Skip to main content

Remembering when Raleigh was just Raleigh

You use to be able to wonder down Hillsborough St. and be alone. College students were in class and everyone else was at work. This was when you could see pass the hustle and bustle of every traffic and enjoy the charm of a the big city with a small town personality. 
There was a calm in the air down town on spring or fall days that smelt like fresh dew drops with the occasional whiff of a Hot dog stand.  If you sat there long enough some talented musician would  come along and play while a few state workers or down town lawyers pass by for lunch. Everyone giving that customary nod, wink, or smile just to say hello, that’s they way it use to be....


Long gone are the days when you could hear the saxophone humming between the not so tall buildings on Fayetteville street that was a mall, that is now a street again. Now its filled with construction noises and people in a hurry to get wherever they have to be. No doubt that it is one of the many modern restaurants or trendy boutiques that have replaces the old establishments pharmacies or mom and pops.


I don't see down town on days like this any more.



I still come Downtown but when everyone else comes, for Artsplosure or Raleigh Wide Open. I show up for any of the Spark-on events and Moore Square. The kids love the Marbles Museum, Internal Festivals and the Christmas parade. I have to admit I enjoy the events as well. I more so like the Bikefest or the CaribMask. I can't deny I have been in congestion of New years night and made at least one attempt to do 4th July here.





But I don't get to see this down town any more.
 The quiet southern how you doing, have a good day with a head nod and a smile. The City where you couldn't meet a stranger because we all knew each other.
 Down town Raleigh I use to know. Its a different vibe now...


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Best Summer Activities for Raleigh Residents and neighbors

ALL SUMMER 2016  will have the best of the best family friendly events for cultural experience

August is fast Approaching and so are the Annual event  that take place right on Fayetteville street mall and other area locations, SO I am sure you have your Favorites and so do I. Let see if i can give you a few undiscovered treats.

August begins with a Bang !!


Date: August 6th 2016 The 5th Annual Jamaican Pride Picnic
Location: Spring Forest Road Park
Cost: Free to attend  but be prepared to pay for food



Date: August 13th 2016  A newbie this year
The Sister Summit
Location: Raleigh Conventions Center
Cost: Friday Boot Camp for entrepreneurs is $25. 
The Saturday seminars are a part of the expo and is included in the cost of the $15 admission.




Date: August 27, 2016 CARIBMASK
Location: fayetteville street downtown raleigh
Cost: Free to attend 









Date Sept 3rd and 4th 2016 African American festival 




Pan Am Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race

Triangle International Titans. Your Hometown team.
Hello Team, Everyone that wasn't out of town came out strong on this past Saturday. It was great to see everyone! 
PRACTICES: All practices are closed; however, the Raleigh Dragon Boat Association (RDBA) has generously offered our team the opportunity to sign up for any already scheduled practice. This is really a great opportunity. Please sign up to one of the practices on meetuphttp://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Dragon-Boat-Club/ and go to practice so that one of RDBA captains can work with you on your position in the boat. Once they work with you, they will tell you your strongest position so that we can assign you to a seat in the boat for the race. Please don't delay! Get your assignment as soon as you can.



T-SHIRTS: Our team member Annie has designed a t-shirt for purchase on Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.com/collections/triangle_international_titans-119393403790231089












If you do not purchase a t-shirt, the suggested shirt color …

Town of Cary Hosted Diversity Summit

Diversity Summit
We all had the same look of confused amazement when told that Town of Cary would be hosting a conversation of this nature. I admit I too was optimistically cautious. This Diversity summit was held in the Cary Arts Center, a beautiful location. They had 3 separate panels to discuss Diversity in Church, Community and Corporate America.

The Martin Luther King Jr. quote : "it is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning." was the inspiration for the first panel. This was a fitting way to start the discussion on such a still touchy topic. The panelist were composed of 5 of the largest and most noticeable church leaders in The triangle area. 


Each pastor has a unique perspective on Diversity in church and why more church are not diverse. 2 of the panelist Pastor Benji and Pastor Lewis both stated that their churches were at least 40% non white. While Pastor Andy could boost that he had the most watch churc…