Friday, September 26, 2008

2.5 mile radius circle around Market Street

This is what 2.5 miles looks like when drawn as the radius of a circle around the center of Market Street in Southern Village.

"Singers showcase banned music" - Daily Tar Heel

Events like this one are well within 2 miles (i.e., 45 minute maximum walk) of Southern Village.

We don't think about that often enough in Southern Village, I believe.

I attended. Anyone else from Southern Village in the 50 or so people who were there?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"UNC Chapel Hill Police"

This page from UNC Public Safety includes "Breaking News" when there is some related to UNC, and of likely interest to people living or working in or around Southern Village.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

"Community Design Commission Agenda" - Town of Chapel Hill

Here is the agenda for the Commission's review of the Market Street parking lot concept plan.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

"Trop de pharmacies ?" - France 3 Méditerranée

This is an article in French talking about complaints that in southeastern France the area known there as the PACA region, there are simply too many pharmacies. This is not a problem from which we suffer in Southern Village, or is it? Our closest pharmacies - other than a few homeopathic/natural items at Weaver Street Market (anything I am missing?) - are CVS at Cole Park Plaza, Rite Aid in Glen Lennox, CVS in Carrboro and the independent pharmacies in Chapel Hill. Am I missing anything else in the area? Here is the list from a Google Maps search:

Categories: Pharmacies, Photo Finishing Retail

CVS/pharmacy‎ - more info »
11314 Us 15-501 North, Chapel Hill, NC - (919) 929-5664‎
2 reviews - Write a review
"I can actually say say that thier pharmacist saved my husband's life. I went ..."
CVS Pharmacy: Carrboro‎ - more info »
100 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC - (919) 929-0329‎
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Rite Aid‎ - more info »
602 Jones Ferry Rd # G, Carrboro, NC - (919) 942-0933‎
1 review - Write a review
CVS/pharmacy‎ - more info »
200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro, NC - (919) 929-2181‎
1 review - Write a review
CVS Pharmacy: Front Store‎ - more info »
300 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC - (919) 929-7306‎
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Sutton's Drug Store‎ - more info »
159 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC - (919) 942-5161‎
6 reviews - Write a review
"You can eat here, too! Sutton's is a great old-fashioned drug store on Franklin Street--the kind ..."
Institute of Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Association‎ - more info »
109 Church St, Chapel Hill, NC - (919) 967-2237‎
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Eckerd‎ - more info »
1218 Raleigh Rd, Chapel Hill, NC - (919) 968-3777‎
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UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy‎ - more info »
CB#7360Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7360
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Carrboro Family Pharmacy‎ - more info »
104 Nc Highway 54 # J, Carrboro, NC - (919) 933-7629‎
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"Tucson Man Harvests Rainwater" - NPR

Can we do better in Southern Village collecting rainwater instead of relying entirely on OWASA? I am sure we can.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Builders of Hope" moving offices to Southern Village

This organization is about to move its offices into the building where John EDWARDS campaign headquarters had been housed. It looks to me that they do some really interesting things, and I am anxious to learn more about what they do. There is a good deal of information on the website for those of us who want to know more of the story!

Subway on the verge of opening

I stopped in today to meet the owner of the new Subway on Market Street. He is Abdul ALMASRI and he has been working with Subway for about 10 years, previously in Raleigh and now he and his partner have a second Subway on Jones Ferry Rd in Carrboro. The place looks nearly finished and he may open for business as early as tomorrow; if not, in coming days!

Today - 18 Sep - I see that the Subway has an OPEN sign out front.

New stage structure coming....

If you are on Market Street, you will see that the aluminum structure that supported the movie screen at the end of the Green is no longer there. According t John FUGO, it is about to be replaced with a more permanent steel version that will solve some of the production problems encountered with the aluminum version. The music and movies will continue!

"8 charged in Orange slaying, kidnapping" -

This is a very sad story no matter how you look at it.

The reason I have added it here is that it has a connection to the alleged rape of a woman in Southern Village in 2006, as explained in the story. I had not focused on the name of the accused at the time.

I feel like I have a small connection to the story as we have been customers at Minton's garage on Rte 54 for many years.

Let's hope that justice in this tragedy is meted out fairly.

See also this story in the Daily Tar Heel.

"The Platform: First Run Movies"

How will this impact The Lumina?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The environment

How are we doing as a community in respecting the environment? What grade would Southern Village get, both the commercial area, and all the other components of the community, perhaps even including the new Southern Community Park? When I saw some lights on, unnecessarily, in one of the buildings on Market Street, it made me wonder. When I see people putting out for garbage that which can and should be recycled, it disappoints me. When I see all of the big cars riding about our roads with only one person in them, I am outraged. How do we pressure all of us to do better?

