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The Real Reason Chapel Hill Keeps Growing

{Cross Posted from Chapelboro.com}

Chapel Hill resident, Matt Bailey, is back. This time he's rejecting the notion that Chapel Hill should or even can stay the same. Check out his thoughts below. Do you agree?

A while back, I read an opinion piece about how Chapel Hill was so much better back in the good old days. How Chapel Hill used to be smaller. How Chapel Hill used to have more charm. How all these new places for people to live have ruined our sense of place.

These sentiments aren’t merely one person’s opinion. Seems you only have to be in Chapel Hill for fifteen minutes before someone tells you how great it was back in some bygone era.

It’s true that Chapel Hill was a whole lot smaller years ago. In 1960, 12,573 lived here. Today, 59,568 do. However, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why Chapel Hill has grown so much?

Election 2016 Campaigning

The past 3 months I've been campaigning a bit for some of the state and national candidates. Almost everyone I met said they were registered to vote (at their current address) or were not US citizens. I had some interesting conversations with professors, students and employees from other countries(Jordan, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, China, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, India,Guatemala and a few others.) Tuesday evenings I have been calling Sierra Club members around the state, encouraging them to vote for the endorsed candidates and volunteer. Most people who are home are older, have health issues or are already volunteering with other groups.  I've driven out several times to Halifax and Northampton County where I used to live and work. There are very few yard signs and most are for the Republicans even though this area votes heavily democratic. I brought some yard signs for the early voting sites in Northampton and put them up. I was unable to contact anyone coordinating activities there. As of Monday 650 people had voted in Northampton County and the volunteers passing out sample ballots said they had been asked by the state Raleigh office to help.

White House Calls for Increased Density to Address Housing Affordability

The latest column in the Chapel Hill News by OrangePolitics Editors Travis Crayton and Molly De Marco cites recent releases from the White House calling for increased density in urban development to address the chronic national problem of housing affordability. These are just the type of strategies that we have been supporting on this blog for Orange County.

Chapel Hill Town Council Receives Update on Bias in Policing

Back in June, the Orange County Bias Free Policing Coalition submitted a petition to the Chapel Hill Town Council with eleven recommendations for addressing racial bias in policing. You may have been wondering what ever happened to that petition. We were. We found out last night.

Vote by mail

If you don't want to wait in line either during early voting or on November 8, vote by mail !

Orange County vote by mail application is here: 

http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/board_of_elections/2016Electio...

Another way to look at it - you'll also make the line shorter for everyone else 

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