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I believe that a healthy balance can be struck in this particular case of comparing and contrasting the need for a replacement homeless shelter with the need to protect undeveloped land. But, in the end, the homeless shelter situation needs to be resovled as a priority.

A new homeless shelter should not really have a subsantial effect on undeveloped land, because (in my view) the importance of having the homeless shelter in close vacinity to public transport and other public services, means keeping the facility very near town; a location which will likly be an existing site with buildings/or a site in the more densely populated town area. Sizing the homeless shelter correctly is (in my view) the most important consideration in addition to placement. It needs to be optimally sized in terms of capacity in order to avoid some of the pitfalls which have already been identified at the intersect point between the general public and homeless residents.

Seems to me we've already heard..."I don't want it near my home" and "I don't want it near my business." So, we know someone is going to be unhappy. Has anyone thought about the vacinity of the Human Services facility off of Homestead Road? Might be a problem for some as it is close to Public Parks and so forth. What about the Lincoln Center site where the School Offices are located? The schools have needed a new location for their offices some time now. What about in the vacinity of Carrboro Park off of Hwy 54? Is Carrboro an option, or just Chapel Hill?

I'm taking the title of this thread literally. Here's something I haven't seen in the local papers. Anyone know anything more than is reported in the Attorney General's press release:

AG Cooper Unravels Triangle Real Estate Bid Rigging Scheme:

Peace activist Medea Benjamin will visit Durham and Orange Counties on Tuesday. Scheduled events include:

Peace Vigil
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
4:00pm - 5:00pm
VA Medical Center, Durham
508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 27705
Contact Aimee Schmidt @ 244-1499

WUNC "The State of Things"
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
12:00pm - 1:00pm
NPR's WUNC Station
Call In: 1-877-962-9862

Book Signing, How to Stop the Next War Now
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Market Street Maps and Books
704 Market Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 933-5111

Peace activist, Medea Benjamin (co-founder of both CodePink and Global
Exchange) will be in Chapel Hill to promote her newest book "How to
Stop the Next War." Directions: From Chapel Hill, take 15-501 South
(toward Pittsboro) to Main St, 1 mi. south of the stoplight at the Mt.
Carmel Church Road/Culbreth Road intersection. Turn right onto Main St,
which merges with Market St. Market St Books & Maps is on the left side
of the one-way loop. Coming north from Chatham County, turn left onto
Main St. From Carrboro, turn left onto Culbreth Road and then right
onto 15-501 South


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