Matt Tomasulo is a get-it-done sort of guy, having once built a business on the idea of helping people walk around the Capital City. In 2013, he created Walk Your City by putting signs in areas where he thought people might like to walk to sites (if they knew the mileage and directions) instead of driving. It’s now a national business.
After a good but unsuccessful run for the Raleigh City Council, Tomasulo now is a member of the city’s Planning Commission, and he’s again putting his energies to imaginative use. To celebrate the city’s acquisition of the Dorothea Dix property for a park, Tomasulo and some other folks went to the 308-acre property near downtown to create trails with pink flags. There were enough of them, he said, to have one for every 100 residents of Raleigh.
The idea was to generate interest in Dix, to have people go to the park-to-be to look around, in hopes they might share their ideas with council members and others who’ll be involved with details of determining exactly what to do with the park. The process is ongoing, but residents who have ideas – whether carousels, picnic areas, entertainment venues, gardens and other features – need to get them in front of the council and planning commission members.
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Tomasulo is one of the city’s upcoming leaders. This is another good idea on his part, and one that most importantly welcomes input from all residents. If you don’t speak up, you can’t be heard.