Really nervous down there
I am responding to a recent article in the Chapel Hill News regarding the new parking garage at 140 West Franklin.. The article referenced the fact that the lot wasn’t being utilized as much as had been anticipated or desired.
I would like to let you know about my experience with that particular parking garage.
I went into town shortly after the holidays to have my eyeglasses adjusted. The shop where I had purchased the glasses has moved into the building, so I thought it convenient to park down below the shop. It was mid-day.
I entered the garage and was surprised to find there was no attendant in sight, nor was there anyone else in the garage. (I am an older woman, and because of that I try to be very aware of my surroundings, especially in parking decks or garages.) I found the parking garage to be poorly lighted with numerous dark alcoves. To tell you the truth, I was really nervous being down there alone. When I returned to retrieve my car, I was again alone, and now I had to negotiate the payment machine.
I did see a chair with a sign that said “attendant” on it, but there was no one there. I can’t imagine the town is planning to pay someone to sit there all day on a folding chair as an “attendant.” (Or are you?)
I decided as I left this particular parking garage, that I would not ever park there again because I felt so unsafe. I will choose to take my business elsewhere, or go at a time when the weather is good, and I can walk from the Columbia Street lot.
I know I am only one person, but I thought you would like to get some feedback from a consumer. I hope you will at least pay attention to the poor lighting and do something about it.
Regarding “Pros, cons and Cradle concerns, (CHN, http://nando.com/uf)
Thanks for getting fuller information about the relationship to Cat's Cradle, making it clear that the Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center would by no means damage the Cat’s Cradle. The ArtsCenter and Cat’s Cradle have been good and supportive neighbors for almost three decades and would continue to be so were The ArtsCenter to move across the tracks into the Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center.
I hope folks understand that the public hearings on Jan 20 and Feb 3 are just steps in an iterative process that will address the issues in the proposal and result in the best possible plan. This is real democracy at work where it can happen – at the local level.
I think it is helpful to remember that The ArtsCenter invested in Carrboro and owns it building. The Cat’s Cradle rents its space and has not signed a lease since 1999. Full disclosure, I do donate to the Arts Center, because it has chosen to invest in our community and the people that live here. If the Cat’s Cradle would like to make that same investment, I am sure it could become a pillar in the area, too.
Good project gone bad
Since writing my letter about the planned development for the Lloyd property in Carrboro, I have heard from many people. What I learned surprised me, as I had only pieces of the process.
I found that what was originally planned was a shopping center that would capture not only Carrboro dollars, but those from people from the west and those commuting to and from Burlington. The stores would face Highway 54 and leave buffers between the shopping center and the neighborhood. It was appropriate because of the commercial Carrboro Plaza across the street.
But when the plan went through the town process, it was torn to pieces and the purpose was subverted in the name of “mixed use.” The developer cooperated with the citizen advisory boards, each with a different idea until it became a “neighborhood” shopping center even though the area is one of the lowest density in town. Out of the blue, the boards required housing for the project.
The neighbors, who understood and approved the original design were astounded and dismayed at the addition of housing and turning the center from Highway 54 to face the neighborhood. Even more dismayed was the developer, who is not a residential developer and by this time had invested significant funds in the project. But he tried his best to comply and found a residential developer for that piece.
So what started out as a race horse, was transformed into animal with the neck of a giraffe, the trunk of an elephant and legs of a dachshund. And that nobody wanted.
How to remedy this debacle at this late date is problematic. I hope it can be solved for the Lloyds, the neighborhood and the taxpayers of Carrboro.
Simmer down now
As a vegetarian for the last 20 years, all I really want to say is “simmer down folks!” I’m no frequent Bible quoter, but “Let he who is free of sin cast the first stone” seems rather appropriate.
The food chain is an incredibly complex system with way too many moving parts to start ethically judging those who are most connected to its source. Those busy condemning one side of Mr. O’Neal’s practices should look in their own pantry and evaluate the carbon footprint required to transport all that perfect organic food from California, or those perfect apples from New Zealand, or that perfect shade grown coffee from Tanzania. Take caution on your attacks when your own plate comes with plenty of costs as well, or you may find yourself eating your perfect meal all alone.
I don’t eat meat for many reasons, but I’m silly if I think that tofu I love to add to my home-grown veggies doesn’t contribute some adverse effects to the planet. Cheers to our farmers!
Will anyone ask?
Who in the flagship or in the fleet is willing to speak the truth and ask the Board of Governors why they fired Tom Ross?
Who in the community is willing to ask the BOG? Are there UNC system staff leaders who will ask the BOG?
Will anyone ask? Will anyone hold them accountable?
Altha Jane Cravey