Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Go Green" - North Carolina Public Radio WUNC


"Be the Journalist: Where to Share" - The Local - Maplewood Blog -

It would be nice to get people in Southern Village and environs thinking about things we'd like to do that we are not, as a community, and things we shouldn't be doing that we are...... Feel free to add them here or anywhere else of your choosing!

"He Delivers Christmas Trees for Rent" -

What a great idea for Southern Village to do next December!

"Antismoking Program in Mass. Draws Attention" -

Why don't we declare Southern Village to be a non-smoking community? Of course, we cannot enforce that, but, still, some signs spread around the place declaring it so would be a very good thing, I think.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Giorgio Carbone, Elected Prince of Seborga, Dies at 73" - Obituary (Obit) -

Anything for Southern Village to learn here? I have been to Seborga and can only imagine......

Southern Village HOA

When we first moved here 10 years ago, we had a printed directory of almost everyone else who was living here, and that was updated for a couple of years. Then it stopped.

More recently, I recall that there was an electronic directory of some sort, but I cannot find it on the Southern Village Home Owners Association site. Is it still there, somewhere?

It's hard to imagine having much of a community if we have no way of knowing who all of our Southern Village neighbors are, is it?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

"Solar panels causing some storms" -

"Critics: Path too close to creek" - Chapel Hill News

Cars parked on streets?

When we moved here ten years ago, it was impressive to see that every car had a place to go and that it went there most of the time. Now, the situation has changed. Maybe there are more cars. I hope that is not true but I fear it may be.

What seems more common, though, is that people are parking their cars on the street and not in their garages. This may be pure laziness in some cases. It may be packrats who have filled up their garages to the point of their being no room for their cars.

In any case, it takes a lot away from the streets of Southern Village and I, for one, wish people would put their often very large polluting machines in the garage where they belong and keep them there for every possible minute that they can!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Serenbe Community

May be some things for Southern Village to learn from this place?

Friday, December 11, 2009

"Zipcar - UNC, Chapel Hill"

Is anyone in or near Southern Village making use of this?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Town of Chapel Hill : Municipal Parking

This is a useful map of downtown showing both parking lots and metered parking spaces for those times when walking or taking the bus downtown is not possible.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

"Driven to Distraction - Promoting the Car Phone, Despite Risks" - Series -

Southern Community Park

How does the Town measure success of the park? With rare exceptions, any time that I walk through the park, the only facility in use is the playground area.

Does the Town calculate any utilization numbers?

Shouldn't we be trying to get more people out there using it?

It increasingly seems to me that tremendous opportunities were lost in not providing facilities that individuals can use as opposed to teams, and the frisbee throwing course seems to be falling into disrepair fueled by lack of use.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Brown Alumni Magazine - Car Wreck

Lots to think about here for all the cars, especially the SUVs, that travel our streets far more often than necessary.

Leaf removal cost?

I wonder what it costs Chapel Hill (us) to have all of the trucks run around our streets sweeping the gutters clear of leaves in front of everyone's home? Imagine how much we would save if everyone simply picked up and composted the leaves in front of their homes. There are not many gutters in Chapel Hill that collect leaves naturally that are not in front of someone's home. As the saying goes, if everyone cleans the street in front of their house, the street will be clean. No wasted fuel for the truck, no expense, lots more compost!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

"Solar Street Lights-Solar Street Lighting"

What a great way to imagine adding more street lights to Southern Village!

Homeless crimes map

Another useful look at our community in this map from the Daily Tar Heel.

"The cost of green" -

Chapel Hill business break-ins....

This map is from the Daily Tar Heel.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"Denmark and Better Place in Ambitious Test for Electric Cars" -

I wonder what we know about how hard it would be to replicate a program of this sort in and around Southern Village? How far do the cars of our area normally travel? Would there have to be a central charging station? How would that work? It sure would help us all to understand this issue better to map out exactly what would change here - given current technology - if most people switched to electric vehicles.

" High Speed Mobile - Wireless Internet Service Provider"

Just FYI, in case anyone was wondering... It looks like Southern Village and vicinity are covered. I put in our Graylyn Drive address and it says we are in the zone.

Has anyone signed up yet? Reactions?

South Orange Rescue Squad

I'd like to understand better the relationship between the South Orange Rescue Squad and service to Southern Village and environs. If we call 911, do they respond? Or, only if needed? Just how do they relate to us? Perhaps someone knows?

Comments from a friend

A friend who has just moved to Southern Village from another state, and originally, another country had some interesting comments to make about Southern Village.

One was how expensive are the products on sale at Weaver Street Market.

The other was how disappointing it is to find no bus service from Chapel Hill Transit on the weekends.

Sure seems like fair and accurate comment to me.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Street lights

I love our street lights in Southern Village and nearby. In fact, I wish we had twice as many, or even more. It's a long, dark distance between too many of them.

That said, I wonder if the lights are either compact fluorescent of LED or some comparable technology?

And how much does it cost to keep them lit for a year?

I think we should at least know the answers to those two questions.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Merlion Restaurant

I thought I would simply call attention to some of the websites for people and organizations in or near Southern Village. When I have time, I may add a little commentary....


I think it is wonderful to see money contributed to the Ronald McDonald House. That's what the light-a-luminary effort says it is designed to do and money has indeed been contributed from Southern Village and vicinity.

We got a mailing from the project a week or so ago, and I wonder if spending the 44 cents on a letter to all (I am assuming this went to everyone) is the best way to make the largest contribution. Imagine, instead, that this became a project to see how much we could raise in Southern Village and environs for the House without spending money on mailings and without the fleeting but time consuming exercise of lighting a bunch of candles.

It seems to me that the focus ought to be on raising money instead of lighting candles.

Leaf composting

Why would anyone who lives in or near Southern Village want to put their leaves out at the curb for pickup by the town or county? Why not compost all of them and then spread the resulting compost in your yards in a month or two? What's so difficult about that?

I was amazed today in walking around Southern Village to see the number of homes with leaves piled in front. It's worth making a picture album with each house identified so we can talk more about this.

