Happy Friday! Here are a few articles from the OP Editors that we found interesting this week:
- N.C. growth brings challenges for land preservation: A board member of the Land Trust of Central North Carolina points out our preservation successes of the past - and a call for more public funding to continue preservation of rural areas in our state.
- Portland, the Mission, and the housing affordability debate: This article from City Observatory's Daniel Kay Hertz does a great job building on an article we posted here on OP a few weeks ago discussing why the construction of new apartments is a symptom - rather than a cause - of higher rents.
- The town shrink: New research by a professor at the New York State Pyschiatric Institute is helping New York City tackle public heath crises through better place making
- What's driving the N.C. Senate's animus toward the state's metros?: IndyWeek's Raleigh editor gives a great overview of recent legislation that has impacted North Carolina's major metropolitan areas
- A state of many colors: Bit + Grain (a new and totally awesome online publication) interviews members of North Carolina's LGBTQ community about the impact of marriage equality on their lives. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Council member Lee Storrow are featured.
- Municipal elections–odd year and odd man out: Ever wondered why NC municipal elections happen in odd-numbered election years? Robert Joyce, a professor at the UNC School of Government, details the history of municipal elections in our state.
- Draft affordable housing recommendations: far beyond "abolish single-family zoning": This is a great recap of draft recommendations out of an affordable housing committee in Seattle. These are some of the most progressive and impactful recommendations in any city that we've seen so far.
And in local news, we're reading Chapel Hill News editor Mark Schultz's Facebook post about Pam Hemminger's entry into the race for Chapel Hill mayor. Schultz suggest Hemminger's candidacy may complicate plans of CHALT, a political action committee, to recruit a candidate, but we at OP think Schultz is missing the point. It seems pretty clear that Hemminger *is* the CHALT candidate in this race.
Also in local news, we're reading Indy Week's recap of how affordable housing was left out of Orange County's upcoming 2016 bond referendum -- and how this happened with very little prior notice and virtually no public input. Share your thoughts on this article here.