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Key Take-away From Summer Streets: It’s Time For Autumn Streets

Key Take-away From Summer Streets: It’s Time For Autumn Streets

Sunday, July 19th, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Carrboro held its second “Summer Streets” (Herald Sun article) event, in which the block of Weaver St between Main St and North Greensboro St was opened to people and closed to cars. For the umpteenth time in the decade and a half I’ve lived here, the Town closed this portion of Weaver Street with no visible negative impacts to traffic or downtown in general. As usual, people … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Celebrations, Children, Culture, Food, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Safety, Street Design, Tourism, Walking

Weaver Street Market GM Responds to Panzanella Closing Post

Weaver Street Market GM Responds to Panzanella Closing Post

A few days after my recent post on the decision to close Panzanella restaurant in Carrboro, I received the following reply from Weaver Street Market General Manager Ruffin Slater.  I have reproduced it below in full, without any editing, with his permission. Dear Patrick, Thanks for your email. I appreciate you sharing how much Panzanella has meant to you and your disappointment over the decision to close. The Weaver Street board creates the policies that govern the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Culture, Economic Development, Food, Reader Mailbag

On Panzanella Closing and The Responsibility of Community-Owned Businesses

On Panzanella Closing and The Responsibility of Community-Owned Businesses

  Late this afternoon, via social media linked to a News and Observer article, came the gut punch news that beloved local restaurant Panzanella is closing.  On a personal level, this is just very, very sad.  Since DW and I got married over a decade ago, we have celebrated all sorts of major life events, and perhaps most of them– graduations, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, rare visits from cherished friends, you name it – at Panzanella.  With … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Culture, Economic Development, Food

When Your Craft Brewery Turns Parking Into Space for People, Thank Them

When Your Craft Brewery Turns Parking Into Space for People, Thank Them

I had the pleasure of drinking my first Steel String Brewery beer several weeks back, outside on a small sliver of sidewalk between the front door of the taproom and the parking row just off the street. I believe I had the Rubber Room Session Ale and it was terrific. I caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a few months, enjoyed a good beer and appreciated the light breeze in the afternoon shade … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Culture, Food, Parking, Walking

Informal Urbanism Indicator #6: Food Trucks

Informal Urbanism Indicator #6: Food Trucks

Perhaps the most high-profile Informal Urban Indicator that can be spotted around Carrboro, Durham, and many other cities is the Food Truck. Whether committed to a regular spot or broadcasting its movements on Twitter, the repeated presence of one or more food trucks in a certain place is usually hinting at one thing: “this part of town could absorb more dining and perhaps more retail options.” If the place where the repeat appearances … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Culture, Data, Economic Development, Food, Uncategorized, Urban Indicators

Informal Urbanism Indicator #5: Outdoor Dining

Informal Urbanism Indicator #5: Outdoor Dining

One of the key features that differentiates an urban place from more suburban places is the number of people on the streets. While many of the people out and about are walking from one place to another, many of them are quite stationary, often at a table enjoying food and drink. In his masterpiece on cities and towns, A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander states: “We know that people enjoy mixing in public, in parks, squares, along … Read entire article »

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