"Welcome to NC54-I40 Corridor Study"

I'd hazard a guess that everyone who lives or works in Southern Village, or nearby, has a stake in this.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Nature trail and frisbees

I tested out the "nature trail" today, so marked on the Fan Branch Trail behind Scroggs School. It was not clear where it went, but I walked along encountering a number of the frisbee baskets, for whatever that game is called. What I did not encounter was anyone playing this game.

Do we have a map of the "trail" anywhere?

Why do we have the frisbee course if no one uses it? Or am I missing the frisbee rush hour somehow?

Hello and Bonjour

I divide my professional and personal time between Southern Village and a quartier of Nice in France called Mont Boron.

The similarities and differences continue to fascinate me.

One of the notable differences, however, seems to be lessening.

In France, as I walk about our hilltop, covered with pines and wild olive trees, I pass a few more - but not many more - people than I pass out walking the sidewalks of Southern Village. When I say hello to someone in France, the reaction is often one of being startled as I do not know the person. Recently, my sense is that this has changed. On my last trip, people seemed to go out of their way to say hello. I don't want to overstate this; most did not, but a few really seemed determined to make the effort to exchange a bonjour.

When we moved to Southern Village ten years ago, we were struck by how friendly people seemed to be...both the native North Carolinians and those of us who had moved to town. Recently, my sense here, too, is that things are changing. When I was out for a walk yesterday and today, one couple - whom I know - barely said hello as I greeted them by name. Several whom I passed seemed not to respond at all to my hi or hello. And most simply mumbled in response. Only a few seemed to be uttering a very friendly response.

So, bravo for France, and less so for Southern Village.

"Driven to Distraction - A High-Tech Nanny to Cut Off Cellphones" - Series -

What a great notion - disabling the driver's cellphone when behind the wheel and driving! If the jerks who talk on phones and drive cannot be convinced to change their habits, this is a great way to protect the rest of us.

"Op-Ed Columnist - What Makes Cities Live" -

Friday, November 20, 2009

"Town of Chapel Hill North Carolina Executive Summary"

The Morgan Creek Trail project....set for action Monday night.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Editorial Observer - Individualism, Identity and Bicycles in Northern California" -

And in Southern Village?

Reusable bags

I just added my vote to a poll on the CVS site. The results appear below and I wonder if the numbers are much different for the CVS on 15-501?

"Do you shop with a reusable bag at CVS/Pharmacy?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Speed display?

I was just driving through a town here in France that has erected a permanent device - not very big - on a lamp pole that tells drivers how fast they are going. We see this in NC from time to time, but it is usually only temporary and usually quite large and obtrusive.

Imagine if we could pick the road in Southern Village where there seems to be the most speeding, and erect such a device - with the Town's permission of course? As I watched cars pass this device here in France, almost all of them slowed down.

Monday, November 09, 2009

"Transportation For America » Dangerous By Design: Most Dangerous Large Metro Areas for Pedestrians"

Has any pedestrian died in Southern Village in a traffic accident? Note the ranking of Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area. I think we are in a Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area but I cannot find anything online that gives a map of the two metropolitan .... or one or the other.


Southern Village was built at the cost of thousands of trees. So, too, the widening of 15-501, and the Southern Community Park.

How about we now take a tree census? Yes, let's count all of the trees in Southern Village and some defined set of environs and then keep track. If one or many come down for some reason, let's look for ways to replace thenm somewhere else.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Chapel Hill Beat | Crime

"The Backlash Against Cyclists" - Bay Area Blog -

How do we get cyclists in Chapel Hill to obey traffic rules? That includes stopping when you get to one of those red signs so indicating!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

"OWASA seeks comments on November 11th regarding draft Update of Long-Range Water Supply Plan"

"NEWS RELEASE November 5, 2009

OWASA invites all customers to participate in a Community Meeting on Wednesday night, November 11th regarding the draft Update of our Long-Range Water Supply Plan.

The meeting will begin at 7 PM; will be held in the Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; and will be televised on local cable channel 18.

OWASA staff drafted the update in light of the severe droughts in 2001-02 and 2007-08 and significant reductions in water demand in recent years. Key items in the draft update include:

· OWASA’S existing Cane Creek/University Lake/Quarry Reservoir system can meet the community’s needs substantially further into the future than previously thought.

· Expansion of the Quarry Reservoir west of Carrboro continues to offer the most cost-effective increment of additional supply and will provide full control of a substantial amount of high quality water with minimal capital investment. An expanded Quarry Reservoir is expected to meet most anticipated water supply needs for the 50-year planning period.

· OWASA should develop agreements with neighboring utilities to secure the permanent ability to purchase or sell water under appropriate conditions of supply and demand. Except for the expanded Quarry Reservoir, temporary purchases offer the most cost-effective option evaluated, especially for the infrequent times and limited amounts of water that may be needed in the next 25 years or more. Purchase agreements also provide mutual support when critical facilities are out of service due to maintenance, equipment failure, severe weather, etc.

· All customer groups have significantly reduced their water consumption in recent years. OWASA also began operating a new reclaimed wastewater system serving the University, promoted conservation with seasonal and increasing block water rates and public information, and implemented “process” water recycling at the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant.

· Investing in an expansion of OWASA’s reclaimed water system or establishing financial incentive programs, such as plumbing fixture rebates, to promote additional conservation is substantially less cost-effective than other options evaluated.

“The Long-Range Water Supply Plan Update presents a positive future for the community we serve. Through aggressive, conservation-focused actions, future generations will be able to enjoy a reliable supply of high quality drinking water with far less capital investment than predicted nine years ago,” said Ed Holland, OWASA’s Planning Director.

The Draft Water Supply Plan Update and a summary of it are available on OWASA’s website,, and paper copies will be provided on request.

For more information:

Ed Holland, Planning Director, 537-4215; e-mail:
PHONE: (919) 968-4421; FAX: (919) 968-4464

"Halloween in Southern Village" - A Blog Around The Clock

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009

"Portland Establishes Climate Action Plan" - Green Inc. Blog -

Why can't we set up our own community compostable collection plan? I could imagine a bicycle driven cart that could make the rounds with volunteers picking up compostable materials and dumping them in a place to be selected in Southern Village. Skip the not in my backyard argument; we've got plenty of places where we could pu this.

We should also run down the full list in this report and see what we could adapt to Southern Village and environs.

