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Displacement Without Development: Filtering Up on North Greensboro Street

Displacement Without Development: Filtering Up on North Greensboro Street

Last week I described the real estate market phenomenon known as “filtering,” and discussed a recent example in Carrboro where Abbey Court filtered from a lower rental submarket to a higher rental submarket and became Collins Crossing. Displacement Without Development Today I’m going to discuss another local example of where lower-rent units are disappearing and higher-rent units are taking their place. As you continue reading, keep in mind what is ultimately the most important part of this … Read entire article »

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Filtering: A Word We Need to Understand as We Discuss Affordable Housing

Filtering: A Word We Need to Understand as We Discuss Affordable Housing

When new development occurs in Carrboro, many people ask “how many of the new residential units are going to be affordable?”  While this is a good question to ask, the new units in any project are inevitably a small portion of the overall housing stock in the town. The more important question is “how many of the EXISTING units are becoming … Read entire article »

Getting Terms Right: At Its Core, The Word “Urban” Is About Life On Foot

Getting Terms Right: At Its Core, The Word “Urban” Is About Life On Foot

Editor’s note: I originally published this post on February 18, 2013, but there’s been a lot of discussion about density, urbanity, and quality of life in local media recently, and I thought it was worth re-publishing this. Original post below: On this blog, I’ll be discussing a variety of topics regarding questions of town-building for Carrboro, North Carolina and other places. But … Read entire article »

ArtsCenter-Kidzu Building: A Compelling Idea That Needs Some Work Before Going Forward

ArtsCenter-Kidzu Building: A Compelling Idea That Needs Some Work Before Going Forward

The Short Take: The Town of Carrboro has been approached by two cherished local non-profits (Kidzu and The ArtsCenter) with a proposal to build a new “Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center” (CAIC) involving town funds from a not-presently-existent revenue stream.  The proposal has several issues that should discourage the Town from moving forward until these challenges can be resolved or … Read entire article »

Lloyd Farm Development: Can We Avoid a Missed Opportunity?

Lloyd Farm Development: Can We Avoid a Missed Opportunity?

One of the more significant development projects in recent Carrboro history may reach the Board of Aldermen soon- the Lloyd Farm property.  Located across NC 54 from Carrboro Plaza and just west of the Carrboro Post Office, this is one of the largest contiguous areas of mostly undeveloped land left in Carrboro. Here’s the location in question: On September 11th I … Read entire article »

Transit Tourism Opportunity on Sunday 9/28: Carrboro Music Festival!

Transit Tourism Opportunity on Sunday 9/28: Carrboro Music Festival!

Well, it’s decorative gourd season, friends, and the weather looks perfect this weekend, AND the Carrboro Music Festival is Sunday.  I expect to be over there by foot/bike/wagon or some combination thereof, but for Durhamites who feel like Carrboro is a long drive to hang out with 10,000 other music lovers taking in 180 local bands for free, then good … Read entire article »

Visiting Carrboro and Chapel Hill Without a Car Just Got A Lot Easier

Visiting Carrboro and Chapel Hill Without a Car Just Got A Lot Easier

New regional bus service on weekends from Triangle Transit is making intercity and interstate travel to and from Chapel Hill/Carrboro without a car easier than it has ever been. If you try to visit the Research Triangle region of North Carolina without driving your own car here, you will generally arrive by one of three methods: By Plane – To RDU Airport, … Read entire article »

Morgan Creek Greenway Sets a New Standard for Local Bike Facilities

Morgan Creek Greenway Sets a New Standard for Local Bike Facilities

While Chapel Hill and Carrboro have some of the highest rates of walking and cycling for transportation in North Carolina and the Southeast, there is still a lot of work to be done to build a continuous network of bike/ped infrastructure that both IS safe and FEELS safe.  The recently published final Chapel Hill Bike Plan notes that one of … Read entire article »

Carrboro Town Staff Considers Replacing Fidelity St Bike Lanes with Car Parking

Carrboro is a progressive town in many ways, but there are a few community characteristics for which the town really stands out- and one of them is Carrboro’s commitment to bicycle infrastructure. Carrboro is currently the only town or city in North Carolina meeting the American Bike League’s “Silver Award” standard and was home to the North Carolina Bike Summit just last year. That’s why I was quite surprised to peruse Tuesday evening’s Carrboro Board of Aldermen agenda and find the following: In an effort to better manage the Town’s parking resources, the issue of how to deal with the needs of longer-term parking for business employees arises. Some businesses have requested parking permits from the Town … Read entire article »

The Dream of Places Where Young Children Walk Freely

The Dream of Places Where Young Children Walk Freely

In September of 2013, our family took a 1900-mile road trip up and down the East Coast to see an old friend get married and visit family.  Along the way, we decided to spend a few days in New York City.  I wanted to take a city vacation and see some of the public space, transit and bicycle improvements in … Read entire article »