If theres not much activity there, we should find a way to modify our food truck approach to benefit from the activity a food truck can provide, he said. Races and roadblocks Raleigh leaders also will balance the benefits of road races with the hassles of street closures. Runners and spectators are generally a boon to businesses, but as the city tops 100 races per year, drivers and neighbors are increasingly fed up with weekend morning roadblocks. The tensions hit a new level last month when the Color Run prompted Oakwood residents cars to get towed, while others complained that the colorful starch thrown at runners ended up on their homes. While new rules and a 100-event annual cap was approved earlier this year, the road race policy will now get another look from city council. Baldwin says city staff members should oversee the permit process, which is currently handled by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. That could improve coordination and communication surrounding the events, she said. Diaz said hes happy to give up that role. We felt that we had all of the responsibility and none of the authority to manage city employees, he said. Feeding the hungry And while downtown is drawing runners and food truck fans, its still home to some of Raleighs neediest residents, which brings multiple groups to Moore Square each weekend to hand out food. The charities say they havent received the same welcome that road races and festivals get instead, they reported being threatened with arrest in August for violating city ordinances governing food distribution. That rule hadnt been enforced for years, but now future development plans are creating pressure to clean up the park. The charities, along with residents and business owners, will meet once more on Oct. 22 to finalize recommendations to the city council. Many of them have suggested that the city should provide the alternative site if Moore Square isnt an option.
Food trucks, road races among ‘growing pains’ for downtown Raleigh
This week, a mother called us about her child hospitalized with a Salmonella poisoning from his day care’s chicken lunch. The child’s condition was tenuous, with a blood infection, and treatment was especially challenging as the bacteria was antibiotic resistant. The mom turned to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, for information and help because key government’s public health agencies and websites are shut down. Does this have an impact on food safety? You betcha! Regardless of whether this illness is related to the outbreak linked to Foster Farms chickens , it illustrates that each case of illness is important to track, and protecting our families from unsafe food should be considered an essential function of government. When the shutdown began, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would have to halt most of its food safety activities, including routine inspections of food manufacturers and monitoring of imports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shuttered some of its key activities, including outbreak detection and infectious-disease surveillance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture kept its meat, poultry and egg inspectors on the job, but furloughed more than 1,200 other food safety workers.