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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

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 Michael Adamson (MA), a longtime friend of Carrboro who has been shepherding the mural process … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Children, Culture, Interviews

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 greatly improved upon.  These issues are exacerbated by a lack of public policy guidance documents, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Auto Traffic, Biking, Economic Development, Music, Parking, Pricing, Street Design

Quick Thoughts on Carrboro Music Festival 2013

Quick Thoughts on Carrboro Music Festival 2013

Another Carrboro Music Festival (CMF) is in the books, and generally speaking, it was a great afternoon.  The timing of the event usually provides some of the best weather central North Carolina can offer, temperature/humidity-wise, and today delivered on that count in spades.  I biked all over the place, taking advantage of our new bicycle facilities on Main Street and the elevator to the roof of the parking deck. (more on that later) As usual, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Public Transit, Street Design, Walking

Informal Urbanism Indicator #4: Yarn Bombing

Informal Urbanism Indicator #4: Yarn Bombing

Whereas the Super Strudel graffiti was likely the work of one artist, the February 2012 Yarn Bombing of downtown Carrboro was a coordinated work of many skilled artists who sought (and received) permission from the town of Carrboro to put their pieces in the public realm. Below are some photos of some of the Yarn-bombed sites, and a map of where they were ultimately located, which reflects the combined decisions of town representatives and artists. View … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Carrboro, Culture, Data, Urban Indicators

Informal Urbanism Indicator #1: Graffiti. Where Does The Urban Fabric Begin and End? Ask Super Strudel

Informal Urbanism Indicator #1: Graffiti. Where Does The Urban Fabric Begin and End? Ask Super Strudel

If a visitor asks a random Carrboro resident where downtown is, they’ll be almost certain to get directions to where the railroad tracks cross Main Street right by The Station bar. This is the undisputed center of Carrboro’s urban fabric, a.k.a. the place where the most people are walking around. But if this is the center of the action, where is the edge of the action? Where does it dissipate? When you are in downtown Carrboro … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Culture, Data, Urban Indicators, Walking