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Candidate Filing Open Thread

The candidate filing period for the 2017 local elections began on Friday, July 7th, and will end at noon on Friday, July 21st. Here's what's in store for this year's elections.

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Carrboro Board of Alderperson meeting: FoodFirst + Pump Tracks & more!

The Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 Carrboro Board of Alderpersons meeting was live tweeted. Below is the storify of all related tweets.

Spoilers:

1. Alderperson Michelle Johnson got a great send off complete with a proclamation, her very own street sign, star sunglasses, and tiaras.

2. The CBOA and town staff will continue to talk about MLK Park and the installation of one or two bike pump tracks.

3. IFC's rezoning permit for FoodFirst was unanimously approved!

Three problems transit-oriented development can help solve in Chapel Hill

The May 2017 column in the Chapel Hill News by Matt Bailey and OrangePolitics Editors Jason Baker and Molly De Marco explores how transit-oriented development can address the affordable housing crisis in our community. What are your thoughts? Read the column below:

 

 

 

 

 

Three of the biggest challenges facing Chapel Hill are providing affordable housing for people of modest incomes, bringing back tax-paying private-sector employers, and reducing the high cost of providing local government services that has resulted from policies encouraging suburban sprawl.

Transit-oriented development is a proven way to address all three of these challenges.

Chapel Hill has open data - Now what?

The latest column published in the Chapel Hill News by OrangePolitics editors Jason Baker and Molly De Marco plus Josh Mayo asks: "Now that Chapel Hill is providing access to their data, what are we going to do with it?" Read more here and share your thoughts below:

On Jan. 14, Chapel Hill’s town staff held an event at the public library to introduce the town’s new open data portal to the community, and gather feedback about where to take it going forward.

If you haven’t yet seen the portal, we encourage you to visit www.chapelhillopendata.org. Launched last summer, the portal is a platform for sharing the data the town collects and manages so that citizens can use this information, that is essentially ours in the first place, to help make our community a better place.

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