I took off from the airport Monday morning and was reminded of why your nickname is “the City of Oaks.” Green was everywhere. Trees are the finery in which you choose to clothe yourself.
Thank you for creating such a beautiful space for your citizens and guests to enjoy.
Trees line your streets:
Trees give shelter and shade along your many running trails and in your beautiful parks:
Speaking of trees’ beauty, the art museum has fabulous grounds (and a running trail runs through it—the property, not the building).
Trees live at the heart of my favorite place to visit in Raleigh: NC State’s JC Raulston Arboretum.
So thank you, Raleigh, for the trees. I hope you’ll keep fighting the good fight with the state to turn the Dorothea Dix property into a city park. Your efforts make me love you even more.
One of your native daughters
PS – My new city is trying to win my heart, too. When I called to set up my utilities, they said I qualified for their tree program and could get up to 12 free shade trees. One whole dozen. So, Raleigh, you may need to step up your game and see if Duke Energy or one of the other utility companies would provide such a beautiful offer to your residents.