North Carolina’s Tech Boom and Housing Affordability

By Elijah Gullett In light of Apple’s announcement that they will be placing one of their headquarters in Wake County, many fear skyrocketing housing costs in response. Apple touts that this new 3,000 new jobs to the area, potentially encouraging mass migration to the Raleigh-Durham area. Google has also recently announced their plans to build a hub in Durham and claims that they will eventually … Continue reading North Carolina’s Tech Boom and Housing Affordability

A Call to End Parking Minimums in Carrboro for a More Equitable, Sustainable, and Economically Vibrant Future

By Will Curran-Groome With the Town of Carrboro’s first-ever comprehensive planning effort currently under way, our community has a unique opportunity to assess where we’re at and chart a better vision for the future. This is a call for Carrboro’s Town Council to abolish parking minimums in Carrboro, which will help to move our town toward a more racially and economically equitable, sustainable, and economically … Continue reading A Call to End Parking Minimums in Carrboro for a More Equitable, Sustainable, and Economically Vibrant Future

The Potential Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles on Future U.S. Land Use

By Will Anderson The following is written under the assumption that by the year 2050, the United States will have completely converted to the usage of level 5 autonomous vehicles (AVs). This means that all vehicles will be fully automated and capable of performing all driving functions under any conditions. Innovations such as camera sensors, Lidar, Radar, ultrasound, and computer vision will enable AVs to … Continue reading The Potential Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles on Future U.S. Land Use

Planning as a Front Row Political Issue

By: Evan King The people who benefit most from the American urban environment’s injustices do not usually make a habit of talking about them. Wealthy suburbs are built not just to keep resources away from minorities, but to make this deprivation invisible and undiscussed. It’s no coincidence that high-profile political debate rarely focuses on the built environment – national elections hinge on the support of … Continue reading Planning as a Front Row Political Issue

When to Encourage a Monopoly: Uber and Lyft Are Killing Public Transit

By Evan King From an equity, economic, and common sense standpoint, the title of this post sounds terrible. Hear me out. Public transit is in trouble and has been for years. Transit ridership has been falling across the United States, and researchers have been coming closer and closer to attributing this to the rise of ride-hailing. Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft fulfill … Continue reading When to Encourage a Monopoly: Uber and Lyft Are Killing Public Transit

Greenwashing Alert: Where’s the Three Zeros Plan, UNC?

I made a plan to strike for the climate on the steps of South Building where senior administrators make decisions that directly determine UNC’s environmental impact. I would call for the public release of a comprehensive, actionable Three Zeros Plan that explains in detail how the University will achieve its widely publicized and highly celebrated goals. Continue reading Greenwashing Alert: Where’s the Three Zeros Plan, UNC?

The Untold Story of Amazon’s Arrival to Hudson Yards

By Brandon Tubby In March 2019, an assortment of politicians, businessmen, and architects gathered in Manhattan’s Far West Side to celebrate the grand opening of Hudson Yards, New York’s newest neighborhood. The city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, though, was notably absent. Make no mistake – the event was certainly worthy of mayoral attention. With its soaring towers, expertly-engineered 26-acre platform, and $25 billion price tag, … Continue reading The Untold Story of Amazon’s Arrival to Hudson Yards

Top 10 Best Public Places in Chapel Hill

By: Brandon Tubby Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a place full of places. The history of the town, founded in 1783, is inextricably tied to that of the country’s first public university and the flagship university of the state of North Carolina. Such a close association between a university and the town it resides in is evident as the university carries the name of its … Continue reading Top 10 Best Public Places in Chapel Hill

The Path to Equity: Do Greenways Help or Harm Low-Income Communities?

It’s not easy being green . . .  unless you are a greenway. In that case, you’re probably a hot ticket for municipalities, especially those in North Carolina. As part of the East Coast Greenway, 372 miles of trails wind across the state. Get Going NC, a blog created by Cary-based author Joe Miller in cooperation with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North … Continue reading The Path to Equity: Do Greenways Help or Harm Low-Income Communities?