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Lloyd Farm Is Only “Doing The Wrong Thing Better” And Should Be Voted Down

Lloyd Farm Is Only “Doing The Wrong Thing Better” And Should Be Voted Down

One of Canada’s leading urban planners, Brent Toderian, shares this slide with communities he consults in to spur discussion: As the Carrboro Board of Aldermen contemplate the Lloyd Farm proposal Tuesday evening (10/23), they should know that they are clearly dealing with a case of Doing The Wrong Thing “Better.” Despite years of discussion, the principal flaws of the Lloyd Farm proposal remain the same. A Missed Economic Opportunity We need to maximize our tax value per acre on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Auto Traffic, Density, Economic Development, Parking, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Public Comment Opportunity, Street Design, Walking

Meetings on The 203 Project – Library & ArtsCenter Space – TODAY!

Meetings on The 203 Project – Library & ArtsCenter Space – TODAY!

Just a quick note to everyone this morning- the Town of Carrboro has been pushing the word out that there are not one but TWO meetings being held TODAY, August 4th, to collect public input on The 203 Project – which will be the future home to the Orange County Southern Library branch, Town Parks & Rec offices, WCOM Radio, offices for The ArtsCenter and more. If you’re a parent, I’d particularly encourage you to come … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Children, Economic Development, Events, Libraries, Parking, Plans, Public Comment Opportunity, Public Process, Quick Hits, Walking

Chapel Hill Transit Proposes New System Maps – Scenario 3 Is The Best

Chapel Hill Transit Proposes New System Maps – Scenario 3 Is The Best

The bottom line: in the past week or so, Chapel Hill Transit has released three potential service scenarios that could inform the transit service we have in the fall of 2019.  Scenario 3 is a major, positive game-changer. The new service concept in Scenario 3 will make it easier for people to use transit for types of trips in Chapel Hill and Carrboro that were not previously possible, while also giving lots of people access … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Maps, Public Comment Opportunity, Public Transit, Surveys

2017 Year-End Stats for CityBeautiful21

2017 Year-End Stats for CityBeautiful21

It was a light year of posting on this blog. Only 5 posts in total! I probably worked more hours this year than I ever have at my day job, and I’m sure that had an impact. Quick blog stat highlights for 2017: Total pageviews this year: about 5,100. Down from 10,700 in 2016 where I posted 8 times and also had one piece get picked up by reddit and the national blogosphere. That did not … Read entire article »

Filed under: Administration, Data

The Chelsea Theater’s Future is In Question. Is The ArtsCenter the Answer?

The Chelsea Theater’s Future is In Question. Is The ArtsCenter the Answer?

This evening I caught the Herald-Sun article announcing that Chapel Hill’s Chelsea Theater may be near the end of its run. Having seen many films there and having given my spouse Chelsea gift certificates for many birthdays, this is a gut punch and a sad reckoning for arthouse and related films in Chapel Hill / Carrboro. The article states: “Now in the last year of our current five-year lease, with only a handful of months to go, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Culture, Economic Development, Quick Hits

Comments for Second Public Hearing on Library Site at 203 S Greensboro St

I sent some comments to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen this evening for tonight’s public hearing. Sorry for not formatting them better, but time was short! Here they are: First, I appreciate Mr. Spencer’s efforts to capture what was heard last time- I think he got much of the input from the public captured well, and better still- I see it expressed in the new material he created. Here are my reactions: 1.    On the north side of the block, fronting Roberson Street, remove the drop-off lane. Drop-off-pickup lanes are generally a suburban construct so that traffic can keep moving at high speed. That should not be a purpose that is encouraged on Roberson. Drop-off and pick-up in the urban context should happen at the curb, and these movements help to calm traffic. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Density, Economic Development, Libraries, Parking, Plans, Technology

Development at 203 S Greensboro Needs Less Parking, More Startup Space to Complement Library

Development at 203 S Greensboro Needs Less Parking, More Startup Space to Complement Library

On September 19, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will be discussing a proposal to redevelop 203 S. Greensboro St into the Southern Orange County library and several other public uses for Town of Carrboro departments.The current plan significantly over-provides parking and under-supplies useful commercial space in a downtown whose own recent parking study found that there are over 1,280 unused parking spaces in downtown Carrboro (click here, see page 9 of PDF) at virtually all … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Economic Development, Libraries, Parking, Pricing, Public Comment Opportunity, Tourism, Walking

Carrboro Parking Study Gathers Good Data, But We Need to Start Charging for Parking at ONE Lot

Carrboro Parking Study Gathers Good Data, But We Need to Start Charging for Parking at ONE Lot

On Tuesday night, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will take up a resolution to turn the recently completed Carrboro Parking Study into a plan for downtown parking. When they do, they should recommend some additional actions to town staff beyond those in the study. Those additional actions are: To initiate steps to begin charging for parking at the Rosemary Street lot (on the corner of Rosemary Street and Sunset Drive) as soon as possible, using new parking … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Parking, Pricing

Carrboro Needs a Comprehensive Plan, and The Aldermen Should Put Money in the Next Budget To Create One

Carrboro Needs a Comprehensive Plan, and The Aldermen Should Put Money in the Next Budget To Create One

Carrboro needs a new Comprehensive Plan, and an entirely new Unified Development Ordinance. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen should take the first step towards these goals by putting money in the town’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget to create such a plan. Last year, my most widely read posts on CityBeautiful21 were about one subject- the proposed Lloyd Farm development, a crappy 20th century strip mall concept that greatly underused the site and missed the mark in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Plans, Public Comment Opportunity, Raleigh, Safety, Street Design, Walking

2016 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

2016 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

With a few days left in a year like none other, I’ve assembled my annual stroll through the site statistics for CityBeautiful21. A few highlights: More posts! Last year, Iamented only posting 8 times in 2015. I posted 16 times this year. Improvement! Total pageviews this year: about 10,700. 85% more pageviews than last year. Average pageviews per post was about 725 in 2015. This year, I reached only 669 per post, but that’s hiding some wide variation. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Administration, Carrboro, Data