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Community Climate Action Plan aims to half Carrboro's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

Community Climate Action Plan aims to half Carrboro’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

When people think about Carrboro, a lot of people and places come to mind. Now, the town is working hard to ensure a certain color comes to mind: green. “If there is any place that can adopt the radical changes that climate change calls for today, I think that it’s Carrboro,” said Alderman Sammy Slade. “And we can hopefully be… Read more →

During Carrboro's 'Poetry Month,' poet laureate Celisa Steele reflects

During Carrboro’s ‘Poetry Month,’ poet laureate Celisa Steele reflects

Celisa Steele didn’t arrive in Carrboro expecting to become poet laureate. She surprised even herself when she was awarded the position after applying three years ago. Since then, Steele has learned more about who she is and has gotten to know the thriving community of poets in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. “As I approach the end of my term, I know so… Read more →

Carrboro Aldermen pass text amendment as Carrboro’s sense of community is questioned

Carrboro Aldermen pass text amendment as Carrboro’s sense of community is questioned

Compassionate Carrboro. That was one of the buzzwords that residents, both for and against the proposed Inter-Faith Council food pantry in downtown, used to describe Carrboro on Tuesday, March 22, at the Board of Aldermen’s public hearing. The public hearing was held as part of the city’s rezoning process, which if approved would allow social services like IFC to provide… Read more →

LGBTQ community fights HB2

LGBTQ community fights HB2

   North Carolina’s newest legislation—known as HB2—reverses a Charlotte ordinance, which extended rights to people who are gay or transgender. Carrboro’s LGBTQ community plans to fight this bill until laws are changed. On Feb. 22, Charlotte passed a law that granted protection to LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation. In response, on March 23, North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed… Read more →

Chapel Hill cracks down on Northside housing ordinances to help with affordability

Chapel Hill cracks down on Northside housing ordinances to help with affordability

Change — it’s something the Northside neighborhood has grown accustomed to over the years. On Feb. 8, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved ordinances that would create more changes in the historic, black Chapel Hill neighborhood. These changes include improving the affordability and energy efficiency of homes in the neighborhood. The ordinances also raised concerns about enforcement issues with student… Read more →

Carrboro seeks to improve downtown parking situation

Carrboro seeks to improve downtown parking situation

The town of Carrboro prides itself on its walkability; however, there are times when both visitors and residents need to drive. With driving comes the need for parking. According to town officials, Carrboro currently has five municipal lots, with a total of 600 parking spaces downtown that are for public use. Of the 600 public spots, 350 spots are a… Read more →

Transportation Advisory Board works to improve pedestrian safety

Transportation Advisory Board works to improve pedestrian safety

Between the various coffee shops, restaurants and thrift stores in Carrboro, on any given day the streets of downtown are bustling with people. “Carrboro is an extremely walkable town,” said Linda Haac, chair of the Transportation Advisory Board. “People are always walking or biking.” At a Board of Aldermen meeting in 2014, the issue of pedestrian safety in Carrboro was… Read more →

Carrboro hosts third annual Open Streets event

Carrboro hosts third annual Open Streets event

No cars could be found on Weaver Street Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t mean the heart of Carrboro wasn’t bustling. Instead, hundreds of local residents took to other means of transportation — including walking, bicycling, in-line skating and riding scooters — for Carrboro’s third annual Open Streets event. Started by the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition in 2013, Open Streets seeks to… Read more →

Panel helps build relationships between residents, police

Panel helps build relationships between residents, police

Lorie Clark’s vision became a reality Saturday, Feb. 28, at Hargraves Community Center as the “Know Your Rights” panel discussion opened dialogue between law enforcement and residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Clark, a Chapel Hill native, said she feared many young people weren’t aware of their rights when approached by or interacting with police. “We want youth to be… Read more →