Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Caves Valley

Wilson Creek Trail

I take it that the Town killed the idea of a Wilson Creek Trail that would run through the property known as Obey Creek. If this is true, why, and why not suggest to the owner/developer that building such a trail would be a nice contribution to the Town?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Town of Chapel Hill : News Releases : Chapel Hill Receives Employer Commuting Award

I'd like to know how much of this affected the volume of traffic on 15-501 from Dogwood Acres north.

The Herald-Sun - Window to the past

This talks about placement of various projects vis-a-vis transit lines. Why don't we see that in the description of Obey Creek?

Business Outcomes | iTOPS | Strategic Outsourcing Solutions | IT Services | iGATE

Isn't this the better approach to Obey Creek?

A Vacant Lot in Phoenix Offers Refugees a Taste of Home - NYTimes.com

What could we grow in Obey Creek?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Updating the Message to Get Americans Moving - NYTimes.com

What could Obey Creek be that would help get more people moving more?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Economist and TFI, France

I've seen two things today that remind me how much we are NOT doing to deal with the evolving life around us in Southern Village. The first is a special section in the Economist from a couple of weeks ago that I only got to look at today. It deals with all of the ways that digital technology is being used to increase astronomically the amount of data we have about ourselves and our lives, especially tied to place. Are we looking at any of that from a Southern Village and environs perspective? And, tonight, a fascinating piece on French national televsion talking about the increasing challenges of making deliveries - 200,000 of them every day - in Paris. Finally, I must add a note about a counter-programed program tonight discussing claims of a huge public health risk posed by diesel-powered vehicles.

When was the last time we read a piece about our neighborhood discussing any one of those issues?

chapelhillnews.com | Town Council wants more discussion on Obey Creek

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Obey Creek - Town Council

I watched some of the meeting on 5 Nov. (You will know you have found the right video when you see the shots of speakers from the audience including smirk commentary from developer Roger PERRY in almost every shot.) Jim WARD asked whether the Development Agreement process would yield answers to tough questions about traffic, etc. I think the answer was "it could". My answer is - do it now, apart from any agreement. Gen PEASE asked if doing this was "implicit approval" of something, and I say yes. I next ask, why? Explain the REASONS for the votes. If the cost of a consultant is to be born by the developer, who gets to pick the consultant and who calls the shots. For whom does she/he work? Michael GEARHARDT had superb comments; if you listen to nothing else.....

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever: Harm de Blij: 9780199913749: Amazon.com: Books

Might this help us in dealing with Obey Creek?

Local businesses

Why don't we start a big local campaign to make our Southern Village businesses successful, help them to change if not doing what we need/want, and generally set some success goals and work to achieve them, measuring them along the way?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Friday, November 02, 2012

South Columbia Street

"S. Columbia Street Widening Project to Begin
Posted Date: 11/2/2012
NCDOT News Release
A section of N.C. 86/Columbia Street in Chapel Hill will be enhanced for general traffic, buses, bicycles and pedestrians, thanks to a $4.56 million contract approved by N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. Triangle Grading & Paving Inc. of Burlington was awarded the contract.
The project maintains the character of Chapel Hill, adding sidewalks on both sides of the street and bike lanes. The street will remain a single lane in each direction with the addition of a center turn lane and bus pullouts to improve traffic flow. The new 0.8-mile project is expected to begin on Nov. 26, with completion by July 2014.
During nine months of the project, between April and September 2013, traffic will be one-way on Columbia Street, with traffic going northbound from Fordham Boulevard toward Manning Drive. Outbound traffic will be detoured onto Manning Drive.
This is one of 15 contracts totaling $73.6 million awarded by Conti in October for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 9.1 percent, or $7.4 million, below NCDOT estimates.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in January of 2009, NCDOT has awarded 727 highway contracts totaling $5 billion to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to jobs and educational opportunities. Gov. Perdue continues to support immediate jobs in the construction sector and the goal of ensuring that our transportation network facilitates access to jobs, education and healthcare for the future." 

Thursday, November 01, 2012

The Hotel at Southern Village

I asked them to add an e-mail or form to allow us to pose and for them to answer questions. The fact that they have not done so can only mean they are not interested.

Encourage transparent, data-driven process for Obey Creek - Petition signatures - Page: 1