Martin Johnson

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Affordable Housing and a Park: the Legion Property Committee Issues Recommendations

Last May, five members of the Chapel Hill Town Council signed a petition to ask the Town Manager to begin the process of developing an “implementable plan” for the development of the American Legion property, a 36-acre piece of land that the town purchased for $7.9 million in 2016. More specifically, the petition asked the …

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Kudos to the Chapel Hill Town Council for leading the way in affordable housing

Last week’s Chapel Hill town council meeting was so jam-packed with good news that we’re still processing it, as if it were a long awaited 10th Taylor Swift album dropping at midnight. From dueling petitions on the future of the Legion site to a public apology for Chapel Hill’s illegal raid on a Black business …

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“It’s not just about a parking deck”: East Rosemary Deck costs balloon to $50 million, putting other town priorities at risk

This week the Chapel Hill Town Council will hear an update on their biggest priority, in budgetary terms, a new 1100-space parking deck on East Rosemary Street. When the council voted to approve the deck in October 2020, the deck was expected to cost $33.2 million, already an increase over an earlier estimate of $28 …

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Which polling places in Orange County, NC are best for walkers, bikers, and people taking the bus?

Happy Election Day! We’ve made our endorsements (Orange County, Raleigh municipal races, and, most critically, the NC Supreme Court), but today we want to focus on something else. Too many of our polling sites aren’t accessible to people who walk, roll, or take the bus. Even though the entire point of a voting precinct is …

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Chapel Hill and Carrboro school bus issues speak to wider need for safe streets and greenways

On Wednesday afternoon, the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools held a virtual meeting to discuss school buses.  Those who tuned in quickly realized that our school bus system is in trouble—big trouble. We’ve lost drivers and buses, and have started using contracted vehicles just to get kids to school. There are children riding the bus …

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RALEIGH MATTERS: Triangle Blog Blog Endorsements for the Capital City

Raleigh’s progress on zoning reform is an inspiration for cities across the South.  It must not regress into the anti-housing politics of old. Raleigh is the South’s beacon on housing. By passing long overdue reforms, such as permitting missing middle housing and ending parking mandates, the City of Oaks is setting precedents other places cite …

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Following the February 1, 2022 meeting, City Council held a public hearing on the redistricting maps, adopting Scenario 2 from the proposed maps by the March 31, 2022 deadline.

Triangle Blog Blog’s Guide to the Raleigh Mayor and City Council Elections

It may be the midterm elections in North Carolina, but for fans of local politics there’s much to write about, at least in the left half of the Triangle. Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Durham all have odd-year elections (which suppresses turnout), so after the spring primaries for statewide elections things are a little sleepy …

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Three Reasons to Extend the Libba Cotten Bikeway to UNC (And Three Ways You Can Help)

Yesterday, NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro launched a campaign to ask the Town of Chapel Hill to extend the Libba Cotten Bikeway, which runs along a rail line between Chapel Hill and Carrboro, to UNC’s campus along Cameron Avenue. (Full disclosure: I am a member of NEXT, and pitched the idea of focusing on this issue).  More …

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