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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

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

Carrboro Town Staff Considers Replacing Fidelity St Bike Lanes with Car Parking

Carrboro is a progressive town in many ways, but there are a few community characteristics for which the town really stands out- and one of them is Carrboro’s commitment to bicycle infrastructure. Carrboro is currently the only town or city in North Carolina meeting the American Bike League’s “Silver Award” standard and was home to the North Carolina Bike Summit just last year. That’s why I was quite surprised to peruse Tuesday evening’s Carrboro Board of Aldermen agenda and find the following: In an effort to better manage the Town’s parking resources, the issue of how to deal with the needs of longer-term parking for business employees arises. Some businesses have requested parking permits from the Town to allow all-day parking for their employees in public lots…The staff has been discussing two … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Pricing, Safety, Street Design

The Dream of Places Where Young Children Walk Freely

The Dream of Places Where Young Children Walk Freely

In September of 2013, our family took a 1900-mile road trip up and down the East Coast to see an old friend get married and visit family.  Along the way, we decided to spend a few days in New York City.  I wanted to take a city vacation and see some of the public space, transit and bicycle improvements in NYC under Janette Sadik-Khan‘s management as Director of Transportation that I had become familiar with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brooklyn, Children, Culture, Parking, Schools, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro Parking Summit: Questions for Attendees to Ask

Carrboro Parking Summit: Questions for Attendees to Ask

If you’re attending the Carrboro Parking Summit as a citizen or member of the media, it is possible that at some point during the event, you will hear someone claim that Carrboro needs to build more parking downtown. If you do, here are three great questions to ask anyone making that suggestion: You are advocating that we build more parking spaces in Downtown Carrboro.  Where should those parking spaces be built? Who should pay to build those parking … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Parking

A Few Things to Think About When Planning for Downtown ACCESS, Including Parking

A Few Things to Think About When Planning for Downtown ACCESS, Including Parking

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen has pledged to take up downtown parking as one of their major issues to work on in 2014. Before they kick off this effort, I’d like to offer a few thoughts on how to frame this issue in a way that leads to a larger toolbox of potential solutions to get more people and wallets downtown. Why is Getting Parking Right in Downtown Carrboro Critical? Carrboro values local businesses and a local … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Economic Development, Parking, Public Transit, Walking

Quick Thoughts on Carrboro Music Festival 2013

Quick Thoughts on Carrboro Music Festival 2013

Another Carrboro Music Festival (CMF) is in the books, and generally speaking, it was a great afternoon.  The timing of the event usually provides some of the best weather central North Carolina can offer, temperature/humidity-wise, and today delivered on that count in spades.  I biked all over the place, taking advantage of our new bicycle facilities on Main Street and the elevator to the roof of the parking deck. (more on that later) As usual, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Carrboro, Culture, Parking, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Public Transit, Street Design, Walking

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

Email Question From a Reader: Parking Pricing and Equity

Email Question From a Reader: Parking Pricing and Equity

In response to my last post on why Performance Parking Pricing is better than greater enforcement of 2-hour parking limits, I received an outstanding response from a reader via email.  Here are some key excerpts: Hey Patrick.  I have been closely following the discussions about parking in Carrboro.  I subscribe to your CityBeautiful21 blog and I have watched all the recent archived video of Board of Aldermen meetings where parking was discussed. I’m concerned that you have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Administration, Biking, Carrboro, Parking, Pricing, Public Transit, Reader Mailbag