Frankly, I see no reason why we cannot act on most of them in our own way, in cooperation with the town of Chapel Hill and Orange County and North Caorlina, plus any federal government considerations.

"Driven to Distraction - Britain Sets Tough New Laws for Texting While Driving" - Series -

Any driver driving around Southern Village, or anywhere else, using a hand held electronic device is both stupid and selfish. It's a combination that leads to people dying. If the state of North Caorlina is not going to do what it should in banning all such use, we should be telling these jerks (the only term that describes them well) - our neighbors - to stop it. It's not a matter for debate; it's something that we all have the power to change either one-by-one or, even better, by act of our legislature.

So if you see a driver pick up a phone while driving, just say no, and/or get out of the vehicle if you are a passenger.

Fortunately, more and more people are realizing that on this issue there is only one right way to approach it - ban all handheld use while operating a motor vehicle.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


I watched a program here in France about the relatively new Slow City movement as it is happening in one Turkish city. Is this something we should be considering for Southern Village and Chapel Hill? I don't mean joining this specific network necessarily or at all - but rather, adopting some of the ideas that are behind the movement, an offshoot of the Slow Food movement, also originating in Italy. Indeed, here is that piece and it happens to have been on the BBC, in English.

"Bringing Fresh Produce to the Corner Store" -

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation" - Green Inc. Blog -

Note the estimate here that NC could meet 28% of its energy needs with rooftop solar installations. The full report here says we can generate 8% of our need from ONshore windpower and 200% from offshore. It goes on to show land area required for the solar application (.49%) and then other figures for geothermal, etc.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"21st Annual RSVVP Day" - The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

It's nice to see at least two - Merlion and Weaver Street Market - Southern Village eating spots participating in this program.

UNC library events

We are lucky to live within easy walking distance of UNC. Here are some upcoming events at the library there that might be of interest, and well worth the walk!

"Southern Historical Collection Book Series
Monday, November 2, 2009
Devin Fergus will speak about his book Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965-1980.
5:00 pm Reception and exhibit viewing, Melba Remig Saltarelli Room, Wilson Library5:45 pm Talk, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Gallery Talk - We Shall Not Be Moved
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A gallery talk given by Holly Smith, lead curator of the exhibit We Shall Not Be Moved. Come hear more about the people, places, events, and themes represented in the exhibit.
2:00 pm Gallery talk, Melba Remig Saltarelli Room, Wilson Library
Ediciones Vigia, Handmade Books from Cuba
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A talk by Linda S. Howe, Wake Forest University, as part of a month-long celebration of Cuba sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Americas. For more information on the speaker and the event click here.
5:00-6:30 pm Lecture, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
Archie Green Memorial Symposium
**Saturday, November 21, 2009 (please note date change)**
Symposium in honor of folklorist Archie Green. The event will include panel discussions, reminiscences, and performances. The Southern Folklife Collection is co-sponsoring this event with the American Studies Department. This event is free, but registration is required. For more information about the event and how to register click here.
9:00 am-5:00 pm Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
Comics and Graphic Novels
Saturday, November 21, 2009
A panel discussion hosted by the Rare Book Collection.
11:00 am-1:00 pm Rare Book Reading Room, Wilson Library
From the Living Writers course
Distinguished Visiting Writer - Andrea Barrett
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Andrea Barrett is the author of six novels, most recently The Air We Breathe, and two collections of short fiction, Ship Fever, which received the National Book Award, and Servants of the Map, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A MacArthur Fellow, she has also been a Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and has received Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. 5:30 pm University Room, Hyde Hall"

How much more expensive is or is not Weaver Street Market?

I wonder if anyone has tried to calculate what a week's worth of groceries for a family of 1-4 people might be if bought entirely at Weaver Street Market v. driving to whatever one considers to be the lowest price option, perhaps Food Lion or even COSTCO. In other words, if you bought everything you need for a week at Weaver Street Market and bought the same things at a perceived lower price competitor, what would the price difference be?

"Got Milk? Yes, at My Doorstep" - Cranky Consumer -

Is it possible to get milk delivered in Southern Village? Sure, that means potentially one more vehicle on the streets, but there are offsetting considerations. In any case, we shoudl all know if this service is available and then we can make our individual choices.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What are our schools doing to drive sustainable initiatives at home and in the community?

We have (as far as I know - having no children in any of them) three excellent schools serving Southern Village and its environs. They are Scroggs elementary, Culbreth middle, and Carrboro high.

Since much change is often driven from the young people of commuinties, I wonder what sustainability programs and projects are part of the school curriculum - or just available there - that might have, or could have, an impact on the community starting with the homes of the students? In other words, are kids coming home with projects to do that involve energy conservation, exercise, nutrition, etc? And what has been the experience with such initiatives if they exist? What are the schools open to consider by way of new efforts to help drive a more sustainable community through the active involvement of teachers and students?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Op-Ed Columnist - Changing the World -

This is an excellent column.

What Bob HERBERT says about politics and government in general applies specifically to environmental and sustainability issues related to life in and around Southern Village. It's worth reading it with that thought in mind.

"Obama putting $3.4B toward 'smart' power grid" - Future of Energy-

Here are the North Carolina projects on the list. It does not look like any will affect us in Southern Village, at least not directly?

"Duke Energy Carolinas LLC Charlotte, NC
Install 45 phasor measurement units in substations across the Carolinas and upgrade communications infrastructure and technology at the corporate control center.

Duke Energy Business Services LLC Charlotte, NC with addtl. benefits in IN and OHComprehensive grid modernization for Duke Energy’s Midwest electric system encompassing Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Includes installing open, interoperable, two-way communications networks, deploying smart meters for 1.4 million customers, automating advanced distribution applications, developing dynamic pricing programs, and supporting the deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.

Progress Energy Service Company, Raleigh, NC with addtl. benefits in SCBuild a green Smart Grid virtual power plant through conservation, efficiency and advanced load shaping technologies, including installation of over 160,000 meters across its multi-state service area."

UNC's "energy use policy"

Monday, October 26, 2009

"Police Cite 7,500 Drivers for Cellphone Use" - City Room Blog -

They surely ought to be equally illegal in NC, and in Southern Village especially.

