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    Bait & Switch 101 – The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    April 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    This is David Schwartz Have you heard about the Town’s plan to rezone 200 acres of land around Eastgate and Ram’s Plaza? It’s called the Ephesus-Fordham plan. Perhaps you’ve heard or read about how wonderful this plan is, or maybe you’ve seen the pretty pictures of what this area of town will supposedly look like […]

  • Doubts About The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    April 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Julie McClintock. Many folks are still in the dark about the radical Town plans to apply a new zone to Ephesus-Fordham – including Park Apartments, Ram’s Plaza, Eastgate, and Village Plaza. The Town is promoting more intense 7-story redevelopment of this existing commercial area. So why isn’t this a good idea? 1. The […]

  • Cheering The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    April 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

    There are a lot of reasons I’m excited about the Ephesus-Fordham plan. Clearly, the roads are broken. They’re tricky for motorists, unfriendly for pedestrians, and downright dangerous for bicyclists. Clearly, the zoning is broken. It was designed for the 1970s suburban sprawl era, so property owners really can’t do much more than gussy up their aging strip malls under the current code. Clearly, the tax base is broken. With so many shopping and dining choices just across the county line, there’s probably no part of town that bleeds more sales tax than the Ephesus-Fordham area.

  • Keep Our Drinking Water Clean

    March 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I REALLY take water for granted. OWASA does such a good job keeping our water clean and flowing, I rarely think about how that water gets to my family’s tap when I turn the faucet. The truth is, most of our water comes to us […]

  • Dreaming Up A Carrboro Library

    March 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Nerys Levy, and I’m a friend of the Carrboro Branch Library. Over the past 25 years our group has struggled to get a fully functioning branch of the Orange County Public Library in Carrboro. We are now delighted to announce that the Southern Branch Library is becoming a reality. Tonight, March 25 at […]

  • Focusing Your Investigation

    March 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Lew Margolis. As Attorney Kenneth Wainstein begins the latest next investigation of the impact of big-time sports on UNC, I’d like to offer two suggestions. First, refrain from using the term “student-athlete,” because this term does not clarify, it only adds confusion to the investigations and discussions that you are about to undertake. […]

  • A Moral Monday For The Coal Ash Spill

    March 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This is Vicki Ryder. Are you concerned about the health risks of living and fishing near a coal ash pond? Do you have questions about Gov. McCrory and the NC Department of Environmental Resources’ response to the spill? Do you believe Duke Energy needs to use this opportunity to create jobs and pay to clean […]

  • Captive Audience

    March 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    This is Raleigh Mann. My bride Betsy and I have been in the North Carolina Cancer Hospital and the adjacent Women’s Hospital off of Manning Drive a lot lately. She has been receiving treatments there, and our experiences at both places have been wonderful. Of course, no one wants to have cancer or to have […]

  • Playing Basketball In The Snow

    February 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    This is Lew Margolis. Now that the snow has melted and the supplies of road salt depleted, I have a question. How are a postponed UNC/Duke basketball game, Notre Dame volleyball, Thursday night football in Chapel Hill, and fake courses, heavily populated by athletes, related? Each is an example of the university compromising its mission […]

  • The Ephesus/Fordham Plan Is Right For Chapel Hill

    February 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This is Kristen Smith. Chapel Hill, we have a real opportunity before us. After several years of work, the Town is looking to begin implementation of the Ephesus Church Rd./Fordham Blvd. small area plan. The plan was approved in June 2011 and was crafted with the involvement of a diverse set of stakeholders. In an […]

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