive After Five was one of the few reasons to actually venture to downtown Raleigh after closing time. On an outdoor stage on the north side of the old Raleigh Convention Center, regional and local bands (think Drifting Through, Breakfast Club, various beach music bands, etc.) would help get the weekend started with a free concert while we fought against the wind tunnel that was/is Fayetteville Street Mall.
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The Old North State has been taking a serious beating of late thanks to HB2 and its fallout. Whether you are for or against the bill, it's hard to argue against this: it's been a public relations AND a financial nightmare for...
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While Raleigh doesn't necessarily have a place where busloads of tourists hop off just to visit, it certainly stands to reason that any "institution" plays a vital role in not only a city's economy, but it's history and lifestyle.
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I recently came across Chaz Hutton's "Map of Every City" Project. His map is not "a map of a city in the literal sense. ... Rather it's a map of people's experiences of living in cities ..." In other words, he tried to take the everyday experiences that people have living in a city and map it out geographically.This got me thinking: how would I "map" Raleigh?

In short? I probably have some apologizin' to do.  

http://raleighphilosociety.blogspot.com/2016/02/mapping-my-city-raleigh.html
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Ha! Glad you think it's funny. (True, on the other hand ...) ;)
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Billy Graham wrote a couple of years ago that nothing "turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart." Makes sense.
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As you are considering your end-of-year giving, please consider donating to the City of Raleigh Museum. It is truly a city treasure dedicated to preserving the city's treasures.
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Y'all, I've been experiencing some #RaleighFOMO of late. Can you pull me off the ledge? http://bit.ly/26BvYVD  
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Taking that extra moment to actually use a pen -- even when your handwriting is as illegible as mine -- goes a long way in illustrating how good a job someone is doing.
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What is it about Raleigh that gives it an edge to other "hip" places? Jen Baker says it's the trees. "Love that when you fly in, or drive through, you can almost miss the city." 

Read more about Jen's thoughts on Raleigh's opportunities and challenges over at the Raleigh Philosophical Society. 
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If you still have some giving left to do, please consider donating to Start A Snowball. Build up the next generation of givers.
Please donate to Start A Snowball to help us create a generation of givers through encouraging kids to engage in philanthropy
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Somewhat lost in all the hubbub over a pretty lame (yet apparently effective) ad that portrayed Raleigh as "DrunkTown" was the fact that Raleigh even being described as "wild" and "out of control" shows just how far our fair little burg has come.
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This place is unreal. I must admit that I was skeptical about this particular brand of fusion, but Tio Chino not only makes it work, but it excels at it. The Kalbi braised short ribs were exceptional -- so ridiculously tender. I was, admittedly a little intimidated by the menu, but the staff were phenomenal. They helped me figure out the best things to suit my tastes -- and I didn't regret any of their recommendations. My only regret is that I live all the way on the other side of the country, and I don't get to SD very often. But next time I do, I will definitely be going back to Tio Chino.
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We can't say enough good things about how much our dogs love Cindy, Taylor and everyone else at Raleigh Pet Sitters. They are always on time to come take our dogs out and play with them, and the detailed information we get when we return is helpful and informative. We would recommend them to everyone!
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