November 2008

County Commisssioners adopt new Comprehensive Plan

County Commissioners to consider adoption of the Comprehensive Plan with revisions.

Agenda materials will be posted on the County’s website, prior to each of the above meetings, under “Meeting Agendas”.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 2:30pm


Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

Why Stories Matter: performance and discussion about development and gentrification

Receuved via e-mail:

"Why Stories Matter: An evening of performance and discussion about development and gentrification in Chapel Hill-Carrboro."
> Tuesday, Nov 11
> 8:00 PM
> Bingham 103

Join us as we watch sections of a promotional DVD put together by Greenbridge developers during their plans to build ten story building adjacent to Northside.  We will watch the film in sections, with group discussion and performances by Spoken Word artists and others in between.

-Come out and learn how Chapel Hill and the University are caught up in the globalizing force of development, and the discourse that produces certain understandings of progress and progressive.

-Come out and see the amazing power of performance as an intervention in oppressive discourses and practices.

-Come out and help us think about how the stories we tell about ourselves and others have material and real impacts on humans and communities, how contested definitions of sustainability and community come out of different histories.

Greenbridge is a $50 million mixed-use project going up on the Graham, Rosemary and Merritt Mill Road block of Chapel Hill, bordering the Northside neighborhood, one of the few historically African-American communities in Chapel Hill.  The building will be 10 stories high, more than three times as tall as any surrounding building.  As the group started working on their application for a Special Use Permit from the Town Council for their project, they produced a "documentary" of the history of the community, weaving stories of elderly residents in the area and their vision of "sustainability" in the LEED certified building.

Northside, one of Chapel Hill's most historic neighborhoods, has been a community of  African American families for more than a hundred years. It was an active site of Civil Rights activism, a pioneer in public education for African-Americans in the South, and a place known for vital church communities.  In the 90s there was a community push to clean up the neighborhood, which also made it more lucrative for development.  Now student renters and bigger developments like Greenbridge threaten to price out people on fixed income, long-term residents and keep out families from moving to the area.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 2:00pm


103 Bingham Hall, UNC

OrangePolitics 6th birthday


Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 2:00am

Drinking Liberally

Notice via Facebook:

Hey all! Our next meeting will be November 12 at The Station, 7:00 pm. Come on out, we can share stories from the 4th, talk about where to go from here, and fight for jobs in the Obama administration.

See everyone there!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 2:00pm


The Station at Southern Rail, Carrboro

County Goverment the Way It's Supposed to Be

I am new to this Internet community and surprised that there appears to be no conversation about human service needs or human service programs  in Orange County. We certainly seem to have many examples of both.

Last month Orange County government sponsored a day long retreat for the directors of all non-profit human service agencies that receive partial funding from the County. The purpose of the event was to facilitate discussion among non-profit leaders regarding the impact of the economic downturn on the non-profit sector and on the people it serves. The organizers hoped that non-profit leaders would discover new ways to anticipate future challenges and to collaborate on common goals. The meeting was facilitated by experts from the UNC School of Government.

I think this meeting was an example of excellent leadership from County goverment. Orange County makes a consideration financial contribution each year to non-profit human service agencies but, this retreat demonstrated a contribution beyond money.

Bike Karma: ReCYCLEry bike drive at Performance

Do you have a bicycle to donate to the ReCYCLEry? Do your neighbors have bikes lying around, unused and deteriorating? If so, come on out to the ReCYCLEry Bike Drive on Saturday, November 15th, and bring them all!

Performance Bikes has generously offered to host the Bike Drive at their convenient downtown Carrboro location, 404 East Main Street next to the Arts Center. We're going to be there from 11am-3pm rain or shine and if you donate a bike you will get a 10% discount to Performance for the day!


Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 6:00am to 10:00am


Performance Bicycle, 404 East Main Street, Carrboro, 27510

Nov 11 Calendar and Veteran's Day

I was just reminded today is Veterans Day, so I immeadiately contacted my stepson who is an Iraq War Vet. Then I looked on OP to post a calendar event and saw that two very special events were taking place tonight, both topics of which I have strong personal and professional interest.

However, I was also disapointed that Vets Day was chosen as the day for these events. A lot of social injustice and other problems have been committed by our military, but I think it would be good to set aside this day as a day to focus on the justice needs of Vets, rather than -- or at least in addition to -- what these two events are about.

Public Education Session on Carolina North

Via e-mail announcment:


Public Education Session Nov. 19
Chapel Hill Development Proposal

7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 * Chapel Hill Town Hall * 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A Public Educational Session on Carolina North will be held in the Chapel Hill Town Council Chambers at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  At the meeting, a Town representative will explain the review process, and a UNC-Chapel Hill representative will provide an overview of its development proposal and answer questions about its proposal for developing an academic, mixed-use campus.  Upon request, with 5 days notice, the Communications and Public Affairs Department (968-2743) will provide an interpreter for the hearing impaired or any other needed type of auxiliary aid.

Carolina North is expected to cover about 250 acres of the Horace Williams Tract’s 1,000 acres and be built in phases over the next 50 years, as proposed. The property lies just to the north of Estes Drive adjacent to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The Nov. 19 session will focus on providing information about the regulatory tool that has been endorsed by the Town Council and University representatives as the preferred tool for guiding development at Carolina North: establishment of a Development Agreement with a base zoning district. The session is intended to provide information about the anticipated process to negotiate a Development Agreement and base zone, as well as the timeframe for those discussions.  In addition, the University will present information about the Oct. 31, 2008, Carolina North Submission.

For more information, contact the Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department at (919) 968-2728 or Additional material is posted online at



Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 2:00am


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

An NC Progressive, out of country after election day

Interesting to be on the road the day after the election. Vignettes:

1. O'Hare airport the morning after the Grant Park address - a lot of bleary-eyed, happy people; some wore Obama teeshirts, some didn't have to. There were a few perceptible scowls on the faces of some well-dressed road warriors in the First Class line. May or may not have had anything to do with the election.

2. On the flight to Vancouver, sitting next to a man who'd been at Grant Park. He was filled with emotion about it - and he a "well-dressed road warrior" CEO of his own company. He'd walked behind MLK's family at the funeral procession in Georgia and equated being at Grant Park with it as the two most memorable days in his life.

Holiday Parade

From the Jaycees' web site:

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 12:00 noon. Presented by the Chapel Hill Jaycees, the parade this year promises to be a celebration of our community spirit.

We encourage all entries to have a holiday theme and awards will be given for Best of Parade, Most Original, Best Holiday Theme, Most Creative, Best Scout Troop. Our winners put a lot of thought and creativity in their entries and that is what makes this holiday parade so special!


Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 5:00am to 7:00am





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