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Carrboro Needs a Comprehensive Plan, and The Aldermen Should Put Money in the Next Budget To Create One

Carrboro Needs a Comprehensive Plan, and The Aldermen Should Put Money in the Next Budget To Create One

Carrboro needs a new Comprehensive Plan, and an entirely new Unified Development Ordinance. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen should take the first step towards these goals by putting money in the town’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget to create such a plan. Last year, my most widely read posts on CityBeautiful21 were about one subject- the proposed Lloyd Farm development, a crappy 20th century strip mall concept that greatly underused the site and missed the mark in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Plans, Public Comment Opportunity, Raleigh, Safety, Street Design, Walking

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

Roundabout Being Considered for Estes Dr and Greensboro St Intersection

Roundabout Being Considered for Estes Dr and Greensboro St Intersection

Did you know that NCDOT is considering removing the traffic signal at the intersection of Estes Drive and North Greensboro St in Carrboro? There will be a drop-in meeting Monday, November 14th at from 4 to 7 pm in the Carrboro Town Hall Board Room. Roundabouts have significant safety benefits as their design reduces 32 potential conflict points for cars to only 8, and 24 conflicts down to 8 as well for pedestrians- when compared to a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Greenways, Safety, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro Now Has Express Bus Service to Durham! Here’s How to Use It

Carrboro Now Has Express Bus Service to Durham! Here’s How to Use It

Monday, August 8th was an exciting day- for the first time ever, we now have direct regional bus service to and from Downtown Carrboro!  GoTriangle Route 405, which currently runs between Chapel Hill and Durham, will be extended into Carrboro and will provide service during rush hour between Carrboro and Durham.  A big crowd was on hand Monday morning to greet the new buses. Here are the key things to know about the new Route … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Celebrations, Chapel Hill, Durham, Public Transit, Video

Carrboro Greenways Have Great Tree Canopies

Carrboro Greenways Have Great Tree Canopies

I took a ride on my bike recently to check out construction progress on the Bolin Creek Greenway extension under MLK Blvd in Chapel Hill. In the late afternoon, it was 93 degrees with a heat index of 97, and biking along West Main St and North Greensboro St was pretty uncomfortable, heatwise. Fortunately, I got two big doses of shade as I rode on both the Frances Shetley Greenway and the Wilson Park Multi-Use … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Children, Greenways, Quick Hits, Safety, Walking

Lloyd Farm: What Happens When You Let a Grocery Store Chain Do Urban Design

Lloyd Farm: What Happens When You Let a Grocery Store Chain Do Urban Design

After several years of hearing suggestions for improvements from adjacent neighborhoods, elected officials, advisory boards and citizens from all over Carrboro, the folks at Argus Development have submitted plans for what they have always wanted to build here – a grocery-anchored strip mall.  I first wrote about this project in 2014, nearly 18 months ago, and have talked to many Carrboro residents about it since. Very, very little about the proposal has changed and its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Economic Development, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Street Design, Walking

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

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

Carrboro Likely To Approve Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Path for Construction

Carrboro Likely To Approve Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Path for Construction

Near the end of their May 10th meeting, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen affirmed their commitment to see the Homestead-Chapel Hill High School Multi-Use Path move forward to construction this summer. Compromise Recommended by the School System Staff and Town of Carrboro Staff Early in the meeting, Todd LoFrese of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System took to the podium to describe a compromise that had been worked out between school staff and Town of Carrboro staff … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Children, Safety, Schools, Uncategorized, Video, Walking