Articles Comments

City Beautiful 21 » Parking

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

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

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

Restoring Sidewalk Space for People By Gardening: Local Business Edition

Restoring Sidewalk Space for People By Gardening: Local Business Edition

Today I was out walking with DC along West Weaver Street, and I started noticing all the curb cuts for various driveways. Really, a curb cut is a big red flag for people walking that implicitly says “stop relaxing and look out, you could be endangered at a moment’s notice by a car here!” But then I walked by Carrboro Family Vision, and noticed what a great job they had done to unplug this dynamic. Look … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Parking, Quick Hits, Safety, Street Design, Walking

Are the Carrboro Aldermen About to Waste A Significant Amount of Money?

Let’s hope not! But it’s hard to tell from tonight’s agenda packet if that’s the case or not. The Town is paying consulting firm VHB what appears to be over $120,000 (the link loads a PDF, see page 4 of 5 for Planning Department Budget) to conduct the now-underway Carrboro Parking Study. That’s not the problem- this study has been needed for many years and is already producing some good information about the real (and imaginary) access and parking challenges that downtown Carrboro faces. But one would think that before the town makes any additional major decisions about parking in Downtown, we would wait to see the results of that study to make sure that any actions taken are both in keeping with a broader, strategic goal and also, the best … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Parking

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

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