The Downtown "Riddle"

If you are interested in the Downtown "Riddle," you must read the May/June edition of the Chapel Hill Magazine.  On page 56, there is an interview with Fayetteville's own Joe Riddle, the well-known owner of some of our empty Franklin St. property.

In the "Letter from the publisher," Dan Shannon says the interview is "a lively mixture of raw honesty, combativeness, disingenuousness and skepticism."  The wary Riddle doesn't treat reporter Lisa Rossi with much respect and obviously doesn't believe that any interview will do him justice.

Liz Parham, Exec. Dir. of CH Downtown Partnership resigns

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Board of Directors announced today that Liz Parham, executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, has resigned from her position effective July 18, 2008. Ms. Parham will assume the role of director of the Office of Urban Development for the Division of Community Assistance in the North Carolina Department of Commerce on July 21st.

Public info meeting on lighting in downtown C.H.

Notice via the Downtown Partnership:

The Town of Chapel Hill will hold a public information meeting to discuss preliminary recommendations for emergency call boxes and pedestrian level street lighting in the downtown area of Chapel Hill.

Town staff will discuss and seek input from the public regarding preliminary recommendations for emergency call boxes and pedestrian level street lighting in the Northside neighborhood, Cameron-McCauley neighborhoods and Rosemary Street between Hillsborough and Boundary streets. For more information, contact Engineering Services Manager Kumar Neppalli at 969-5093 or e-mail

Tuesday, April 8
7:00 pm
Chapel Hill Town Hall, 4
05 Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD


Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Subsidise Local???

Someone brought up the idea of downtown businesses giving a discount for people shopping off peak hours. Unfortunately, small business really doesn't have the money to do that. Part of that is that State and Local subsidies and development go to out of town ventures - like Interstate 40, The Parton Theater and Carolina North. We encourage people to buy locally, but what is government doing to help local businesses?

I don't have any preconceived notions on this, just the usual anectdotal evidence that many cite as fact. However, it is interesting how Micro-Loans have helped in developing countries. I believe someone won a Nobel Prize with that one.

As a taxpayer and homeowner in Chapel Hill, I am in favor of things that help out working people (and students) like free bus service. I feel like that is giving people a hand-up rather than a hand out and helps local business, the environment and actually keeps taxes lower (fewer car trips, fewer road repairs).

Meeting the Access Management Challenges of Downtown Carrboro

I was going to try to re-hash the following into a column for the Citizen, but the issue of access in downtown Carrboro has generated so much discussion this week I figure I might as well put this out now. Below the jump is an email I sent to Mayor Chilton and all members of the BOA regarding the broad issue of access to downtown, and a sampling of several Transportation Demand Mangement strategies the town could pursue.



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