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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

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

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

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 improving other ways to get there.  See you tonight at the Carrboro Parking kickoff! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Parking, Public Transit, Street Design

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 for going large font on everyone, but really, this is the heart of the matter. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Pricing, Tourism, Walking

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 »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Data, Public Transit, Walking

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 there were 16 years earlier! You can see for yourself by checking NCDOT’s traffic count … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Data, Featured, Public Transit, Walking

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