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New Partnerships for Downtown Chapel Hill: An Interview With Meg McGurk

[Meg's Twitter picture]Meg McGurk has taken the helm of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership after five years as its assistant director. I have worked with Meg for four years in the planning of Project Connect, an annual event where persons at risk for homelessness and those experiencing homelessness can receive services. Meg and I recently talked about her goals for the Downtown Partnership now that she is its executive director, including her thoughts about arts-driven economic development, parking, panhandling, vacant buildings, and new development.

Upcoming Anti-Racism workshop (July 6 and 7), new website (Organizing Against Racism)

The United Church of Chapel Hill, in partnership with Fisher Memorial Church in Durham and the Racial Equity Institute in Greensboro, is holding a 2-day Anti-Racism Workshop on July 6th and 7th at the United Church of Chapel Hill (1321 MLK Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC) from 8:30 am to 5:15 pm each day.

More information can be found on the new website: Organizing Against Racism under 'Upcoming'.

This website provides more information about the workshops and our People of Color and White Anti-Racism Caucuses.

Affordable Rentals Getting Scarcer in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Tonight, the Chapel Hill Town Council received a report from the developers of what once was the Colony Apartments and will now be called The Park at Chapel Hill (a mixed use development). Colony Apartments was one of the only locations of affordable rentals in Chapel Hill, but with this redevelopment that is no longer likely to be the case. With the redevelopment of Glen Lennox in Chapel Hill and the recent purchase of the majority of the units at Abbey Court (now to be called Collins Crossing), affordable rentals may become extinct in Southern Orange County.

This is an issue that Orange County Justice United has been focused on and Tish Galu, Strategy Team Chair for Justice United, made the following statement at the council meeting:

Chapel Hill Town Council to hear IFC Good Neighbor Plan Report, Consider Lease Agreement for new Men's Shelter

Monday night (June 11th), the Inter-Faith Council will present it's Good Neighbor Plan and consider a lease between the State of North Carolina and the Town of Chapel Hill for the land and a sublease between the Town of Chapel Hill and IFC to build the new men's shelter on the property.

More information on this story can be found here.

Public comment is expected both for and against the plan. OP will be live tweeting.


Before we trash the rural buffer ...Letter from the Justice United Environmental Team



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