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GoTriangle Proposes Carrboro-Durham Bus Service, Additional Fast Trips from Chapel Hill

GoTriangle Proposes Carrboro-Durham Bus Service, Additional Fast Trips from Chapel Hill

Carrboro residents who work at Duke or in Downtown Durham may soon have a new transportation choice: direct regional bus service on GoTriangle Route 405. Chapel Hill residents who work in the same places could see more fast trips this fall as well if GoTriangle implements the service proposal that is now out for public comment. What Regional Bus Service Is Available Today Between Chapel Hill and Durham? Currently, there are two regional bus routes operated by … Read entire article »

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Dream Up Downtown Walk in Chapel Hill / Carrboro Tomorrow

Dream Up Downtown Walk in Chapel Hill / Carrboro Tomorrow

Are you free tomorrow evening, March 31st? If so, and you want to walk and talk city life,  I will be joining Molly DeMarco to lead a walking tour and discussion of Public Spaces in Downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro as part of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s “Dream Up Downtown” event series.The walk will begin at Peace and Justice … Read entire article »

Are the Carrboro Aldermen About to Waste A Significant Amount of Money?

Let’s hope not! But it’s hard to tell from tonight’s agenda packet if that’s the case or not. The Town is paying consulting firm VHB what appears to be over $120,000 (the link loads a PDF, see page 4 of 5 for Planning Department Budget) to conduct the now-underway Carrboro Parking Study. That’s not the problem- this study has been needed for many years and is already producing some good information about the real (and imaginary) access and parking challenges that downtown Carrboro faces. But one would think that before the town makes any additional major decisions about parking in Downtown, we would wait to see the results of that study to make sure that any … Read entire article »

The Difference Between Space for Parking and Space for People

The Difference Between Space for Parking and Space for People

This is a quick look at how much more space cars take up than people, visualized. While the context here is a street, think of it as a parking lot for a moment. Then, as you think about how to enhance what we love about downtown Carrboro, think about whether we need to focus on providing more parking downtown, or … Read entire article »

Carrboro Parking Study Needs Your Input Thursday Eve (Feb 11th)

Carrboro Parking Study Needs Your Input Thursday Eve (Feb 11th)

If you care about having choices in how to get to and enjoy downtown Carrboro, it is very important that you attend the Carrboro Parking Study Kickoff Meeting at Carrboro Elementary school Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. I’ll be there to share a simple message, and I invite you to join me to reinforce it.  That message is: I apologize … Read entire article »

New American Community Survey Shows Bike Commuting Explosion in Carrboro

New American Community Survey Shows Bike Commuting Explosion in Carrboro

There’s big news for Carrboro in the latest American Community Survey Data – bike commuting has really taken off in town in the last five years. The most detailed, statistically reliable information we have on how people commute to work is now part of the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS collects data every year, but has the greatest validity and … Read entire article »

2015 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

2015 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

Well, as we approach the New Year, I decided to take a look through the site stats for CityBeautiful21, a project I still very much believe in but have far less time to spend on than I would like. Anyway- here’s the annual rundown, with a few comparisons to the first annual rundown from 2013: Eight (only 8!) total posts: less … Read entire article »

Central Carrboro Traffic Went DOWN from 1997 to 2013

Central Carrboro Traffic Went DOWN from 1997 to 2013

Did you know that many traffic counts in Carrboro were lower in 2013 than in 1997? Yep. In 1997, Carrboro was home to roughly 15,400 people. By 2013, the Census reported that number as closer to 20,800. Despite adding over 5,000 residents and seeing downtown job growth, there were fewer cars on the streets all over central Carrboro in 2013 than … Read entire article »

CB21 Exclusive: Jones Ferry Rd Mural Design Released, Public Hearing on Sept 1

CB21 Exclusive: Jones Ferry Rd Mural Design Released, Public Hearing on Sept 1

While CityBeautiful21 is normally in the business of reacting to and commenting on news developments in Carrboro, today I have the opportunity to break some news – the design for the proposed mural on the wall near the Jones Ferry Rd and NC 54 interchange is being released in this blog post! This week I had the opportunity to connect with … Read entire article »

Key Take-away From Summer Streets: It’s Time For Autumn Streets

Key Take-away From Summer Streets: It’s Time For Autumn Streets

Sunday, July 19th, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Carrboro held its second “Summer Streets” (Herald Sun article) event, in which the block of Weaver St between Main St and North Greensboro St was opened to people and closed to cars. For the umpteenth time in the decade and a half I’ve lived here, the Town closed this portion of … Read entire article »