Chapel Hill

#GivingTuesday: Where we recommend donating in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

With #GivingTuesday just around the corner, we thought we’d round up the local Chapel Hill and Carrboro non-profits that we recommend donating to this year. This post details how you can: Help water bill assistance Help housing partners Support abortion care Provide healthy food Support a youth tap ensemble Help our community’s water bill assistance …

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Picture of a two-lane road with a protected bike lane. The bike lane is buffered from the travel lane and there are flexi-posts in the buffer, but they have been knocked down.

To get people out of cars, we need to maintain, not just build, sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails.

In June 2019, while out running, I tripped while crossing an intersection. This didn’t happen only because I’m clumsy; the road I was crossing had been built around 2010 and never completed, so it was missing a final layer of asphalt. There’s a sharp cliff between the gutter pan and the street. It’s a tripping …

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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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“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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Factchecking Adam Searing’s newsletter: Let’s talk about housing

Chapel Hill Town councilmember Adam Searing wrote a new edition of his newsletter this weekend, and as with other newsletters he’s written, this one gets some facts wrong. Today, we’re going to address two errors. The first has to do with the recent award of low-income housing tax credits to the Trinity Court affordable housing …

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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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This week in civic life: November 1-4 – Town council preview, The Local Reporter update, and a nighttime bike ride

Hello! What a week – there’s trick-or-treating, of course, but there’s also a full slate of civic meetings and activities to delight and inspire us all once again. Let ‘s dig in. Tuesday November 1 BOCC meeting We kick off the week with an Orange County Board of Commissioners Business Meeting 7:00 PM, Richard Whitted …

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