Tomorrow, the Chapel Hill Town Council will formally choose a pilot project for the Complete Communities planning exercise they’ve been conducting and, separately, make a decision on the future of the American Legion site. Why aren’t we talking about these two decisions together? About Complete Communities For those who haven’t been paying close attention, Complete […]
Greenways. That’s the answer to Chapel Hill’s problems, according to Jennifer Keesmaat, who is heading the Complete Communities project for the Town of Chapel Hill. In a 45-minute (or so) presentation on Thursday, August 18, Keesmaat and her team, with Rod Steven pinch hitting during the Q&A, presented an update on the Complete Communities process […]
Usual suspects suspect unusual suspects will yield unexpected results
If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another planning process to begin in Chapel Hill. This week, Jennifer Keesmaat, former mayoral candidate and chief Planner of the City of Toronto, Canada (population 2.8 million), kicked off her Connecting Communities planning initiative for the Town of Chapel Hill (population .061 million).
The way we have been designing our streets and neighborhoods have actually made our streets more dangerous. Let’s go back a bit: Starting in the 1930s, suburban design in the United States has been heavily influenced by the Radburn Idea, which originates from a planned suburban community with the same name in North Jersey. Radburn […]
Amy Ryan is running for Town Council in Chapel Hill. Ryan was elected to the Town Council in 2019, and has served on advisory boards and commissions over the past 20 years. She currently serves as the council liaison to several boards, including the Historic District Commission; the Parks and Rec board, and the Stormwater […]