Thu 26 Jul 2007
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June 4th, 2007, several local grassroot organizations sponsored a forum on Carolina North (Carolina North Forum: Another Perspective”).
It was an opportunity for folks within our community to ask questions and contribute suggestions on how best to address the challenges and potential rewards of UNC’s overflow campus.
Imagine a thriving research community in the heart of Chapel Hill — a home for innovative technologies and business opportunities, a model of sustainability, self-sufficient, self-powered, a place of the future on a footprint small enough to preserve the surrounding 700 acres of woodlands and streams. One that merges seamlessly into the surrounding community, accessible by a number of transit modes, and with green spaces and amenities that draw citizens from everywhere.
Or…imagine a development the size of five Southpoint shopping malls, traditional buildings with massive parking lots, gridlock as people fill the roads on their way home to northern Orange, Alamance, and Chatham counties. Imagine more and more days with air pollution advisories. Imagine water shortages and increased taxes brought on by poor planning and lack of foresight.
I appreciate the following sponsoring organizations letting me lend a small hand to broadcast this interesting and informative forum to a wider audience.
Sponsors of the Carolina North forum included:
- Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth (NRG)
- Orange-Chatham Sierra Club [most forum speakers belong]
- The Village Project
- Citizens United for Responsive Building (CURB) [Del Snow’s new group]
- Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE)
- Citizen Action for Responsible Roads (CARR)
- Friends of Bolin Creek