Carr Mill inaccessible
After reading Eunice Brock’s letter about difficulty accessing handicapped parking at Carr Mill Mall (CHN, Dec. 4) I was moved to anger in general about accessing the building as well.
There are not sufficient parking spots close to the building for those with disabilities, and I have seen cars parked illegally in those spots as recently as last week. There is often no way to easily enter the mall without assistance for those with disabilities without asking another person for assistance.
Carrboro needs to be more active in enforcing handicapped parking laws, and Carr Mill Mall needs to install at least one automatically accessible entrance. Being a historic building does not preclude trying to be at least somewhat compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. I would encourage Ms. Brock and anyone else who has encountered difficulty with access to Carr Mill Mall to contact Disability Rights North Carolina and the town of Carrboro as well.
Paul W. Popish
Parking situation ‘repulsive’
The Chapel Hill News featured two recent headlines “Study: Carbboro Should Maximize Existing Parking” and “Expert: Make Downtown Sticky.” I would suggest that Chapel Hill/Carborro start by not making downtown repulsive.
What’s repulsive about our wonderful town, you ask? Here’s one thing: “Parking for X only. If towed call XXX-XXXX.”
Yesterday I got in and out of downtown as fast as possible (5 minutes) because I was illegally parked in a half-empty fast-food parking lot with threatening signs. I wasn’t really scared of a 1 percent chance of a $100-plus cost; but I was scared of the 1 percent chance of having my day ruined by zealous guardians of empty asphalt.
The Chapel Hill News quoted a transportion planner (Tresohlavy) recommending “Rather than have these spaces sit empty in the evenings ... town leaders should work with business owners to make private lots available after hours.” Exactly! Then I wouldn’t be driven by the tow trucks to the outlying business centers circling town that have sufficient parking (such as Southern Village, Meadowmont, Timberlyne, University Mall). Parking needs to be obvious and plentiful for people to come downtown.
Light rail numbers don’t work
The headline of a recent guest column by local elected leader says “We have come too far to give up on light rail now.”
Inertia is NEVER a sound reason for continuing a project. Ever.
If anything has put “years of careful planning in jeopardy” it’s that the underlying assumptions of said planning have changed. Dramatically. As in Financials.
I know of no public infrastructure project that has come in ahead of schedule and under budget. This one hasn’t even started yet, and costs are rising as fast as sources are shrinking.
Regardless of the pluses and minuses of the original concept, the numbers no longer work, and will likely work less going forward. The years of careful planning have been overrun by current realities. Game over.
The transportation and traffic problems will still exist, and still need to be addressed. Progress has been made in other areas with more appropriate measures. DOLRT, however, is continuing on a path of rapidly diminishing value. The sooner we refocus on alternative solutions, the sooner we’ll have a solution.
If you can’t afford it you don’t do it, and the elected officials that cannot face this reality and move forward swiftly and creatively will not get my vote in the future.
Let’s dance on Legion land
Many years ago, in downtown Chapel Hill, there was the University Presbyterian Student Center, which hosted the Triangle Country Dancers and the Chapel Hill International Folk Dance Club, until they decided they needed the space for non-dance activities. The Friday night TCD, the larger of the two groups (200-plus dancers), has been floating around to various odd buildings since then.
The CHIFDC group (30 to 70 dancers) moved into the Umstead Park building, in Chapel Hill, until the building burned down. It was not replaced. The Umstead Park location was not a great space, but the building’s floor was not a concrete slab. A floating dance floor has to be suspended on floor joists. CHIFDC moved to Durham, renting the Freeman Center for Jewish Life for 20 to 40 dancers attending on a weekly basis, year round. The synagogue is discussing removing the building, which means, in one to two years, we will lose our dance space, again.
We’d hoped the Senior Center would build in a dance floor, but they installed a basement gym on CONCRETE, unsuitable for dancing, unless you don’t mind destroying your joints and tendons! Chapel Hill builds basketball courts for 10 teenage players, but won’t build a suspended dance floor, of similar size to fit 50 to 200 dancers, to provide intergenerational dance recreation? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Chapel Hill decided to buy the Legion land to build a building with a dance floor?
Sarah K. McIntee
The idea of “peace on earth, goodwill to men” is a universal wish to all peoples. If we could find peace, the world would be a happier place. The Muslims, Jews, gentiles, protestants and Catholics would be friends.
We have come to celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Jewish baby born 2,000 years ago. Yet we find little peace, with anti-Semitic remarks and hatred shown toward Jewish people. My headmistress in high school would have no prejudice shown by the girls at Collegiate, a Presbyterian school in Richmond, Virginia. She was very strict about how we treated people. The war years were cold and bleak, but we treated everyone (Jew, Gentile, Black or White) with kindness.
Richmond had a great influx of Jewish refugees and the well-heeled Jewish population gave loans with no interest for people to set up businesses. We got our first deli (The New York Deli) with meats hanging in the windows. That in Richmond was unique at the time. Everyone went to try Jewish food.
Now we are back to name-calling and disrespectful language, Hitler slogans and Nazi symbols. I thought I left that behind and America had grown up.
Can’t we, as a nation, grow up and stop hating people of the Jewish faith. I lived through the years of Hitler’s hate and all of its terror. We don’t need to return to those days. This is supposed to be a peaceful time, a time when mankind respects all peoples and is concerned for others, yet once again we have anti-Semitic slogans and cat-calling against our Jewish population. It seems the very worst of the Christian population manifests itself.
I remember standing by Thalheimer’s window on 6th Street in Richmond and watching the figures under a big tree with lights and bulbs. The windows were always beautifully done. I felt happy in spite of the cold and the war. We had not forgotten to share with our Jewish friends at school. Now, almost a century later, the same thing happens – anti-Semitism raises its ugly head once again.
Regarding the column “A case for restoring undocumented drivers’ licenses,” (CHN, Nov. 30):
It seems like a lot of complex problems being caused by one simple issue: uncontrolled immigration.
Stop allowing illegal immigrants into the country and all of these other issues go away. Let them immigrate by the legal process like so many other have. If they are unwilling to respect our national laws why do you think they would respect our transit laws?
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