11 thoughts on “A Place for everyone

  1. I would like to get in touch with Maggie Hite. Once a librarian always a librarian. I wrote a book on how to train school librarians and I will appreciate her professional opinion on it before I send it to the publishers. Also i just want to catch up with what’s happening in her life post WLP. I hope she still considers me a friend when all is said and done.

  2. Debbie Mozgala says:

    I am interested in saving as much land as possible and maintaining natural water resources. I am in favor of the Obey Creek development project as a community performing arts center. The footprint of land used is less than all other development choices and the park and ride lot across the street could be used during evenings and weekends. Having a state of the art 1000 seat theater could truly be an asset to the Town of Chapel Hill.

    I also am in favor of the Parks and Recreation Department constructing indoor Tennis courts. We have none except for one private club in town. I know money is tight, but can we at least write it into the Comp Plan as a desired goal.

  3. Maggie Hite says:

    I hope this is the right place to put this… I work at the Chapel Hill Public Library and have followed the 2020 process (and participated in one event). I used to live in Chapel Hill but had to buy a house in Durham because I couldn’t afford one here in the community of my heart, Chapel Hill. I care a lot about Chapel Hill and hope to be able to move back some day. The theme here is “A Place for Everyone: diversity, cultural vibrancy, & the arts (youth, teens, safe places, a welcoming community, arts, creativity, celebrations, special events, inclusion).” I just wanted to tell you that that is what I see when I come in to our library: every one of these folks is here. Story time just got out so we have lots of kids and parents around. There are several gray beards and white heads sitting in our reading area. The computer lab usually has people applying for or researching jobs online and right now there is a rainbow nation of people sitting at those computers and the rest of the library. Soon school will be out and we’ll fill up with teens and younger kids in our Youth Services area. Arts, creativity, special events? We are sponsoring a play about Rosa Parks put on by Chapel Hill’s own Transit Department this Saturday at 3pm and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble is coming at 2pm on the 18th of February. I don’t want to make this an ad for CHPL so I’m not listing all we do or any statistics for usage. I just wanted to tell you all that I feel like I work in a place for everyone, where a whole community lives, gathers and plays.

  4. Jan Dodds says:

    I was interested to learn about the studies that the town has conducted over the past couple of years and that those will be reviewed on Jan. 10. I am also glad there will be a presentation from the schools in the near future. I wonder if there are studies about social support, more emotional and neighborly, than clothing, housing, and food. Perhaps the police department has reports about how comfortable and safe people feel in their neighborhoods? Maybe IFC or Social Services knows about how comfortable people feel about reaching out for help when family and friends are not able to help. Maybe Mental Health Service community can provide information about how to describe and measure this and how we are doing? This social support is what will make a community or town sustainable.

  5. Jan Dodds says:

    I was very informed by David Godchalk’s presentation. I liked the category “Community and Neighborhood Livability” that was used in Fort Collins. I wonder if that is what this group is actually about. I also liked the category “Safety and Wellness”. I see Safety is to be covered in Good places and New Spaces. Because they are also dealing with the rural buffer and overall scope of growth, I wonder if they will be able to get to the detailed discussion needed to look thoroughly at safety and whether they will address wellness at all. Perhaps this group could expand its vision to “Community and Neighborhood Livability” and include safety and wellness.

  6. Lennart Holmquist says:

    As a part of the arts in Chapel Hill we need to discuss and encourage the art of architecture.

    We have seen in Chapel Hill in recent years the construction of a few buildings of excellent aesthetics, but more often buildings that lack good design.

    Architecture will largely determine the beauty of Chapel Hill in the future. We need to more rigorously influence now the buildings that are planned and designed.

  7. Jan Dodds says:

    I am concerned at the lack of visible discussion about institutionalized racism in the community. We have evidence of a problem–lawsuit by sanitation workers and persistent educational underachievement of children of color. Solutions require a much deeper level of analysis since we have had this situation for 400 years. It will not be solved by this plan but it won’t be solved by denying its existence as well. There need to be recommendations in all the theme areas that will include a resolute commitment to face the issue of institutionalized racism and learn an analysis to move us to deep work. I recommend the Racial Equity Institute’s Dismantling Workshops conducted regularly in our area.

  8. Whitcomb Rummel says:

    We must focus adequate attention on the importance of the Carolina North development. This will be, without doubt, the single largest project in the town’s history. How will the surrounding area change? Will there be adequate density zoned for the area to maximize its potential? How will it affect roadways to the area, most especially Estes Drive? These and many more questions require that we spend a good amount of time on the project – but I see little mention of this specific item in any documentation thus far.

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