15 minutes Jane Peller Truman

In the #ralpol world, they seem to be doing everything a little bit – from running for the District D appointment to the City Council, until recently being appointed to the Raleigh Transit Authority.

I would like to express my sincere condolences to many people for their involvement in Raleigh politics, because I think a lot of people in the city take care of themselves. The fact is, if you do not speak, things will remain the same. Many of my jobs at the architecture company are in line with city regulations, so I work with the code every day and know how it affects small businesses.

As a millennium, where do you fall into the debate over Raleigh’s future?

I am a supporter of our city because the opposite is not economically good for anyone. When cities are declining, people are in a worse position to lose their jobs or their homes. In particular, I am growing in a way that allows us to think differently about our future. It’s better to live in a dense society that is moving for our environment, our environment and our health, so I’m always saying we need to be more dense and more moving because those are the goals I think we want in the millennium. Living, how we want to work.

Urban farming also goes in because overeating is healthy for your body.

In fact, you are trying to put all the elements of your life into one small area. I’m a local so you always see me playing #fans. Local businesses, local food and how we interact with those things, where to go from our work, home and grocery shopping – these are basic needs. If we meet those needs in a climate-friendly and neighborly and fun or healthy way — like riding a bike in those places — then we have created a better city. And it is important to think that all places in the city can do those things.

Then you can start influencing the climate, but it starts with being high-environmental.

You have a beautiful universal way of thinking about these things.

As a designer, when we consider the complexities of the surrounding infrastructure and systems, there is no single solution that can work to address Rale’s issues. These are really big problems – we’re talking about growth and decency, we’re talking about climate change – we’re here because of a lot of different, different decisions, and it takes a lot to get out of here.

Some solutions are simple, complete as a family division, but some are more complex than our goals in reducing our carbon footprint and supporting affordable housing.

What do you like most about living in Raleigh right now?

This city has a great balance. Now I can ride my bike with my kids south of downtown and go to the park, go to the pool, get food — it’s a good, family-centered, balanced way of life. For me, it’s always about having that wonderful family life where you work and play in a car-free way.

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