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The Chelsea Theater’s Future is In Question. Is The ArtsCenter the Answer?

The Chelsea Theater’s Future is In Question. Is The ArtsCenter the Answer?

This evening I caught the Herald-Sun article announcing that Chapel Hill’s Chelsea Theater may be near the end of its run. Having seen many films there and having given my spouse Chelsea gift certificates for many birthdays, this is a gut punch and a sad reckoning for arthouse and related films in Chapel Hill / Carrboro. The article states: “Now in the last year of our current five-year lease, with only a handful of months to go, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Culture, Economic Development, Quick Hits

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

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

GoTriangle Proposes Carrboro-Durham Bus Service, Additional Fast Trips from Chapel Hill

GoTriangle Proposes Carrboro-Durham Bus Service, Additional Fast Trips from Chapel Hill

Carrboro residents who work at Duke or in Downtown Durham may soon have a new transportation choice: direct regional bus service on GoTriangle Route 405. Chapel Hill residents who work in the same places could see more fast trips this fall as well if GoTriangle implements the service proposal that is now out for public comment. What Regional Bus Service Is Available Today Between Chapel Hill and Durham? Currently, there are two regional bus routes operated by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Maps, Public Comment Opportunity, Public Transit

Dream Up Downtown Walk in Chapel Hill / Carrboro Tomorrow

Dream Up Downtown Walk in Chapel Hill / Carrboro Tomorrow

Are you free tomorrow evening, March 31st? If so, and you want to walk and talk city life,  I will be joining Molly DeMarco to lead a walking tour and discussion of Public Spaces in Downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro as part of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s “Dream Up Downtown” event series.The walk will begin at Peace and Justice Plaza (179 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill-in front of the downtown post office) at 6:30 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Events, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Street Design, 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

Transit Tourism Opportunity on Sunday 9/28: Carrboro Music Festival!

Transit Tourism Opportunity on Sunday 9/28: Carrboro Music Festival!

Well, it’s decorative gourd season, friends, and the weather looks perfect this weekend, AND the Carrboro Music Festival is Sunday.  I expect to be over there by foot/bike/wagon or some combination thereof, but for Durhamites who feel like Carrboro is a long drive to hang out with 10,000 other music lovers taking in 180 local bands for free, then good news!  For the first time ever, you can take Triangle Transit to get you to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Celebrations, Chapel Hill, Culture, Durham, Music, Public Transit, Tourism, Walking

Visiting Carrboro and Chapel Hill Without a Car Just Got A Lot Easier

Visiting Carrboro and Chapel Hill Without a Car Just Got A Lot Easier

New regional bus service on weekends from Triangle Transit is making intercity and interstate travel to and from Chapel Hill/Carrboro without a car easier than it has ever been. If you try to visit the Research Triangle region of North Carolina without driving your own car here, you will generally arrive by one of three methods: By Plane – To RDU Airport, which is in between Raleigh and Durham, just north of the town of Morrisville By Bus … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Intercity Rail, Orange County, Public Transit, Tourism

Morgan Creek Greenway Sets a New Standard for Local Bike Facilities

Morgan Creek Greenway Sets a New Standard for Local Bike Facilities

While Chapel Hill and Carrboro have some of the highest rates of walking and cycling for transportation in North Carolina and the Southeast, there is still a lot of work to be done to build a continuous network of bike/ped infrastructure that both IS safe and FEELS safe.  The recently published final Chapel Hill Bike Plan notes that one of the primary reasons identified by residents for why they do not ride their bike for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Maps, Safety, Schools, Walking