In Twitter thread, Carrboro Mayor Pro Tem spells out what we must do to combat climate change

OrangePolitics Emeritus Editor and Carrboro Mayor Pro Tem Damon Seils wrote the following thread on Twitter on January 13, 2019. We have curated the thread below, which calls attention to what we must do in our communities to combat climate change. It's an important read.

 

Good morning! A nugget from the upcoming @DCHCMPO Board meeting: Growth in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is outpacing population growth in the Triangle and throughout North Carolina. https://dchcmpo.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3831901&GUID=3520913A-6D5F-45CA-BC3B-BAF7F1D0AD22

Percent Growth in Vehicle Miles Traveled by County
Percent Growth in Vehicle Miles Traveled

 

On Working to End Homelessness in Orange County

After 6 years (term limits!) of service with the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness Leadership Team, the last few as chair, my run ends with 2018.  Throughout the month of December I’ve been curating a series of tweets talking about the state of homelessness in Orange County and nationally and the work that we and our partners are doing to make homelessness “rare, brief, and one-time.”  

You can take a look at the full twitter archive here to learn about our partners, our successes, our needs, and ways you can help end homelessness in Orange County.

Why Do Businesses Turn Their Backs on Bike Paths?

Snow blankets our streets and sidewalks and covers the ugly. For a brief period of time there is a quiet beauty in cities and towns. Snow also acts as an important indicator of usage, if we choose to pay attention and use this information to improve our infrastructure. On streets, the snow reveals how narrow a lane can be, and how slip lanes (a bane of pedestrians) are unnecessary and can prototype, to transportation planners, where they can be easily eliminated.

I am using the snow to reveal how a heavily used a near by corridor is, and, hopefully, to convince planners and property owners how valuable a resource it is, and how it is being wasted and ignored.

Sunrise Habitat for Humanity-Carol Woods Development Brings Needed Housing

The following overview was written by Jennifer Player, new Director of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to share key features of this exciting new project proposed for Chapel Hill to provides essential permanent affordble housing and more senior housing.

More than a year ago, two local nonprofits with a combined 70 years of service to Chapel Hill, began discussing a potential development partnership. As a result of those conversations, Carol Woods and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County developed a shared vision to create a vibrant, mixed income, intergenerational community off of Sunrise Road in Chapel Hill.

Sample Ballots for Orange County Now Available

Here are your Orange County sample ballots for the November 6, 2018 General Election

  • G001 is Chapel Hill town limits except for Patterson Precinct.
  • G002 is mostly Carrboro but parts of other precincts mostly south of Chapel Hill. 
  • G003 is Chapel Hill town limits in Patterson Precinct (about 1,500 voters).
  • G004 is remainder of the county. 

The complete list of ballots by precinct is available on the Orange County Board of Elections website.

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