My recent piece on the proposed Commuter Rail Project received some pushback, including from TBBer Melody Kramer. Most of the criticism made two points: 1). Highway spending is just as wasteful, and we never hear criticism of highways, and 2.) If we don’t support this project now, we’ll regret it in the future. While I’m sympathetic […]
A Planning Study to Nowhere: GoTriangle’s commuter rail plans
On Tuesday, GoTriangle, our regional transit agency, gave a presentation to the Durham County Commissioners on its latest feasibility study for commuter rail in the Triangle. The study, which cost $9 million, was intended to build support for building a commuter rail line through the heart of the Research Triangle, beginning in West Durham and […]
The Rural Buffer doesn’t work if Chapel Hill and Carrboro don’t keep up their part of the bargain
This is part of our Harder Truth series. The Rural Buffer, enacted in 1987, was not utilized correctly, and needs to be reconsidered. (If the town is not going to build densely, which was part of the Buffer deal, then we should scrap the buffer. The Buffer has ‘preserved open space’ in a hyperlocal way […]
Housing: Eight things we learned from Jenny Schuetz
This is one of our biggest problems: we just don’t build enough houses where people want to live.
Where to get a COVID-19 shot for under 5’s in the Triangle
One of the Triangle Blog Blog editorial assistants is under 5 and we are very excited that the FDA has approved shots for his age cohort. If you’re looking for a COVID shot for your child under 5, here are some options: Orange County Orange County Health Department Starts Friday, June 24 (Moderna and Pfizer). […]
A metro rail for the Triangle: What could it be?
Michael designed a draft fantasy map for the Triangle region — with ways to connect much of RTP.