"Rethinking Laundry in the 21st Century" - Room for Debate Blog -

Now, here's an answer to Southern Village's energy challenges - set up clotheslines in our front yards!

Orange Water And Sewer Authority

This is the current state of our water supply - about 70%.

"CEOs for Cities :: New Study Shows More Walkable Homes Are Worth More"

Sidewalks are a lot cheaper than roads, and we are very lucky that D.R. BRYAN developed Southern Village to have many more yards, perhaps miles, of sidewalks than we have roads!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Duke sets lofty goal on energy" - Local/State - News & Observer

What can Southern Village and its environs learn from the Duke plan, and how can we get a copy of the UNC plan and figure out how we could make ourselves part of that? Think for a moment about what a small amount of land separates Southern Village proper from UNC. Supppose we proposed to work with the people who live between us to make a much larger environmental improvement area?

"Will Smarter Roads Save Us More Money?" - Wheels Blog -

We have a lot of people who work for IBM in Southern Village and nearby. Couldn't they tell us more about this program in the context of Southern Village and its environs? What are the possible ways in which traffic could be improved in our community that would reduce its impact on the environment, enhance pedestrian and vehicle safety, and generally improve people's lives? Since IBM is doing so much on this, shouldn't we expect our neighbors there to explain this in terms that relate to our community?

Friday, October 23, 2009

"When Members Run Afoul of the Park Slope Food Coop" -

I wonder if all don't need to understand better the people who work at Weaver Street Market, both employees and volunteers?

"By Degrees - To Cut Global Warming, Swedes Study Their Plates" -

Could we work together with Weaver Street Market and the restaurants of Southern Village to deal with some of this????

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Florida may become first bagless state in nation" - Home/Garden - News & Observer

Why don't we talk with all of the merchants in Southern Village and do this now? Maybe there is a place for Southern Village shopping bags - the permanent kind?

"California - Plastic, Now Paper?" -

What more can we do to reduce the bags taken out of Southern Village stores by customers, and what we do to reduce the number of bags that Southern Village and environs customers bring home from stores elsewhere, or stuff that they get in the mail?

"Skin Deep - A Few Cookies a Day to Keep the Pounds Away?" -

Note the views of Southern Village resident Sue HOBBS, toward the end of the story.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Duke Energy and Utility Commission reach settlement on rate increase" - blogs

What a great opportunity this presents to people in Southern Village and environs to reduce their electricity consumption. Wouldn't a personal/household target of trying to reduce consumption enough to offset the price increase be a good one? For next year, that would be around a 4% decrease in electricity use and then a further decrease the following year of about the same. It seems reasonable and achievable to me. Who is willing to make their electric bills public for the past year and then continue to do so for next year?

"Business Travelers Take to Their Bikes" -

A lot of people who live in Southern Village travel a lot. What are some of the interesting stories about what they do when they travel to reduce their impact on the environment?

In my own case, I spend a lot of time in France. For many years, I would rent a car each time I came. But now when I am here alone, I seldom rent a car, or do so only for special events as I am doing for three days at the end of my current trip. I walk everywhere I can and use the bus and tram system, and take taxis only a few times a year.

What do others do when they travel to another locaiton for personal or business reasons?

"A New Recycling Strategy Is Catching On" -

It seems to me that there are a lot of things that we could do in Southern Village that would help us move in the same direction. For example, let's just take food waste that is compostable. My guess is that whatever that total amount is for Southern Village and its environs, including businesses, organizations and restaurants, that we are composting altogether perhaps 10% of the total - I bet it is closer to 5%.

If people do not want to compost at home, surely there is a portion of the community park or even one of our natural areas where we could set up compost containers for all to use, no?

Monday, October 19, 2009

"No Impact Week: Trash"

This is pretty neat. Anyone in Southern Village going to participate?

"The European Week for Waste Reduction" -

It might be interesting to see what a week's focus could do for solid waste in Southern Village? Here is how France is addressing the matter (in French), noting that the per person waste in France is 390 kg or a little over 800 pounds. That includes everything that gets tossed; compostable garbage represents more than 275 pounds of the 800. What are the numbers in Southern Village?

"Powering a Nation"

This is a project at the journalism school at UNC, just up the street. Wouldn't it be nice to figure out some way that Southern Village and its environs could "plug in" - could not resist - to this undertaking?

"The Ridge at Chukker Creek: Equestrian Community with Green Homes and Homesites in Aiken, SC" -

How close to Net Zero could Southern Village homes become, and what would it take in renovation to ge there?

"10 Simple Steps to a Green Home: More Healthy, Energy Efficient & Environmentally Friendly" -

One can never slice this important pie in too many different pieces!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Green Inc. Column - Local Assaults on the Global Climate Problem" -

Wouldn't it be wonderful, as is said, if Southern Village and its environs could announce at the end of 2010 that we had all done X things that had resulted on our reducing our negative impact on the environment by Y amount? Whose willing to commit to try? What are you willing to do, specifically, that you are not now doing or what are you prepared to stop doing that you are?

"‘No Impact Man,’ by Colin Beavan" - First Chapter -

I wonder if the Homeowners' Association "green" committee will get anyone to try this in Southern Village?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Scroggs information session?

There are some number of us who live in Southern Village and its environs who know about Scroggs school only through the children (of neighbors who attend) and their parents. I, for one, would love to attend a program at the school where the principal simply gives us non-parents of Scroggs kids a rundown on the current state of the school, issues, problems, accomplishments, profile, etc.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Localism: Fewer Americans are Relocating" - Newsweek Personal Finance -- Retirement -

This would be excellent background readin for a coffee chat in Southern Village sometime. As further background, it would be really interesting to to the research on how many homes in Southern Village and its environs have changed hand in recent years. One could separate out the new houses until they were sold, and then focus on the percentage of homes that turnover each year and see what those trends are.....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Orange Water And Sewer Authority

An update on our water supply.

"Reporter Resurrects Career - Buys His Own Paper" -

If 2,600 people in New Mexico can support two newspapers, more or less, is there not some hope that the 3,000 plus people who live in and around Southern Village might be able to do the same?

"Market street Association at Southern Village petition to Council"

I don't think I recall reading this earlier in the year.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

"Triangle fast-food restaurants go green" -

One of these is the Subway in Southern Village.

