Posted inChapel Hill, Chapel Hill Town Council, Election 2023, Journalism

Seven things we learned from the News & Observer’s follow up on our scoop on the $120K PAC

Earlier today the News & Observer published a piece on the plans by twelve wealthy couples to inject $120,000 into the Chapel Hill elections in a bid to overturn the Chapel Hill Town Council’s June vote to legalize duplexes townwide. Here are seven things we learned: The News & Observer confirms that Adam Searing met […]

Posted inBike and Walk, Bike Beat, Chapel Hill, Connectivity

We have been waiting 45 years for safer bike lanes on Cameron. We can’t wait any longer.

We are launching a petition asking the Town of Chapel Hill to pilot protected bike lanes on Cameron Avenue. With enough support, we believe we can get better bike lanes on Cameron in the next six months, not two years. In 1978, the Town of Chapel Hill opened its first bike lane. Located along Cameron […]

Posted inCarrboro, Connectivity, Greenway

Vernal pools can be moved (and other things we learned when walking along the OWASA sewer easement with Johnny Randall)

One of our community’s most treasured places are the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, which have expanded over time to include 1,100 acres of gardens and wildlife conservation areas. Areas like the Coker Arboretum, Battle Park, Forest Theater, the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, and others are proof that we can balance conservation with access, making spaces […]

Posted inCarrboro, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill Town Council, Election 2023

Progress Requires Planning: What’s At Stake in Chapel Hill and Carrboro Municipal Elections This Year

Election seasons in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are short, if not always sweet. In a span of just four months, candidates file for office, assemble a campaign team, answer questionnaires, meet voters, put up yard signs, talk to voters at polling sites, and await election results.  If you’re new here, or just haven’t paid attention […]

Posted inChapel Hill, Link roundup, Orange County

Five Things We Didn’t Write But You Should Still Read

We’re in the doldrums of summer, but there’s been a number of great pieces published over the past few weeks that deserve your time.  Why did Monique Felder resign as superintendent of Orange County Schools? In Barry Yeoman’s outstanding, deeply reported piece for The Assembly, he documents how and why the Orange County Schools, the […]

Posted inCarrboro, Greenway, Journalism

“Both Sides” Journalism Plagues Indy Week’s Story on the Bolin Creek Greenway

In recent months, Indy Week, our region’s alternative newspaper, has published some terrific investigative pieces, from Lena Gellar’s investigative work uncovering  Durham’s city attorney asking Wikipedia to reveal who was editing “unflattering” information about the mayor and two council members, to Thomasi McDonald’s deep-dive looking at Durham Council Member DeDreana Freeman’s alleged physical assault of […]