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#loveourdowntowns

The Chapel Hill and Carrboro downtowns are vibrant spaces where you can find good food, great music, art, lectures, run into friends and jump on a Chapel Hill Transit bus for free. Some residents have started sharing what they love about our downtowns over on Twitter with the hashtag #loveourdowntowns. Here's a collection of what's been shared so far. Join in on Twitter or share your thoughts on this thread. We'll post another set soon

 

The Impact of HB2 On Orange County

We’ve heard that House Bill 2 has already had a detrimental effect throughout North Carolina, from PayPal deciding against developing more jobs here to Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Cirque du Soleil cancelling their shows. We have not been immune here in Orange County:

 

 

 

Human Rights Impacts

In Orange County Living Wage News

Orange County, via both public and private employers, has been making significant strides in extending living wages to people who work in our communities. Here's the latest:

  • Orange County Board of Commissioners approves policy encouraging contractors to pay a living wage.
    • While the North Carolina General Assembly's House Bill 74 made it illegal for municipalities to require vendors/contractors to pay a living wage, and the recently passed House Bill 2 reinforced that ban, the county commissioners approved a policy to encourage vendors and contractors with the county to pay a living wage. While a living wage cannot be required, vendors and contractors will be required to "submit a statement indicating whether the employees who will perform work on the Orange County contract are paid at least the living wage amount. If such employees do not make at least $12.76 per hour, the contractor or vendor will be asked to indicate in the statement the actual amount paid to such employees.  For bid projects, this statement would be submitted as part of the bid packet."​

Embracing Change in Chapel Hill-Carrboro

{Cross posted from the Chapel Hill News}

 

A picture of a stop sign graffitied to read “STOP PROGRESS” appeared on Twitter last week. The person who Tweeted it captioned it simply: “Chapel Hill politics in a nutshell.”

A few days later, a community leader expressed to one of us their disappointment in how our community is perceived. “People used to look to us as a leader in innovative policies, a place where cool things were happening. That doesn’t happen anymore.”

How we got to this point is no mystery. Past local elected officials enacted policies that made it difficult to open new businesses and build new kinds of housing. As a result, most development of the past few decades has been low-density, single-family homes on dead-end streets.

Dream Up Downtown Walks coming

A collaboration between the UNC Chapel Hill Department of City & Regional Planning (grad student Mia Candy, for her masters' degree project) and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership will bring us four new downtown walks in the spirit of the Jane's Walks honoring the late urbanist Jane Jacobs.

These four walks will traverse downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Here are the dates and walk leaders:

Thursday March 24th, 6.30pm - 8.00pm: Our Public Spaces (Molly De Marco & Travis Crayton)

Wednesday March 30th, 6.30pm - 8:00pm: Hidden in Plain Sight (Seth LaJeunesse & Travis Crayton)

Thursday March 31st, 6.30pm - 8:00pm: Our Public Spaces (Patrick McDonough & Molly De Marco)

Monday April 4th, 6.30pm - 8:00pm: Hidden in Plain Sight (Mia Candy, Meg McGurk)

People are encouraged to join in, sharing their ideas and knowledge, during these walking conversations.

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