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Displacement Without Development: Filtering Up on North Greensboro Street

Displacement Without Development: Filtering Up on North Greensboro Street

Last week I described the real estate market phenomenon known as “filtering,” and discussed a recent example in Carrboro where Abbey Court filtered from a lower rental submarket to a higher rental submarket and became Collins Crossing. Displacement Without Development Today I’m going to discuss another local example of where lower-rent units are disappearing and higher-rent units are taking their place. As you continue reading, keep in mind what is ultimately the most important part of this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Carrboro, Definitions

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

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

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 2

Carrboro’s Summer of Bike-Ped Infrastructure, Part 2

Earlier in the month I covered some improvements to the local pedestrian grid on Davie Rd and at the intersection of James St and Hillsborough Rd.  However, the most high-profile change to the Carrboro street grid this summer is undoubtedly the Main St Road Diet. Definition: Road Diet First, what’s a “Road Diet?” Simply put, it’s the reconfiguration of a roadway to remove excess space for cars, and the reassigning of that space for the use of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Definitions, Portland, Schools, Street Design, Walking

Performance Parking Pricing Is Better For Businesses Than Enforcing Free, Time-Limited Parking

Performance Parking Pricing Is Better For Businesses Than Enforcing Free, Time-Limited Parking

A few weeks back, the Carrboro Aldermen held a discussion about parking, mostly pertaining to downtown.  After some debate, the sense of the Board majority (though not all Board members) was that it is better to encourage aggressive private towing — instead of having anyone pay for public parking at any time. This is unfortunate, since there is a much better parking management alternative that: Gives visitors to downtown more choice in how long they shop Costs taxpayers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Definitions, Parking, Pricing

At Its Core, the Word “Urban” Is About Life on Foot

At Its Core, the Word “Urban” Is About Life on Foot

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, I want to be as clear as possible about what I mean when I use this term. In growth debates, this tends to mean a lot of things to a lot of people. More than a few people hear … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Definitions, Walking

Here We Go – Hello Carrboro!

Here We Go – Hello Carrboro!

Well, here goes nothing. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a city and town planning blog for a few years, and I think it’s time to give it a shot. Here are some of the ideas that I’ll be working with on this site, in no particular order. All things being equal, I believe it is better to build communities in an urban pattern than a suburban pattern, for numerous reasons. But most importantly, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Definitions