"Love Your Farmers Market Contest sponsored by and"

The Carrboro Farmers' Market finished 3rd.

"Mayoral Candidates Address Downtown Issues" - The Chapel Hill Magazine Blog - Chapel Hill Magazine

I sure am not impressed by what any of these candidates appear to have had to say. Where is the creativity? Where is the appreciation of how much taxes have increased? It strikes me that they are just touching hot buttons instead of getting inside the "machine" to fix what is wrong with downtown and with our tax bills.

"Kids Walk to School" - WCAX.COM

And in Southern Village?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

List of countries that ban cellphone use while driving

I am in France, and I am struck, as I look at drivers in vehicles that they do not use any portable devices. The fine for doing so seems to do the trick? How can we be so stupid in the US as to allow people to risk the lives of others and their own by such idiotic behavior as trying to drive while holding a phone to one's ear????

Friday, October 02, 2009

iBanknet - Harrington Bank, FSB

Another way to keep an eye on Harrington Bank.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Temporary trail closing

"A section of the paved Fan Branch Trail through Southern Village will be closed for about 2 weeks to allow replacement of bridge decking on the 2 pedestrian bridges. The closure period may be longer if we experience poor weather. The section of trail that will be closed lies between Culbreth Road and Edgewater Drive. Attached is a photo of one of the bridges.

Because of the nature of the work (removal and replacement of bridge decking) we cannot reopen the trail after each day’s work.

For everyone’s safety please respect the closure until the work is completed. It is our goal to complete the project as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions please contact me.

William WebsterAssistant DirectorParks & RecreationTown of Chapel Hill200 Plant RoadChapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 968-2819Cell: (919) 809-4721Fax: (919) 932-2923"

Monday, September 21, 2009

"Florida Town Tries Walking School Bus Project" - NPR


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Garbage weight

I thought I would weigh our solid waste garbage today - 2 lbs. That's for two people for a week, composting and recycling the rest.

Siren test

"Next week, on Tuesday, September 22, the University will TEST its emergency sirens between noon and 1 p.m. as part of Alert Carolina, our campus safety awareness campaign. We test the sirens each semester to remind everyone what to do if they hear them go off for a real emergency and to make sure the equipment works properly. We just wanted to let you know about the test in case you hear the sirens. You don't need to take any action.
The sirens will only sound during a life-threatening emergency such as an armed and dangerous person on or near campus, a major chemical spill or hazard, or a tornado sighting. The sirens also broadcast brief public address announcements.
In a real emergency, the sirens will sound a second time with a different tone when authorities determine the situation is “All clear. Resume regular activities.” UNC police will use the “all clear” signal during Tuesday’s test.
People outside on or near campus, including downtown Chapel Hill, may hear the sirens. The sirens are at five locations: Hinton James Residence Hall off Manning Drive; the Gary R. Tomkins Chilled Water Operations Center behind the Dogwood Parking Deck; Winston Residence Hall at the corner of Raleigh Street and South Road; near Hill Hall behind University Methodist Church; and at the Giles Horney complex off Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
The Alert Carolina web site,, is the best source of information during a campus emergency. You can learn more about the sirens and hear samples of the alert and “all clear” tones at the Alert Carolina site.
If you are the contact person for your neighborhood or community group, please forward this message to your members and others who may be interested."

"UNC alums pitch bike rental kiosks" - The Herald-Sun

Southern Village too?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Changing players

The real estate salesperson, Rhonda STULTS, and her partner Cindy GUDEMAN sent out new refrigerator magnets with Southern Village telephone numbers. I had an old one on the fridge and it is interesting to see what's changed.

Gone from the last one:

Cottage Shop
Market Street Books
Plum Spring
SV Police Substation


Atttorney, Tom Holt
Bilal Saib, DDS
Edible Arrangements
SV Pediatric Dentist

I am not sure if the real estate salespeople charge for the listing or not......

Then I found another, older one.....from Coldwell Banker. Listings on the older one that are not on the newest:

Homemade Suppers
William H Bunch, CPA
Edwards Jones Investment
H2O Cleaners
Hatfield-Berrang Hearing Aid Center
Julie Mol, DDS
Ship On Site
State Farm Insurance
Travelink-American Express
UNC Dermatology
Coldwell Banker
Souther Village Apartments
Montgomery Carolina

I don't think it serves our interests well to be putting out lists without indicating that there are exclusions. Our businesses and organizations in Southern Village deserve our support and we need to be reminded frequently who they are and how to reach them!

Friday, September 18, 2009

"I.B.M. Sets Out to Make a City in Iowa ‘Smarter’" - Bits Blog -

Why don't we do this in Southern Village?

"Ithaca’s Pioneers of Dog Waste Composting" - Green Inc. Blog -

What an opportunity for Southern Community Park!

"Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells" - Series -

How much do we know about which chemicals and other things are being washed into the drains of Southern Village from lawn treatments to other disposal? One would think that this could occasionally be tested? Does not everything that runs off ultimately pass into the stream that follows the trail to Culbreth? Does anyone ever test that water? How could we do that?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Diversity and sustainability

In thinking about the word "sustainable" and how one might apply it to Southern Village and its environs, I cannot help but think how important to sustainability is diversity. If there is one thing we could all do to promote a more sustainable environment here it would be to reach out when a house or condo is for sale and try to make sure that people of all colors know about the sale and, even more important, know that they would be welcome here. Anyone who walks around the neighborhood as I try to do cannot help but be struck by the lack of such diversity here today.

Strike a positive blow for diversity and help your neighbors by making sure that people of color consider a home here when properties are on the market!

"Following Trash on Its Journey Through the Waste Disposal System" -

We may have a lot to learn from this in Southern Village.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"More Schools Encourage Commuting by Bike" - City Room Blog -

What are the trends by people living in Southern Village or its environs to use bicycles to reach the schools that are eithere here or serving this area. At a minimum, that includes Scroggs, Culbreth and Carrboro schools. Any others? Much more important: what are the trends?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Weaver Street Market contest

Why not start a contest among us in Southern Village and environs for either or both - largest amount of purchases at Weaver Street Market each year and/or largest percentage increase from previous year? That sort of thing......

