Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The New York Times vending machine?

We used to have a vending machine in the parking lot for The New York Times. What happened to it when the others moved to the alley next to Weaver Street Market?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Research shows easy-to-walk communities can blunt cognitive decline | The University of Kansas

How do we make SV and surrounding areas even more walkable to more places and activities? For example, how to blaze a path to the NC Botanical Gardens? Where are the problems in a walk to downtown Chapel Hill?

Monday, December 01, 2014


I wonder if any of the studies done of traffic on 15-501 can tell us how many vehicles enter and leave Southern Village each day, including the exit onto Culbreth Road, broken down by time of day, etc.

Town many develop Southern Village park-and-ride | Chapel Hill | ChapelHillNews.com

And the need for this, again, is what?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Park and ride lot - possible redevelopment

This may come as a surprise to some, and is well worth reviewing before the meeting. See Attachment 3. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nearby crime

****Break in to locked residence reported 09/20/14, 8:12 pm, 102 Zapata Ln
I responded to the above location in reference to an alarm. upon arrival i was met by the neighbor at the top of the driveway. he advised he heard the alarm sound. upon checking the residence the front door was found forced open. we cleared the residence. while clearing the residence nothing appeared to be out of place or missing. carrboro responded and ran a k-9 track which led from the front door to the roadway on zapata. it appeared a vehicle was parked at the roadway. the alarm did its job

****Break in to locked residence reported 09/20/14, 8:26 pm, 935 Crestwood Ln

Entry to the residence was made by the front door being kicked in by the suspects. The bedrooms in the residence had been gone through with the complainant’s clothes taken out of the dressers. The complainant could only find her deceased husbands wallet missing. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

N2 Publishing buys space for new headquarters | WilmingtonBiz

I have never seen one of their publications. The description of the company scares me a little with the religious focus. In any case, it's a bit of Huckleberry Finn thinking to get everyone painting their fence for free. This seems to be the woman who is inviting residents to the Town Hall Grill on the 30th.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Southern Community Park

It was really nice to see so many kids out on the soccer fields this afternoon. I wonder how many afternoons each week that happens? Usually when I walk by, there is no one there.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Welcome to Organic Transit!

Who will be the first in Southern Village?

Friday, September 05, 2014

Inline hockey rink

I asked about how much use the inline hockey rink (at Southern Community Park) gets:
"The hockey rink is use on a regular bases.  Tuesday, and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings there is hockey play.  Box lacrosse is played there also.  This lacrosse will be played on nights opposite the hockey play.  Most use is evenings and Saturday mornings.  There are occasional rentals for birthday skate parties etc..."
Bernard Leach
Athletic Supervisor
Parks and Recreation
Town of Chapel Hill
200 Plant Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 968-2734
Fax: (919) 932-2923 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Daily Tar Heel :: Faith Hedgepeth autopsy: UNC junior beaten to death

This ought to be as important to Southern Village as it is to UNC.

Fearrington Blog | Fearrington Village

Why don't we have something this good?

Monday, September 01, 2014

Trail walkers/runners

Today, I walked from Graylyn to Culbreth on the trail. To my pleasant surprise, at about 9:30 AM, I found maybe twice the number of people out walking and running than I have ever seen on an hour's walk. I hope it is a huge and permanent trend!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Daily Tar Heel :: Professor Liu's autopsy was released

This remains an awful story.

Bus trips with neighbors?

How about organizing some Chapel Hill Transit bus trips to other places in Chapel Hill for breakfast, coffee, lunch? To the Ackland? To Meadowmont? To UNC?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sewer smell

Why is there a persistent sewer smell walking on the trail under 15-501 toward Merritt Pasture?

Slave cemetery

What is the status of this cemetery?

The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering | Formerly Foster's Market

Easy bus trip from Southern Village!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Why not organize our own shopping service?

Suppose someone were to offer to pass by the closest stores around Southern Village and pick up/do shopping for people in Southern Village and then deliver the items to homes? Imagine the driving that this was save for many. The real question is how much it would cost and how much of a discouragement that might be. Online ordering? It could be a whole locally-focused service. For me, I'd love to see this offered by a local newspaper but I think that is too much to hope.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Local Producers - Relay Foods

We now have the Farmers' Market, such as it is, Weaver Street Market and this new arrival. What's sustainable?
This one easily wins the who's most expensive contest.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Community gardens?

Why not use some of the OWASA-cleared land for community gardens?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

(5) Market Street at Southern Village

See my post about the Wells Fargo ATM placement.
And the rest of the story...

My reply:
Thanks, but whoever made the decision made a bad one, creating an unnecessary and quite ugly pedestrian obstacle. I hope the first person to turn her/his ankle trying to slink around the ATM sues and gets a lot of money. What a dumb choice of location. I will simply assume that no one in the community was asked about location.

