Tomorrow, the Chapel Hill Town Council will formally choose a pilot project for the Complete Communities planning exercise they’ve been conducting and, separately, make a decision on the future of the American Legion site. Why aren’t we talking about these two decisions together? About Complete Communities For those who haven’t been paying close attention, Complete […]
Eat Pray Love Greenway: An update on the Complete Communities process
Greenways. That’s the answer to Chapel Hill’s problems, according to Jennifer Keesmaat, who is heading the Complete Communities project for the Town of Chapel Hill. In a 45-minute (or so) presentation on Thursday, August 18, Keesmaat and her team, with Rod Steven pinch hitting during the Q&A, presented an update on the Complete Communities process […]
Complete Communities require dense housing – is that the rub?
Usual suspects suspect unusual suspects will yield unexpected results
Complete Communities, Dissenting Council Members
If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another planning process to begin in Chapel Hill. This week, Jennifer Keesmaat, former mayoral candidate and chief Planner of the City of Toronto, Canada (population 2.8 million), kicked off her Connecting Communities planning initiative for the Town of Chapel Hill (population .061 million).
Why connected roads make communities safer and better
The way we have been designing our streets and neighborhoods have actually made our streets more dangerous. Let’s go back a bit: Starting in the 1930s, suburban design in the United States has been heavily influenced by the Radburn Idea, which originates from a planned suburban community with the same name in North Jersey. Radburn […]
What should Chapel Hill’s gateway developments look like?
Whether you drive into Chapel Hill several times a week, or only occasionally, you probably associate your arrival with a landmark building. If you’re coming from Durham on 15-501, you might look for the Blue Cross Blue Shield building, which is now called The Parkline. If you’re driving in from Pittsboro, it might be the […]