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"Dream Up Downtown" with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is ramping up YOUR involvement in the Chapel Hill downtown with the "Dream Up Downtown Walks." These walks are moving conversations to explore and engage in our downtown. The walks are on the first Thursday of September, October, November and December, beginning at 6 pm at the University Baptist Church Memorial Garden at the corner of Franklin Street and Columbia Street.

Not Ready to Cheer CH2020

As the June 25 deadline for completion and possible adoption of Chapel Hill’s new comprehensive plan draws near, kudos and congratulatory pats on the back abound. Unfortunately, I am not able to join in the current Chapel Hill 2020 lovefest. While there are many positive points that can be made, the final product is certainly not shaping up to be anything we should celebrate.

CH2020 co-chairs George Cianciolo and Rosemary Waldorf have touted this process of creating a new plan as “our people’s vision” with “a wide-open opportunity to break with the old ways of doing business.” Additionally, at the May 21 Chapel Hill Town Council meeting, there were but a few exceptions to the parade of valentines for the 2020 leadership and town staff.

There is no doubt that a great deal of time and effort on the part of a lot of people went into this thing. I certainly applaud the months of arduous work and self-sacrifice by all of those involved. However, let me suggest an alternative, far less rosy perspective of the 2020 process and its resulting document.

This Week: Just Do It!: A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws! & Deep Green Resistance Roadshow

Do you want to seel real change in the word and in the way we live on this planet?  Are you tired of hearing about species going extinct everyday, methane plumes in the Antarctic, dead zones in the ocean?  Would you like to meet more people like yourself, and create a reinvigorated movement.  If so, then you're in luck, because there are two events coming up this week in Chapel Hill for you!

Thursday  June 21st, free screening of the documentary film Just Do It! A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws 7 p.m.  405 W. Franklin St.@ Internationalist Books

Saturday June 23rd, a presentation by the Deep Green Resistance Roadshow from Wisconsin 7 p.m. @ Internationalist Books 405 W. Franklin St.

 Descriptions below:

Go Chapel Hill - Carrboro Annual Spring Roll Cruiser Ride

Go Chapel Hill - Carrboro presents the Annual Spring Roll Cruiser Ride. Cyclists are invited to meet at the Wallace Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St., at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, for the annual cruiser ride. This no cost event is open to families (2 miles) as well as cruisers (8 miles) to enjoy the spring weather and help promote riding a bike for work, errands and play. There is no registration fee. William Dawson's Band will kick off the evening along with contests, fun and food! Bring your bike, dress it up for the Most Outrageous Bike Contest and wear your most fun cycling clothes!!!

Come and learn how to load your bike onto transit buses from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, at the Farmer's Market at University Mall, 120 S. Estes Drive. Enjoy this no cost workshop, get your name in the hat for a drawing and enjoy a quick tour of a Chapel Hill Transit Bus! If you can't bring a bike, come by anyway. a bike will be provided to show you the technique.

For more information on these events call 919-969-5065.

Date: 

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Wallace Deck, 150 E. Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill

Public Information Meeting on Carolina North Development Agreement

A public information meeting on the Carolina North Development Agreement will be held at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Council Chambers of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A development agreement for UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina North Campus was approved in June 2009. It contains guidelines and standards for the development of the first 3 million square feet of a mixed-use research and academic campus on 133 acres. Planning for the first project, the Collaborative Science Building is under way. The early development at Carolina North will be accessed from Estes Drive Extension and a re-aligned Airport Drive.

The agreement also contains guidelines for the rest of the property that will not be developed in the near future.

The development agreement requires that the Town and University do a periodic assessment of the overall effectiveness of the development agreement. This first assessment must be completed within three years of the agreement, which is June 30, 2012. Town and University staff have prepared the assessment, and it is available at www.townofchapelhill.org/carolinanorth

Town Manager Roger L. Stancil will review the assessment and public input before reporting to the Town Council on his review of the development agreement and its requirements.

Public input is welcome. Comments also may be made at the May 22 meeting or emailed to carolinanorth@townofchapelhill.org. Detailed information is available online at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=900 and http://carolinanorth.unc.edu/. To be added to a mailing list to receive regular updates about the Carolina North development agreement, please contact info@townofchapelhill.org.

Date: 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 5:15pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall

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