From: dixonbpitt@gmail.com [mailto:dixonbpitt@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Dixon Pitt
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 12:06 PM
Subject: Re: Market Street at Southern Village commented on your post.

SV Center, LLC is responsible for locating the ATM and there will not be a new sidewalk created to enter/exit the parking lot.  The ATM was initially proposed by Wells to be placed on the North side of the parking lot.   SV Center, who owns the parking lot, felt this location was too exposed.  Thus, the current location was agreed upon.  We apologize if you feel this is in the pedestrian walkway.

Thank you for your inquiry,


Monday, August 11, 2014


Nice to see them doing well!
"Pazzo is in the process of redecorating! You will see refreshed tabletops, new chairs, new light fixtures, new drapes and a new paint color. I am certain the changes will enhance your dining experience. The changes will happen gradually over August and September and we hope to not have to close to the public during this time.
Next week from August 11th to the 15th some of our light fixtures will be removed while we paint and the interior might look a little unfinished.
The week of August 11 also happens to be our 12 year anniversary of business! To say thank you to all our loyal customers and for your patience and understanding while we update, I will extend our Monday night special of half price bottles of wine from Monday August 11th through Thursday August 15th.
Hope to see you next week!!
Southern Village  •  700 Market Street  •  Chapel Hill, NC 27516  •  919-929-9984

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Toxic Brew in Our Yards - NYTimes.com

How many people use this stuff in Southern Village?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Farmers' Market

I went up to the market today and found about 4 vendors selling only a few items. We really ought to spend some time trying to understand why the turnout of customers has been so small. Why? The farmers will follow, for sure; without customers, who can expect them to spend an afternoon coming and going to/from Southern Village and sitting there for several hours?

Merritt's Co-Owner Robin Britt, 1952-2014 - Chapelboro.com

I am sorry I never met her; that's my error, and our loss.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fan Branch Trail

I’ll look at it soon.

From: Terry MAGUIRE [mailto:tmaguire@newspaper.com]
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 11:16 AM
To: Bill Webster
Subject: Fan Branch Trail

Dear Bill,

I walked yesterday on the portion of the trail that one accesses from 15-501. When you walk in from 15-501, and turn right, you proceed across a section of the trail in wood. I noticed that the wood is splitting in places, warping in others, and although there are traces of whatever the original finish was, those seem to be fading fast. Given the relatively short time that this portion of the path has been in service, it seems to me that either it is not being maintained properly or there was some failure to plan for the effects of weather on the wood. Either way, it seems to me that this entire section needs attention, and I hope that this does not mean a significant expense for the Town. Perhaps you could share the plan for upkeep of that wooden structure?



Town of Chapel Hill : Fan Branch Trail

This needs updating.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We Should Be in a Rage - NYTimes.com

We have X,000 registered voters in Southern Village. We have a primary on 6 May. Why shouldn't we do everything we can in order to achieve a 100% participation in that and future elections? I am thinking of makin a list of registered voters on my street - Graylyn Drive - and asking by letter (not e-mail) each person to vote and to tell me that they voted. I will then publish a list of everyone who told me he or she voted and let peer pressure do its thing.

AT&T pursues plans to bring ultra high-speed Internet service to Triangle | Technology | NewsObserver.com

How might this work in Southern Village?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Alert Carolina - Crisis Information Site for UNC Chapel Hill

What can we sign up for here if not affiliated with UNC?

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Why no sidewalk?

I walked out the Arlen Park Drive entrance to Southern Village yesterday and was reminded that there is no sidewalk. When can we hope to get one?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Travel study

"A travel study is being conducted for the U.S. Department of Transportation to get an understanding of how and why people in Southern Village travel the way they do.
For instance, how many trips are taken by Southern Village residents via carpool, bus, bicycle, and walking as opposed to driving a household vehicle? Are there particular reasons why residents choose one route to their destination over another? These and other questions will be investigated in this study.
Battelle (located in Durham) currently is recruiting households to participate in this study and are looking for volunteers to pilot the application. Each participating household will be provided one of our Samsung Galaxy smartphones to use over a 5-day period to collect information about their travel patterns. Households completing the study will receive $75 in appreciation for their assistance.
For more information about this important study, please contact Alan Pate at 614-424-7611 or patea@battelle.org."

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tutti Frutti Yogurt Chapel Hill

I wonder if they are open again. Always want to see Southern Village businesses succeed!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Comcast and Time Warner merger could be bad for customers - CBS News

What can we do in Southern Village to promote more competition in these services, resulting in better service at lower prices?