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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 reliability in its 5-Year Estimates.  In December 2015, the Census Bureau released the 5-Year Estimates … Read entire article »

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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 »

Filtering, Housing Supply and Changes In Rents: The Evidence

Filtering, Housing Supply and Changes In Rents: The Evidence

Over the past two weeks, I have highlighted how housing prices and rents increase without new development-  through filtering at large multifamily properties and at smaller rentals as individual landlords decide to upgrade their units one at a time. The flip side of this phenomenon is the question:  Is there is evidence that expanding the supply of housing can put … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 »