"USDA Urges Schools, Hospitals, Others To 'Buy Local'" - NPR

How can we make this work in Southern Village and environs? Where does Scroggs get its food? We know Pazzo! gets a little from the Scroggs school, but where does it get the rest? How about other food vendors in Southern Village? And how about all of us?

"UNC recycling effort keeps 300 pounds of plastic out of landfill" - Herald-Sun

How are we doing in Southern Village and environs? How could we measure this? A central plastic bag collection point in partnership with Weaver Street Market? What else?

Is there more than one place today - Weaver Street Market - where we can drop off plastic bags for recycling?

"Risk taking may be back for banks" - Herald-Sun

How do we get an update on the financial situation at Harrington Bank, following the Office of Thrift Supervision agreement? The Bank's newsletter seems to have died more than two years ago.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Google and Pazzo!

Two interesting short items in the new issue of Chapel Hill Magazine. One mentions that Google has a small office of technicians on Market Street and the other notes that Pazzo! is using some of what is being grown in the garden at Scroggs school. The magazine is not online.

Recycling day now Thursday

It appears as though they have changed our recycling pick up day to Thursday for all of Southern Village, effecting this week. Even with a full page ad in the Chapel Hill News, delivered to every home in Southern Village and with postcards mailed to every address, at least in principle, about 10% of the homes I passed today (9/15/09) still had their recycling out for pickup, today being Tuesday and not the new Thursday pickup day. As in the military, as one traditionally says, there is always the 10% that don't get the word!

"Bow and arrow hunt draws fire from PETA" - Herald-Sun

"The Walk-to-School Fight" -

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Water violations

This is how the area around us looks in this NYTimes interactive chart.
There are many fascinating numbers relating to North Carolina, such as 50% of the registered facilities in the state have violated the Clean Water Act!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Labor Day weekend at the Park

At 5 PM today, I saw 25 or so people -- mostly kids and adults in the play area.

A couple of guys were shooting baskets. I have yet to see anyone playing a game of basketball there.

The playing fields, once again, were empty except for a fellow training his dog, hopefully trained already in the art of not relieving itself on expensive grass!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Mid-week morning at the Park

Well, here are my sigthings at about 9:30 this morning:
  • 3 joggers
  • 1 biker
  • 3 walkers
  • 3 Town supervisors (or so they appeared)
  • 1 child
  • 3 adults

Not a soul on any of the playing fields.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Cleanup at the Park - bravo!

I am not sure whether volunteers or Town employees did the job, but it was impressive this morning to see all of the trash from the weekend collected and bagged at the Park, awaiting pick up. Bravo to those involved and I hope we can keep it looking that nice!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A crowd at the Park!

I started to count a few people in the Park today until I got up to the playing fields which - for the first time, I think - were filled with people! Maybe more than 100. I am not sure which teams were playing, and it would be nice to know how to follow who is playing when. How do we do that?

"Driven to Distraction - Multitasking Drivers in Utah Face Tough Law on Texting" - Series -

We should all be encouraging anyone using any electronic device while driving a vehicle in Southern Village and environs to do one simple thing: stop it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Park again

This morning at about 9:
  • 15 adults
  • 6 kids
  • 1 worker
  • 2 joggers
  • 1 dog

Enviornmental priorities for Southern Village and environs

Paul ROWE, of Southern Village, has told me that he is putting together some sort of a "Green Team" for Southern Village either as part of the Southern Village Homeowners Association or tied to it in some way. It's not clear to me yet what they hope to accomplish.

Here are some to the ideas that I intend to share with them (and I hope to edit this in coming days):
  • Work with PSNC, Duke Energy and OWASA to see if we can learn the total energy consumption for Southern Village and environs going back several years and then let's work to reduce it.
  • Ask Chape Hill Transit for ridership numbers (I am not sure how they do this) for the V and NS lines for the last several years, and I think there are one or two others that come to Southern Village, and then seek to increase those passenger numbers.
  • Ask the relevant people in Orange County and maybe Chapel Hill for the total amount of non-recyclable garbage we produce, again going back several years. Let's set a target to reduce it.
  • Find out the amount of recycling for the last several years, and then figure out if we want to set a target higher, the same or less. Recycling is good if it comes from necessary items that otherwise would have gone to the garbage, but it is bad if people are accumulating more "stuff" that comes in packaging that gets discarded.
  • Do an area census of all homeowners to ask how many have and use composters; do we have a community compost bin for those in homes with no place to use the compost?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Can't we do better?

At 9 AM today:
  • 13 walkers
  • 4 dogs
  • 6 kids

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First day of school

I walked up to the Park this morning around 8:45 and I sense a change in turnout...
  • 12 walkers
  • 4 children
  • 5 joggers
  • 5 dogs

As I passed Scroggs, I noted how many bicycles were parked there. Kids set good example for their parents who ought to follow those examples.

"The future of solar power" - GlobalPost

It would be interesting to know the impact, if any, of these developments on Solar Tech, the company across 15-501 from Southern Village. I believe they sell German-made products, but I am not sure.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday in the Park

At 10:30 AM today - Sunday, saw these creatures:
  • 3 adult bikers
  • 2 child bikers
  • 1 adult and 2 children exploring the "pond"
  • 40 adults and kids in the play area, about 50/50
  • 1 skater on the basketball court
  • 4 skaters on the "rink"
  • 2 walkers
  • 2 dogs

The best part, tho, were all of the people - 50-100 - who were at Scroggs for a soccer match. This is the second time I have seen teams playing there that appear to be made of Hispanics....and the second time I have been so impressed by the quality of the play. Where do we find the schedules for these matches?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Another Park "census"

This morning I was out in Southern Community Park again. Passed these people:
  • 17 kids using the swings play equipment, having a good time
  • 17 adults/parents with them
  • 2 Chapel Hill workers
  • 4 kids on bikes
  • 1 adult biker
  • 2 walkers

It was 10:30 AM.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"Pittsboro-Chapel Hill bus route launches Aug. 17" - News: Orange County

So far, this assumes that no one wants to go to Fearington or Pittsboro from Chapel Hill in the morning or to return from there in the late afternoon. Why not at least present the option as I assume the buses are operating on some sort of loop system???? And include a stop in Southern Village or at least on 15-501 at one of the Southern Village entrances?

