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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

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

Roundabout Being Considered for Estes Dr and Greensboro St Intersection

Roundabout Being Considered for Estes Dr and Greensboro St Intersection

Did you know that NCDOT is considering removing the traffic signal at the intersection of Estes Drive and North Greensboro St in Carrboro? There will be a drop-in meeting Monday, November 14th at from 4 to 7 pm in the Carrboro Town Hall Board Room. Roundabouts have significant safety benefits as their design reduces 32 potential conflict points for cars to only 8, and 24 conflicts down to 8 as well for pedestrians- when compared to a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Greenways, Safety, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro Now Has Express Bus Service to Durham! Here’s How to Use It

Carrboro Now Has Express Bus Service to Durham! Here’s How to Use It

Monday, August 8th was an exciting day- for the first time ever, we now have direct regional bus service to and from Downtown Carrboro!  GoTriangle Route 405, which currently runs between Chapel Hill and Durham, will be extended into Carrboro and will provide service during rush hour between Carrboro and Durham.  A big crowd was on hand Monday morning to greet the new buses. Here are the key things to know about the new Route … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Celebrations, Chapel Hill, Durham, Public Transit, Video

Carrboro Greenways Have Great Tree Canopies

Carrboro Greenways Have Great Tree Canopies

I took a ride on my bike recently to check out construction progress on the Bolin Creek Greenway extension under MLK Blvd in Chapel Hill. In the late afternoon, it was 93 degrees with a heat index of 97, and biking along West Main St and North Greensboro St was pretty uncomfortable, heatwise. Fortunately, I got two big doses of shade as I rode on both the Frances Shetley Greenway and the Wilson Park Multi-Use … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Children, Greenways, Quick Hits, Safety, Walking

Lloyd Farm: What Happens When You Let a Grocery Store Chain Do Urban Design

Lloyd Farm: What Happens When You Let a Grocery Store Chain Do Urban Design

After several years of hearing suggestions for improvements from adjacent neighborhoods, elected officials, advisory boards and citizens from all over Carrboro, the folks at Argus Development have submitted plans for what they have always wanted to build here – a grocery-anchored strip mall.  I first wrote about this project in 2014, nearly 18 months ago, and have talked to many Carrboro residents about it since. Very, very little about the proposal has changed and its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Economic Development, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Street Design, Walking

At Busiest Time of Day, Downtown Carrboro Has Over 2,000 EMPTY Parking Spaces

At Busiest Time of Day, Downtown Carrboro Has Over 2,000 EMPTY Parking Spaces

Yes, you read that right. There are usually 2,000 (or more!) parking spaces empty at all times in downtown Carrboro. But we don’t have a way to allow private businesses to partner seamlessly with each other and the town to make these spaces available to the public in a way that balances individual lot owner goals and overall access goals for the downtown, so these spaces go unused when they could be more full. Until we … Read entire article »

Filed under: Asheville, Carrboro, Data, Maps, Parking, Pricing, Public Comment Opportunity, Public Transit