A galvanizing event occurred in my life last October 20. I attended a pitch by Chapel Hill’s economic development officer, Dwight Bassett, on the proposed Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment project (EF).
I had always been apathetic about town politics. The Dwight Bassett pitch cured me of my apathy. As I listened, I became increasingly skeptical. EF was a project that would erect seven-story buildings and new roads on a nearby flood plain. Dwight contended that such was necessary to “broaden the tax base,” improve traffic flow, make the area more aesthetic, mitigate current stormwater problems, make the area more walkable, and address affordable housing.
Since that October presentation, I’ve done a lot of study of the EF project and documented my findings on my personal website at bit.ly/1dZybSu
Nothing that I have learned since October has given me any optimism about the project.Stormwater:
Believe the EF hype if you wish, but it’s all empty.