Another morning walk to the Park

Today, a little after 9 AM, here is whom I encountered:
  • 2 kids on bikes
  • 1 adult biker
  • 5 dogs
  • 5 walkers
  • 4 adults in the play area
  • 4 kids in the play area
  • 1 young person

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TheTownHallGrill (TownHallGrill) on Twitter

I wonder how many people and organizations in the Southern Village area are on Twitter?

This morning at Southern Community Park

Today, I walked up to the park at 9 AM. Here's who I saw:
  • 2 bikers
  • 1 jogger
  • 7 adults walking for the most part
  • 3 adults with 3 kids in the play area
  • 1 hockey player

I also noticed that the light in the men's room seems to always be on - at least from the outside. Unless they are using LED bulbs or some such think, I would think they could be turned off with a note on how to find the switch, or could be motion-activated, no?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Southern Community Park again

I walked to the park again today. This time about 4 PM on Sunday. Here's who I saw:
  • Maybe 20 adults and children in the play area with the swings, etc.
  • 2 people who looked like they had been palying disc frisbee or whatever it is called
  • 9 people and 4 dogs in the dog area
  • 15 or so people at the picnic tables under cover

What I did not see was a single person walking on the trail, no one at any of the basketball courts or the inline hockey rink or anywhere else.

Is this what one might call success?

I realized also that neither the park nor Southern Village is served by any buses on either Sat or Sun. Is that the way it should be?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Southern Community Park

Does anyone know where to find a schedule of games to be played at the Park? I can find nothing.

I walked up to the Park today about 1 PM - a bright, sunny day in August with temperatures in the low 80s. In the course of my circuit, starting and ending at Aberdeen on the trail, I saw
3 walkers
2 fellows playing the disc frisbee or whatever it is called
2 people walking 2 dogs in the dog park
That seems a tad underutilized to me.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Safety rules for landscape people

What are the rules we think people cutting grass or doing other landscape work in Southern Village and its environs ought to follow? Most grass cutters stop while we pass, and that is very thoughtful of them.

But I am asking more about safety. Should any piece of equipment ever be left running without an operator in control - from weedwackers to trucks? What chemicals do we think are ok to apply to areas bordering public rights away and which ones do we want to try to eliminate? There are many more.....

Cars and trucks on inclines

As I walk around Southern Village, I see many cars and some trucks parked on inclines. That's necessary, in some cases, because of the hills we enjoy here.

What's missing in almost every case, tho, is proper blocking of the wheels of a vehicle left on an incline of 20 degrees or more. Ok, if the vehicle is on the road and the driver turns the wheels such that the car would roll back against the curb, and if the wheels are indeed already close to the curb, that's fine. Otherwise, on the street or in a driveway, for the sake of the kids of the community, put a block of some sort behind at least one wheel.

If you don't, you risk lives and losing any lawsuit that results from your negligence. The legendary "reasonably prudent person" would know to put a block in place on a steep incline, and you should, too!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

"Bank: We're in good shape" - Business - News & Observer

This is Harrington Bank again. Note that all the statements here by those close to the bank are from the bank itself. The story provides no comments by anyone who both knows the bank and is competent in this field. So, a reasonably intelligent person would read the Office of Thrift Supervision document and ask the bank lots of specific questions about compliance under that agreement, if that person really wanted to know what was happening. I surely would not rely on a bank that has not complied with federal law (see the agreement) to tell me what's happening.

Here is just a portion of the agreement, referring to Harrington as the Association:

"WHEREAS, based on its January 20,2009 examination of the Association (2009
Examination), the OTS finds that the Association has failed to comply with the requirements of
laws and regulations to which the Association is subject, failed to adopt and implement
appropriate and comprehensive operational and risk management practices and strategies, and
failed to identify and correct other deficiencies and weaknesses in its operations;...."

Friday, August 07, 2009

"Bank is told to shape up, or be seized" - Business - News & Observer

This is Harrington Bank with an office in Southern Village.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Trucks on steep driveways...

I passed a truck today on Aberdeen, parked on an inclined driveway that I bet is close to 30 degrees. The truck was facing the street and was set up for a work crew that must have been inside the house to load stuff on the flatbed from the rear with a kind of gangplank arrangement. That meant that people and/or equipment would be rolling/walking on and off the bed of the truck.

What was missing was any blocking at all of the truck's tires. Having seen a car roll out of one of these same Aberdeen driveways once before and across the street, I could imagine an awful accident.

I called the company whose name was on the side of the truck and got a voice mail.

So I called 911 and felt that the lieutenant with whom I spoke was going to send someone out to investigate.

Public safety, I think, is everyone's business.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sidewalk north from Cole Park Plaza - Herald-Sun

Note the second item here - reporting that a sidewalk will be built from Cole Park Plaza one mile to the north to the Orange County line. Those of us who prefer to walk places, unlike those who drive gas guzzling "trucks" (aka, SUVs) with no passengers, now need to lobby the Orange County powers-that-be to add sidewalks to fill the gap between the one that ends by the Community Park and the Chatham line.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Good Neighbors & Southern Village Trash" - Southern Village HOA

The economic crisis has suddenly become so much worse - some people stealing garbage can space and garbage losing so much of its value that you cannot even give it away anymore. Honestly, can it get any worse than this? Maybe producing a little less garbage would solve everyone's problem except for those who saw trash as the future and became today's private dumpster proprietors. We all get to make some choices in life!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Southern Village Hotel Plan Shelved" - News & Observer

What about coming up with a great plan to replace some of the rental houses out on 15-501 with even more affordable housing, integrate that real estate with Southern Village and include a hotel there? It would improve the street (15-501) presence for Southern Village, retain lower cost housing opportunities, add the hotel and the commerce it may represent. Has that idea been considered?


Every time I drive behind the 300 Market Street building, I am struck by how ugly the trash receptacles are back there. Why cannot they be screened in some way? What other eyesores should we try to address in Southern Village?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Safety issues in Southern Village

What are the worst safety hazards in Southern Village today? I noticed in pulling out of the parking lot of one of the Market Street buildings (300) that visibility is quite limited because of a hedge. What are the safety hazards more or as serious as that one?

