By the 1960s, Chapel Hill had a reputation as a place with progressive values, with legislation like its open housing act underscoring the town’s standing as a liberal beacon in the South. But Brooks argued that at best, Chapel Hill was just like many other places and, at worst, especially problematic because of the hypocrisy of many of the town’s residents.
Explainer: LIHTCs in general and in Orange County
The federal low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) is not well understood, but is responsible for more than $1 billion of new real estate activity in North Carolina each year. Currently the state has more than 1,200 properties containing 70,000 units in almost every county, yet odds are hardly anyone reading this post can name one. How did the […]
Advice for The Local Reporter’s sixth editor
It remains problematic that the entire board of The Local Reporter has close ties to CHALT, an organization with a PAC that recruits and runs candidates in local elections.
Breaking: We now have 2(!) homes for sale for middle-income buyers 🏠🏠
It’s taken a while but we finally have more than one home for sale for middle-income buyers in Chapel Hill. This week’s two options are in the same condo complex near Bolin Creek, which Redin describes as at “extreme risk” of flooding. As I noted three weeks ago, much of Chapel Hill’s relatively affordable housing is […]
The Chapel Hill Inventory of Resources for Bicycles (CHIRB)
I wanted to create an interactive, Town-wide inventory of not only bicycle parking units (bike racks, bike lockers, etc.), but also bicycle maintenance units such as fix-it stations and air pumps, so cyclists who live, work, and play in Chapel Hill could more easily locate bicycle parking at their destinations.
Yet another creative letter from a lawyer against Chapel Hill’s housing proposal
It seems like just yesterday that an attorney wrote to Chapel Hill Town Council with some quite silly arguments against the Town’s housing choices proposal. Given that it said nothing that a licensed attorney needed to be paid to say, we thought that would be the end of it. We really did not expect anyone […]