About

We frequently write about Carrboro, Durham, and Chapel Hill on a variety of different platforms. This is our attempt to put everything in one place, so that ongoing musings about local governance, climate change, history, and our region are easier to follow.

Authors

David Anderson (@bjdickmayhew) is currently a middle age PhD student in Population Health Sciences. He lives with his family in Chapel Hill after moving here from Pittsburgh where he used his masters in public policy ineffectively for a decade.

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 relocating to the Triangle from Long Island, New York. Caroline is a practicing transit planner and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Planning Association’s Women & Planning Division, on Durham’s Cultural Advisory Board, and on Durham’s Public Art Committee.  Caroline likes to maximize her free time by knitting while also listening to non-fiction audio books or true crime podcasts. Double or nothing, baby. Note: As of August 2022, to avoid potential conflicts of interest with her current employer, Caroline is no longer authoring content related to the Town of Chapel Hill.

Geoff Green, AICP (@geoff_green) lives in Chapel Hill. In his day job he’s a practicing urban planner; in his spare time he rides his electric bike around town and advocates for improved facilities so that everyone can safely walk/roll and bike to destinations as part of everyday life. He very rarely posts about urban planning/transportation and related issues on his substack at Triangle Thoughts. He used to be on the board of NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro and sometimes attends their events.

Arleigh Greenwald is better known as Bike Shop Girl on the internet. (She also runs Chapel Hill Streets.) She is a new resident to Chapel Hill, NC where she moved after owning an electric and cargo bike in Denver, Colorado. By day, she works in product design and marketing for bike transportation experts, Tern Bicycles. By night, she is a safe streets advocate working globally on better e-bike adoption for families and businesses to #LeaveTheCarAtHome (when possible.)

Martin Johnson (@martinlj) lives in Chapel Hill. He teaches film studies courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his research interests include documentary, educational film, and local film. Like John, he serves on the board of NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro and the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill. He believes that walkable urbanism is the solution to our environmental and economic challenges.

Melody Kramer (@mkramer) serves on the OWASA board and lives in Carrboro with her family. By day, she leads communications for a large academic research center. By night, she’s in the midst of obtaining an MLIS degree. She generally writes about journalism, archival research, and things she finds interesting.  A long time ago, she wrote jokes for a living, received a Peabody Award, and was called the Most Popular Person at Fresh Air.

Chuck Mills serves on the Chapel Hill Planning Board and on the board of the Community Home Trust. He served as the Kitchen Manager at Elmo’s until it shut down during the pandemic and now works at Harris Teeter.

Theodore Nollert is a PhD student at UNC-CH in the English and Comparative Literature Department. He is also the President of the UNC Graduate and Professional Student Government.

Kyle Onda (@adnosk) lives in Carrboro, and is an Associate Director of the Center for Geospatial Solutions at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He is a PhD Candidate in City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studies the political economy of urban water services reforms.

Cristóbal Palmer is a Carrboro resident, new parent, graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and loyal attendant to the two cats who believe they own the house.

Heidi Perov (@HeidiPerov) is a long-time bicycling advocate from Carrboro, Heidi is a founding member of the Carrboro Bicycling Coalition (BikeCarrboro). She has worked on several Bike Walk NC statewide BikeWalk Summits, and has participated in the NC delegation that lobbies once a year on Capitol Hill. Heidi was the recipient of the 2011 NC American Planning Association’s Marvin Collins Award for her contributions to Carrboro’s Planning program.

Heidi has been a League Certified Instructor (LCI) since 2013, and uses the bike as her main form of transportation. She embraces the idea that a community that walks and bikes is a healthier and more equitable community. Retired from a career in book publishing, well-designed and well-written books still bring her much joy.

John Rees (@jreesnc)  lives in Chapel Hill. His day job is an enterprise architect for a big IT company. Other job is Chapel Hill Planning commissioner.  He serves on the boards of NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro and the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill, and is also a member of the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition. His focus is on non-car transportation, equity and housing for all.

Kirk Ross (@ludkmr) is a journalist and musician based in Chapel Hill. He writes the New Hope City newsletter, and has served as the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Carolina Public Press, Editor of the Carrboro Citizen, and Managing Editor of Indyweek.

Stephen Whitlow (dirt_rocker) lives in Chapel Hill and serves on the town’s planning commission. Trained as an urban planner at DCRP, he works for a research, evaluation, and technical assistance firm and focuses on the areas of housing affordability, fair housing, community development, and local government innovation. He is interested in placemaking, how cities change (or don’t), and the role of place in shaping economic and social opportunity.