July 2007

Help save the Carrboro Greenspace

If you are interested in the Carrboro Greenspace initiative (this land is a treasure that we simply cannot afford to lose!) there are two upcoming events you are encouraged to attend.

The first is an organizational meeting on July 30th at 6:30 p.m., at 116 Old Pittsboro St. in Carrboro (within walking distance from downtown and the Open Eye Cafe). The property is one of the only green spaces left in downtown Carrboro. In addition to its ecological diversity and geographic importance to the region (research shows green spaces are absolutely crucial to breathable, livable cities), the land houses important community projects (including the ReCYCLEry, the WITT, and others) that are vital to ensuring a sustainable and livable future in Carrboro and beyond.

Then, on August 4th at 5:30 p.m., the space will host a local-food potluck, performances, music, exhibits and an original fashion show (skirts and shirts), as well as tours of the site, and much more!

Support local media, call NC House members today

As you may know, last session the State Legislature passed a law which allows cable and phone companies to avoid many of the public service requirements that have existed for over 30 years. Those requirements mainly have to do with channel space and support for Community Media Centers, like Chapel Hill's own The Peoples Channel, and Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) Access channels. The bill has turned out to be a very serious blow to local governments and nonprofits like us. Many of us concerned with the legislation worked together to produce a new piece of legislation that would remedy two major problems with the bill: funding for Community Media Center and PEG channels, and deployment of broadband to rural and economically distressed communities.

The bill, S-1068 moved along quickly in the Senate and is now on the House side, but there is a fear that they won't take it on before the session ends or at all. I haven't given a call to action thus far because we thought this bill would have no problems and I know you all have busy lives. However, we need to make calls by tomorrow (Wednesday).

Carolina North presentation

Oops, almost forgot to remind y'all, the last community info session on Carolina North is at 4 pm today! Also, the plans reviewed by the BOT last week have been posted online.

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Continuing our community sessions on Carolina North, we will meet on Tuesday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. in room 2603 at the School of Government at the intersection of South and Country Club Roads, opposite the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Parking is available at either the NC 54 Visitors Lot or the Rams Head deck on Ridge Road. Parking may also be available at the parking meters along South Road. Information on transit service to the School of Government is below.

Earlier today, a draft concept plan was presented to the university's Board of Trustees. It showed both a possible 50-year development footprint as well as a possible scenario for the first 15 years. You can view the Power Point that was presented at http://research.unc.edu/cn/BOT_presentation.pdf. At the meeting on July 31, we will present this plan to the community for your comments and feedback.



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