News travels fast. Here’s a quick round up of weekend links and a peek at the week ahead. 

Brian Deese, White House Director of the National Economic Council, shared a timely op/ed from Martin Luther King, III on the need for more affordable housing and teased the big Monday news drop from the White House (more on this to come soon from TBB!)

Want to know more? Check out this content from TBB contributor Stephen Whitlow:

Jenny Schuetz on America’s (and Chapel Hill’s) Housing Crisis

Chattin’ with developers (a quick note on affordability in Chapel Hill)

Have questions about coal ash? Tonight (5/16/22 6-7:30 PM), the Town of Chapel Hill is hosting a webinar with the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This is a great chance to have your questions and concerns addressed directly by experts! Find the meeting link and more information here: Public Information Meeting on Police Station Property with NC DEQ | Calendar | Town of Chapel Hill, NC

Want more info? Check out TBB contributor Geoff Green’s article The real story about coal ash

Want to be more involved with local politics but don’t know where to start? Try live-tweeting a council or commission meeting! Thanks to streaming meetings, you can even provide this important community service from the comfort of your home. Give it a try and and don’t forget to tag @triblogblog in your posts!

Need more inspiration or info? Check out Geoff Green’s “Points of Order” your one-stop-shop for local meeting agendas and summaries!

If you missed it, Martin Johnson live-blogged Carrboro’s most recent Town Council meeting. Catch up here: Liveblogging the Carrboro Town Council’s discussion of the Carrboro Comprehensive Plan (2022-2042) 

Martin also provided Three takeaways from Chapel Hill’s report on using expedited review to approve affordable housing

And for goodness sake, don’t forget to vote! Election day is May 17! Polls are open in Orange and Durham Counties from 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM.

Be sure to check out our endorsement guide and these TBB pieces from Melody Kramer on Carrboro’s town council primary before voting:

Five differences between Eliazar Posada and Aja Kelleher

Carrboro town council race: Aja Kelleher

Need more voter info?

Orange County Election Day Information

Durham County Election Day Information


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Caroline Dwyer, AICP (@plan_splaining) lives in Durham with her spouse, teen, and cat. Caroline earned her Master's Degree from UNC Chapel Hill's Department of City & Regional Planning in 2014 after...