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 In the News, April 24, 2017 

Fayetteville Among U.S. Cities Taking Smart Approach to Stormwater When a hard rain falls on a city, it can turn quickly into an ecological disaster. Fayetteville is among five cities cited by Politico.com as taking innovative steps to follow nature’s modeling in dealing with the effects of a heavy rain.

The first Tiny House NC Street Festival held in Pink Hill. While some people dream of living in large houses with plenty of space, others are spreading information about how to make less, more. The Tiny House NC Street Festival was held in Pink Hill Saturday. Festival organizer, Andrew Odom, says he and his wife started planning the event last fall as they reflected on the two years they spent living in a tiny house around 2009. Odom says people traveled from across the state and country to see all of the alternative housing options on display and ask questions about pricing, features and functionality.

What should Raleigh’s brand be? Raleigh’s city leaders are working to rebrand the City of Oaks. The city has hired a company from Oklahoma called Cubic to come in, question residents and city workers, and sum up what makes the city great. What city leaders are learning is that Raleigh has a very diverse mix of residents. That means the Raleigh experience is different for everyone. Raleigh, long known as the City of Oaks, is morphing and adapting with every new resident that moves here.

Fayetteville Technical Community College students give downtown Fayetteville a makeover. Dozens of horticulture students swarmed downtown Tuesday morning. “We’re fancying the place up a bit,” said 23-year-old Gina Colantuono, a first-year horticulture science student at FTCC. “This is our home. This is an opportunity to make downtown dope.” The city largely takes responsibility for the plants inside them, but welcomes volunteers. This, however, is the first time the city called upon students from Fayetteville Tech.

City council to vote on $1.4M operations center at airport. The fifth-busiest airport in the nation could soon have more resources to keep passengers safe. Charlotte city leaders will vote next week on whether to spend $1.4 million to design a joint operations center at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. “I think it is a great move on their part,” Walter Kimble, a local security expert who worked in a joint operations center before, said. “It is very proactive.”