Posted inHousing

The Chapel Hill housing apocalypse

Calling Chapel Hill a town on the verge of becoming an exclusive enclave of wealthy homeowners, an East Coast “Palo Alto,” a real estate consultant issued a blistering report about Chapel Hill’s direction, finding that the town needs to build significantly more housing to moderate housing price increases and retain our economic competitiveness, and criticizing […]

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More places to live are good, actually

Along Elliot Road in Chapel Hill sits a modern rental apartment building called the Berkshire Chapel Hill. Though nondescript, several years ago this “luxury” apartment complex rocked Chapel Hill’s political landscape. In 2015, a new mayor and slate of like-minded Town Council members won election following community outrage after the Berkshire replaced a perfectly nice […]

Posted inBike and Walk, Chapel Hill

Get busy biking downtown

This piece was originally published on the Triangle Substack newsletter. Driving a car on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill can be a pain. But have you tried riding a bicycle? I do so frequently, and it’s a mediocre experience. There are no bike lanes, so bicyclists have to ride in the road. (Right there, […]