"Four Peak Fitness clubs seek bankruptcy protection" - News & Observer

O2 Fitness' manager - Jason PETERS - told me that they, by contrast, are doing very well - with about 1,100 active members!

"More Hotels Facing an Uncertain Future" -


Were those tadpoles or fish yesterday holding their own swimming against the current in the stream near one of the bridges along the trail running north from Southern Village?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Harrington Bank - FDIC

For anyone interested in more information about the Harrington Bank, here is a link to its FDIC records.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Southern Village HOA - Southern Village News

It sure would be nice to see a report here from someone who attended the 30 March meeting with the police chief.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

"Fling yourself into it" - Food & Fitness - News & Observer

More on disc golf.

More pedestrian protection

Also at Southern Community Park are very bright yellow stripes - much larger than I have seen elsewhere - marking pedestrian crossings in the parking lot.

Why shouldn't we ask to have the same thing installed all over Southern Village?

Protecting pedestrians

I noticed at Southern Community Park that they seem to have installed concrete blocks at the front of those parking spaces that are close to a sidewalk. Perhaps this is a new construction standard.

It makes me wonder whether we don't have other places in Southern Village where such addded protection against automobiles might be in order? For example, all along the side of Market Street where the Lumina and Weaver Street Market are located?

Saturday, April 04, 2009

INNOVA Champion - #1 in Disc Golf

The answer to my earlier question about the yellow-topped structures in the woods next to Southern Community Park. These are they.

"Cancer patient sees bleak future" - Herald-Sun

We should all ask how this kind of situation might be addressed here in Southern Village before we have to address it. Treyburn is another DR BRYAN project.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Chain announces plans to build 'hip..." - Herald Sun

I guess this is part of the East54 project? It is to be on the southeast corner of North Hamilton and 54. In any case, much to be learned as DR BRYAN reflects on a possible hotel for Southern Village.

You can see the location of the hotel by clicking on the map on this page.

Fearrington Village Chatter

I question how valuable this blog is for anyone except for those who contribute. There has to be a better way to use this technology.

"Fearrington Village"

Althought the organization is completely different, it would be really nice to see a page like this with short profiles of the key people in Southern Village. John FUGO, the minister at the church, Weaver Street Market manager, president of the Southern Village Homeowners Association, etc. .....

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Speakers at Carolina

What a great, apparently new, resource.

"Carolina: Best place to teach, learn and discover"

I suspect that this ought to be required reading for people in the larger Southern Village community.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"North Carolina Cancer Hospital - Construction Cam"

This is going to be a wonderful addition to the greater Southern Village community!

Market Street Books discounts?

Are any of the books at Market Street Books ever discounted?

How to measure?

How do we begin to measure the impact of the economy on Southern Village in all respects - from the people who live, work, study, visit, shop, park, walk, here to the institutions and organizations that call this place home?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Yellow topped metal structures?

What are the yellow topped metal structures that are in the woods next to the Southern Community Park?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Open Your Home to an Exchange Student" - Southern Village HOA

I followed the link in this item and found very little information about this organization - who runs it, source of funding, etc. In checking further, the only person mentioned - that of the executive director - appears to have died last fall. The organization is not listed in Charity Navigator, or at least I did not find it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Recession buster: Gem Theatre offers free movies at 7 p.m. Wednesday" - Kannapolis Citizen

Imagine the possibilities if the Lumina were to do this?

It would be a great community rallying point, good for businesses in Southern Village.

The films and times could be limited to reduce the damage to ticket sales.

In addition, why not have a live person from either Southern Village or Chapel Hill - the president of of the Southern Village Homeowners Association for example or the Mayor of Chapel Hill, or many other interesting people - say a few words about how our community is working to deal with tough times?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Smith Level Road project

I drove over to Carrboro yesterday to learn more about the plans for Smith Level Road improvements around the Carrboro High School and Culbreth Road intersection, down to the bottom of the hill by the elemenatary school.It looks like this will begin in Jan 2011, all other things being equal, and may take 2 years to complete!There will be sidewalks added all along the work route, and I urged them to coordinate with Chapel Hill and Carrboro on filling any resulting gaps.The NC Department of Transportation people, who were very helpful and very well-informed, said that they expected the South Columbia St project to be completed before Smith Level begins. That's relevant to our link in Southern Village with downtown Chapel Hill - if both wind up under construction at the same time. They assured me that this would be coordinated to avoid that happening.

"Scroggs family donates to school"

That's very nice, and it benefits the whole community, at least indirectly!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Smith Level Road public hearing - 9 March 2009

Smith Level Road project

Frank Porter Graham Elementary School - FPG Home Page

Another one of those places within an easy walk of Southern Village!

"Southern Community Park Is Now Open"

This is dated, but wanted to be sure it was linked here. I am not sure if ther are any updates....

Friday, March 06, 2009

"Chapel Hill could replace grass fields with turf" - Daily Tar Heel

I wonder how this will be implemented at Southern Community Park?

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

"Fire laws close off trove of N.C. history" - News & Observer

Since this is within easy walking or bus distance of Southern Village, it is our neighborhood library!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Harrington navigates recession, sees mortgage lending increase

This is an interesting interview, but I wonder why there are no recent news items, press releases, or newsletters on the Harrington Bank site? I wonder where one can learn from independent sources how this bank is really doing. It may or may not be as reported in that interview if what we have seen from other banks is any guide.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Chapel Hill Jobs (NC) | SimplyHired

I wonder what the statistics are for Southern Village? How many people have jobs that are based here in Southern Village? What are the trends?

Real Estate Blog - Southern Village in Chapel Hill - Eat and Shop after a Day at Jordan Lake

Just happened to run across this....

"Southern Village Apartments crime and safety information."

It would be nice to see a rundown, with a similar map, with all of the police incident reports for 2008, at a minimum.

"What's a walk score?" - How Stuff Works

The next time you need something at Weaver Street Market, why not walk to the store instead of driving your car?

"Bomb threat clears Pit" - Daily Tar Heel

This is surely close enough to Southern Village to merit a mention!

Monday, February 02, 2009

"Setting the course for campus safety" - Daily Tar Heel

Well worth a read by people living in and around Southern Village.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009