Posted inChapel Hill, Chapel Hill Town Council, Housing

The Selective Outrage of Save Chapel Hill Supporters 

A quick pass through Chapel Hill’s historic districts will quickly reveal that homeowners in these neighborhoods really, really want to “Save Chapel Hill,” as the cheap plastic signs dotting their yards make clear. Assuming, of course, that you can see the signs around all the construction trucks parked in front of their homes. Many residents […]

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Statement in support of the Housing Choices proposal

I prepared the following statement for the May 24 Town Council public hearing on the Housing Choices text amendments to the LUMO. Because I got distracted and had to talk a bit about mid-century modern homes in Chapel Hill (which, in my opinion, are more distinctive and authentic than many of the over-renovated “traditional” homes […]

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Six Joni Mitchell Songs Other Than ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ That People in Chapel Hill Should Listen To

It’s happened again. Someone has written to the Chapel Hill Town Council imploring them not to “pave paradise and put up a parking lot.”  When I hear someone use those lyrics when discussing the possible development of housing, I immediately know I have encountered an unfortunately not-so-rare breed: the Boomer NIMBY (BoomBY™). Blending the worst […]