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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

Carrboro Advisory Boards Should Push For Gathering Space at Lloyd Farm

Carrboro Advisory Boards Should Push For Gathering Space at Lloyd Farm

Tonight, at 7:30 pm in Town Hall, the various Carrboro Town Advisory Boards will meet to review the Lloyd Farm rezoning proposal before it goes to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen later in June. This site represents a significant opportunity to do something compelling or make a lasting mistake for Carrboro. All in all, Lloyd Farm is a mildly better than average suburban strip mall concept with a bunch of single story buildings surrounding a large … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Biking, Carrboro, Density, Economic Development, Parking, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Public Transit, Street Design

Chapel Hill News Describes Very Typical Carrboro Infill Project as “Unusual Density”

Chapel Hill News Describes Very Typical Carrboro Infill Project as “Unusual Density”

There are a few rezoning hearings coming up at the Carrboro Board of Aldermen meetings in June. One of them is a project called Inara Court, slated for 102 to 104 Fidelity St, which is right behind the O2 Fitness property, on the same side of Fidelity Street. I am very familiar with the area as I previously lived at two different addresses on Fidelity. CH News Reporter Jean Bolduc’s description of the project in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Carrboro, Data, Density, Economic Development, Local Media

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 downward pressure on rents, and can prevent mid-market housing from filtering up to become higher-end … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Austin, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Data, Density, Durham, Raleigh, Uncategorized, Washington DC

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 one I’ll probably come back to again and again is the word “urban.” Knowing that, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Definitions, Density, Walking

Lloyd Farm Development: Can We Avoid a Missed Opportunity?

Lloyd Farm Development: Can We Avoid a Missed Opportunity?

One of the more significant development projects in recent Carrboro history may reach the Board of Aldermen soon- the Lloyd Farm property.  Located across NC 54 from Carrboro Plaza and just west of the Carrboro Post Office, this is one of the largest contiguous areas of mostly undeveloped land left in Carrboro. Here’s the location in question: On September 11th I attended a meeting on the project at Town Hall.  Late that night, I forwarded some … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Asheville, Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Children, Data, Density, Durham, Economic Development, Featured, Huntersville (NC), Parking, Philadelphia, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Raleigh, Walking

The Distribution of Population in Orange County and the Site of the Southern Orange County Library

The Distribution of Population in Orange County and the Site of the Southern Orange County Library

Back in the spring, at an Orange Board of County Commissioners meeting where I and other citizens spoke in favor of building an urban library in Southern Orange County, one of the most common themes from county staff in the discussion was that a significant number of rural residents would be served by this library, and that they would come to the library by car and need a place to park, implying that this criterion … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Data, Density, Hillsborough, Libraries, Orange County

Five Great Reasons to Bulldoze the BCBSNC Building In Chapel Hill

Five Great Reasons to Bulldoze the BCBSNC Building In Chapel Hill

Today Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC announced they are consolidating their operations in Durham and vacating their dated, modernist solar-cooker-on-cinder-blocks digs in Chapel Hill, because the building is inflexible, expensive to operate, and bad for workers: Blue Cross officials said the insurer’s distinctive Chapel Hill headquarters – a rhomboid, glass structure designed by the architect A.G. Odell Jr.’s firm – had become more costly to operate than its other buildings and didn’t fit the way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Burlington (VT), Cesky Krumlov, Chapel Hill, Density, Economic Development, International Cities and Towns, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Street Design, Vernazza

How are Carrboro Residents Distributed Across Town?

How are Carrboro Residents Distributed Across Town?

Recently, a programming guru at MIT, Brandon Martin-Anderson decided to make a map of every person in the US Census- all 300+ million of us. The map assigns a dot for every person to the Census Block they live in, and then displays it.  You can see the interactive map here, zoomed to a level that shows Hillsborough, Durham, Carrboro and Chapel Hill, mostly. Anderson has since added Canada and Mexico Census data as well. Here’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Data, Density