No longer Chapel Hill
I was much distressed to read Sheila Creth’s concerns (CHN, Sept. 18)) about the mindless mushrooming of multi-story monstrosities sprouting up in what used to be a quaint university town of Chapel Hill.
Franklin and Rosemary streets have been particularly infested by this disease of development regardless of its human, aesthetic and environmental consequences. Friends I know who used to visit Chapel Hill for a quiet walk and an enjoyable meal no longer do so, for it is no longer the Chapel Hill they knew.
So much of what that has already gone so high cannot be brought down. But further deterioration of what used to be a wholesome place to walk, eat and relax can be arrested by following Ms. Creth’s thoughtful comments and suggestions. I urge the residents in and around Chapel Hill to raise their voices through this and other public forums to help stop further deterioration of what once used to be the “quaint university town of Chapel Hill.”
Money and greed ruling
I have lived in Chapel Hill since 1959, and I have loved its beautiful surroundings, the civility of its people and its open governance.
It has changed rapidly in recent years to what is best for the developer in order to have the tax revenue from their developments. It doesn’t seem to matter that we have an excess of architecturally ugly apartments.
A former Town Council robbed us of the possibility of a 35-acre park in the Legion Road area. It also passed the form-based code that has deprived us of open hearings on development projects.
We may have some hope with the new Town Council, but so far, I have not seen any action to revise the form-based code to restore to the community knowledge of what is planned in our town.
It seems to me that money and greed are ruling Chapel Hill
Bring back traffic cameras?
Is Chapel Hill’s “broken window” challenge enforcement of North Carolina traffic laws? Daily, egregious violations occur in three domains: speeding, traffic signal violations, and pedestrian safety. Texting adds to dangers posed by these violations.
As a resident of the Franklin-Rosemary Street district, I am particularly sensitive to violations in my neighborhood, though I witness the same elsewhere in town. On Franklin Street, between Boundary and Hillsborough streets, the speed limit is 30 mph, down from 35 mph beginning at Elliott Road. From Hillsborough through town to Merritt Mill Road on into Carrboro, the speed limit drops to 20 mph.
Practical as the next person, I realize the CHPD cannot fine every speeder, yellow-light squeezer, red-light violator, or pedestrian-rule scofflaw. Arguably some speed limits are too low and should be raised to match driving habits, at least so the town does not appear to be totally negligent about traffic law enforcement.
That said, perhaps it is time to reconsider traffic camera implementation at stoplights and include crosswalks. In 2004, Chapel Hill abandoned its camera program on a 5-4 Town Council vote. In 12 years, traffic has worsened. Time again to stop, look, and listen to technological enforcement solutions anew?
Bravo to disability series
I’m just dropping you a note to say how much I appreciate the new columns by local writers living with disabilities. It is a great combination of practical information and heartful essays on how it feels.
Bravo to you and your writers!
Parents, teach your children
Depending on my mood, I pass up to fourschools on my way to work. things I’ve observed:
1. Parents walking their kids to school, holding their hands and dragging them across the middle of the block when there’s a corner or crosswalk nearby.
2. Kids on bikes ignoring stop signs, suddenly changing lanes, not signaling, not looking. (These are elementary school kids.)
3. Parents cycling with their kids, doing the above.
I’m all for kids getting exercise, but teach them to do it SAFELY!
GOP can’t win on merits
Despite court rulings that North Carolina voter ID laws were unconstitutional, Republicans have not rested in their efforts to suppress voter turnout across the state.
NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse made it crystal clear in his “CONFIDENTIAL” email to county board of elections members two weekends ago that their goal is to put as many limitations on ballot access as possible.
The Republicans understand that the only way they can win this November is by further disenfranchising African-American voters in any way possible. They can’t win on their merits, so they’re trying to win on a technicality.
We cannot stand by idly while the Republicans in office distort the Constitution and purposely try to discourage minority voter participation. For this reason, in November, I will be voting for Democrats who have fought for my rights tirelessly and encouraged democracy through advocating for increased voter participation.
No way any song can fail
Regarding “New season, new home for PopUp Chorus” (CHN, Sept. 18):
We did “Once in a Lifetime” early in my conducting, and I think the thing that’s most important really is happening before the video is even made.
When everyone in the room is there and in the mood to have fun, and we all can celebrate the process of trying something together – there's no way any song can fail!
It’s so exciting to get ready for this fall season with our new Carrboro team! Hoping to see lots of familiar faces and new folks.
Note: The writer is one of the conductors for PopUp Chorus.
Repeal this law
I am disgusted by the finger-pointing over HB2. Since Gov. McCrory and the Republican legislature passed this disastrous law, North Carolina has lost thousands of jobs and $395 million. The costs continue to climb, now that the NCAA and the ACC have canceled their tournaments here.
Gov. McCrory and the Republicans wrote and signed this bill in just 12 hours back in March. Since then, the damage to North Carolina’s economy and our reputation have continued to grow.
McCrory initially claimed the whole thing was a vast left-wing conspiracy. Now he says it’s a national issue and we need to wait for the courts to decide.
McCrory needs to repeal this terrible law. We can’t afford to wait, and we certainly can’t afford any more of Governor McCrory’s finger-pointing.