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 […]
We’re thirty minutes into the Nov. 16 meeting of the Chapel Hill Town Council, and in the words of The Carpenters…”we’ve only just begun.” 7:30: We open with a petition from the Save Legion Park group. Virginia Gray opens with quoting Joni Mitchell. She notes “Some of us remember Joni Mitchell. Others have never heard […]
This piece was originally published on WCHL’s Viewpoints. If you are interested in updates about community efforts to urge the town to build out Carrboro’s greenway network, sign up for the email updates over at the Carrboro Linear Parks Project. I live in one of the northern Carrboro neighborhoods, one of the suburban neighborhoods. The […]
We’re transit nerds, and are really excited about the planned North-South Bus Rapid Transit (NSBRT) project in Chapel Hill. This post details what the line is and how it will help transit and traffic in Chapel Hill. First, what is Bus Rapid Transit? If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably been somewhere with rapid transit. […]
This is part of our harder truths series. Inclusionary zoning ordinances are among the most controversial approaches in modern urban planning. Briefly, these ordinances intend to expand the supply of affordable housing stock by requiring developers to include it as part of new development or redevelopment projects. (We are defining “Affordable” here using the guidance […]
At present, the Town of Chapel Hill spends millions of dollars a year to subsidize parking downtown, millions that could be better spent on ending homelessness, supporting affordable housing, building a splash pad, completing a greenway, funding more bus service, or a dozen other things.