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2016 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

2016 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

With a few days left in a year like none other, I’ve assembled my annual stroll through the site statistics for CityBeautiful21. A few highlights: More posts! Last year, Iamented only posting 8 times in 2015. I posted 16 times this year. Improvement! Total pageviews this year: about 10,700. 85% more pageviews than last year. Average pageviews per post was about 725 in 2015. This year, I reached only 669 per post, but that’s hiding some wide variation. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Administration, Carrboro, Data

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

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

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

2015 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

2015 Year End Stats for CityBeautiful21

Well, as we approach the New Year, I decided to take a look through the site stats for CityBeautiful21, a project I still very much believe in but have far less time to spend on than I would like. Anyway- here’s the annual rundown, with a few comparisons to the first annual rundown from 2013: Eight (only 8!) total posts: less than one per month on average. Aargh. I hope to do better in 2016. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Administration, Data

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

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

Filtering: A Word We Need to Understand as We Discuss Affordable Housing

Filtering: A Word We Need to Understand as We Discuss Affordable Housing

When new development occurs in Carrboro, many people ask “how many of the new residential units are going to be affordable?”  While this is a good question to ask, the new units in any project are inevitably a small portion of the overall housing stock in the town. The more important question is “how many of the EXISTING units are becoming more or less affordable?” New Development = Small Portion of the Housing Supply The 2012 American Community … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Carrboro, Data, Definitions, Featured

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

Pedestrian Crashes and Vehicle Speeds in Carrboro, 1997-2012

Pedestrian Crashes and Vehicle Speeds in Carrboro, 1997-2012

Recently, the Carrboro Transportation Advisory Board brought a proposal for a “Slow Zone” in downtown Carrboro to the Board of Aldermen.  A Slow Zone is an area in which traffic calming measures are deployed and speed limits are lowered to 20 mph to reduce the number of bike and pedestrian crashes. Does this really matter for pedestrian safety?  I decided to look into the data for Carrboro, and here’s what I found. The Highway Safety Research Center … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Data, Safety, Walking