"Google Maps"

The link here is set to Google Maps at Market Street in Southern Village. One of the features there that I only discovered today is the ability to seek directions by walking. In checking a couple of destinations, I see that the routing is quite different for the trip by car than for the walking route. For those who value the walking accessibilty of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, this could be a useful tool.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Social networks

With so many social, internet-based, networks operating today, is any one of them tying Southern Village residents together better than the others?

"Performance Artist Writes 'Mother on Fire'" - NPR

This is interesting for someone like me without kids at Scroggs. It ought to be interesting to those who do as well.

It prompts me to wonder about the number of kids who live in Southern Village, or within a mile or two of Scroggs who go to a non-public school instead.

Just what is it that prompts their parents to leave the public school system and enroll their kids in a private instituion?

Is it a matter of religion?


Dissatisfaction with Scroggs?

Every kid is exceptional in the eyes of her or his parents. That's not sufficient reason for me to comprehend why public schools are good enough for most, but not good enough for some who can afford to send their kids elsewhere.

Our trail

When the trail opens to the new Southern Community Park, we will be privileged to have a wonderful stretch of path for walking, running, bike riding, etc. What are the plans to continue the trail south? To the north, with the Morgan Creek project, it is a little more clear where it may go, including the planned work on South Columbia Street. Plans to the east? To the west?


Where did the mushrooms come from that seem to be sprouting all over Southern Village? All the rain? Any health concerns? Any dangers to children or pets?

"Shopzilla - Comparison shopping online"

How do we bring a tool like down to the level of Market Street in Southern Village? How do we make the power of the web work harder for the merchants and businesses of Southern Village?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

"Miles of Aisles for a Gallon of Milk? Not Here" -

Opportunity or threat for Southern Village?

Fordham Boulevard

Here is Town Council Member Sally GREENE's report on discussions last night at the Town Council meeting. The potential work to be done on Fordham Boulevard will affect all of us in Southern Village - as drivers on the that road, as walkers and bikers in the area, and - most important - as people concerned about our making wise and environmentally supportive choices about our transportation infrastructure.

"2. The 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan. Federal regulations require the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) to update the Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan every three years. The plan includes all roadway, transit, bicycle and sidewalk improvements that are anticipated for a minimum period of 20 years. Our plan for 2035 is approaching a completion date in December of this year. For the staff report, see are now in the public comment period. Please see the following write-up by George Cianciolo, chair of our Planning Board, for details of upcoming opportunities to make your opinions known. way the plan works, there are several options proposed for ways to respond to the projected growth in population and traffic: (1) intensive highway, (2) intensive fixed guideway, (3) intensive multimodal, and (4) moderate multimodal. A topic of last night's Council discussion focused on Fordham Boulevard, which, as we all know, is terribly congested at the moment; and as development continues in Chatham County, this road is tending to become even more of a freeway. Please, note that the "intensive highway" option anticipates a widening of Fordham Boulevard, all the way down to the 15-501 exit toward Pittsboro, to six lanes. In my view, this is not a desired outcome! Already we know that Fordham Boulevard has the effect of splitting parts of our community in two. Thanks to the efforts of the Fordham Boulevard Safety Committee, we have identified a need for a pedestrian bridge near the Manning Drive intersection, and that project remains a priority for the Council.If this is an issue that's important to you, please make your opinion known through one of the venues identified in George's posting above. The earliest opportunity is today at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 4-7 p.m."

"Maintenance Activities at Merritt Pasture"

This is an agenda item from yesterday's Town Council meeting regarding Merritt Pasture, one of the places that makes Southern Village and its environs so attractive. We should all be familiar with what is happening there. Thanks to Council Member Sally GREENE for calling attention to this.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Cars on the street

I've noticed a lot of people in Southern Village parking their cars in front of their houses instead of in their driveways or garages.

There is, of course, nothing "illegal" about this, but I think it takes a lot away from the neighborhood. That said, D.R. BRYAN often parks his truck in front of his house, so I can hardly argue that the designers intended to keep all cars off the street....but I hope everyone will think about how much nicer the street looks without cars parked on it, at least those drivers who seem to have adopted the street as the default parking place.

Friday, September 05, 2008

"All posts tagged 'newspapers at the belted goat'" - Fearrington Village Chatter

Can't we say the same thing about several places in Southern Village?

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

"1 Bag at a Time"

This site was on the tag that came with the new Weaver Street Market shopping bags that have been given to members and sold to others. There is a lot of good information here, and I certainly hope that other businesses in Chapel Hill will follow Weaver Street Market's wonderful example. Next move for WSM is to eliminate all plastic bags unless the customer pays, let's say, $.50/each.