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Matt Lail
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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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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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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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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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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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