Inside the September 2032 Issue

In honor of WALTER’s 10-year anniversary, here’s a look at the headlines we just might see in the magazine a decade from now…
by Seth Crossno | illustration by Jillian Ohl

View from the Top

Scenes of our ever-changing skyline, photographed on an evening cable-car ride from downtown to Dorothea Dix Park.

Celebrating the Big Four

After conference realignments jeopardized college athletics in the early 2020s, four universities — North Carolina State, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest — created a tournament with true local support. A look at this tradition in the making.

Meet RAL – E

Newly installed at Pullen Park, the city’s first Public Parkbot is pushing kids on swings, wiping noses and fetch- ing Loco-Pops — much to the relief of parents. Here’s what we can expect from this friendly, artificial intelligence-powered robot.

Under the Sea-Board

When American Aquarium joined forces with the Save Seaboard Station movement back in 2022, few could have imagined that the former train depot would be transformed into this stunning music venue.

Peacing it Together

The Peace Street Bridge has withstood more than a million truck crashes — now, a Raleigh engineer has harnessed its remarkable power to build disaster-proof homes across the state.

Beyond the Beyond

This virtual reality photo essay offers a tour of I-640, the skyway commonly known as the “Outer, Outer, Outer Beltline.” Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Wheel of Fortune

Marking the success of the downtown social district, a ferris wheel — once only erected for Artsplosure’s annual Acorn Drop — is now permanently open at the south end of the Fayetteville Street Pedestrian Plaza.

Nice Shot!

The recently renovated Lonnie Poole Disc Golf Course includes beautifully landscaped fescue, basket trays with gold-plated chains and sparkling water fountains along its 18-hole course.

Sky’s the Limit

From his office in the penthouse of Pendo’s new, 200-story headquarters, CEO Todd Olson talks about their recent acquisitions of Amazon, Apple and Alphabet — and what’s next for this homegrown tech company.

The Whirl: Red Carpet Edition

Stars descended upon Raleighwood — the renamed stretch of Glenwood that boasts dozens of independent movie theaters — for screenings, workshops and panels during the fifth annual RialtoDeBose Film Festival.

This article originally appeared in the September 2022 issue of WALTER magazine.