Friday, August 17, 2012

The Herald-Sun - Perry Obey Creek equals sales tax dollars

I spoke yesterday with Ben PERRY of East-West Partners yesterday about this. He said that they will not break ground for 18 months or so. There will be NO single family homes. The project will be primarily multiple level (up to 6 or 7) condos. More “urban” than Southern Village, he says. Naturally, this all depends on ultimate Chapel Hill Town Council approvale, etc.

My two mile walking circle

Two miles is a good distance for all of us to be walking. It ought to take under 45 minutes to do this. In a two mile walk, I can get most of the way to Chapel Hill or Carrboro and all of the way to the site of the new Walmart. That includes a big stretch of 15-501, Market Street in Southern Village, and a few other points of interest along the way. What strikes me is that we are entirely too focused on cars and going everywhere by that transport medium. The result is that pedestrians - normal people - are taking a nearly literal "back seat" to cars. We are going to see a huge increase in cars and noise and pollution with the evolution of Obey Creek and what is not happening with any of it is a focus on how people living or working within two miles can get there on FOOT. We need a lot more focus on this - a lot of two mile circles and lots of attention on how people can move on their own feet between and among all of the places inside their own two mile circles.
For example, what do we know about the vehicle traffic projections for the Walmart?
Where is the two mile circle around Obey Creek explaining why and how people can get there or leave there to go somewhere on foot?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fan Branch Trail

I asked Bill WEBSTER in Parks and Recreation if there are any plans to extend the Fan Branch Trail to the south....

"Our long range master plan shows an extension to the southern tip of the Southern Community Park, but no further.

Dear Bill,

Just curious – is there any kind of rough plan, discussion document, correspondence, etc over a southern extension of the Fan Branch Trail – toward and into Chatham County?"

Town of Chapel Hill : Fan Branch Trail

The Herald-Sun - Two eateries planned for Westpoint

Note Southern Village connection.

Summer Nights: Baltimore's 'Little Italy' : NPR

How about a Southern Village variation on this theme? Films of the South? Films of France? Something....

The Sampson Independent - The breakfast club

Do we have anything like this going in Southern Village?