Merritt Crossing Redux

Yesterday I received a call from a woman who lives in a tent she assembled in the woods east of the railroad tracks near land that Chapel Hill purchased from the estate of Leo Merritt. I have known her for several years and she has been a part of the downtown Carrboro community for a long time. I had mixed emotions about what she had to say. She is moving next month to be with another member of her family in a nearby state. On the one hand, I am happy for her that she will (presumably) have more formal housing arrangements, but on the other hand I will miss seeing her around Carrboro.

Carolina North Update Meeting

On Chapelboro.com:

 Posted: Saturday, 14 January 2012 11:05AM

Carolina North Meeting To Provide Development Updates Thursday

CHAPEL HILL - UNC is inviting members of the public to attend a meeting this week to learn about the latest updates on the development of Carolina North.

The event will include the discussion of topics of construction of the utilities duct bank, inclusion of a methane gas pipeline and the design of a greenway. The design of a research building, which will be the first to be built at the site, will also be a focus of the meeting.

UNC staff members will also discuss a proposed modification of conservation areas near the development area.

The meeting will be held on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Conference Room of the Giles F. Horney Building at 103 Airport Drive.

Free parking will be available outside the building and the Chapel Hill Transit NU route will provide transportation to and from the site.


Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 5:30pm


Giles F. Horney Building at 103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill

Follow-Up to "Open Letter to Kevin Wolff"

While I have this semester break, I thought I'd take the time to follow-up on the last blog entry I wrote addressing mayoral candidate Kevin Wolff and his...allegations. I sent a copy of what I had written directly to the campaign of Kevin Wolff and was promptly told by him (or his staff) in so many words that "with age and understanding",  I would one day learn not to be judgmental and that if he becomes elected, he will implement a 2 year plan to get Chapel Hill's homeless of the streets by meeting with each and every individual to address their personal issues (in which he invited me to get involved). 

Online Petition in support of Human Rights Center at Abbey Court (possibly being shut down after tomorrow)

Preserve Rural Orange continues to raise questions about UNC's animal research facility



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