Restructuring the Bull City: Urban Form Change in Downtown Durham, North Carolina from 1914 to 2020

By Rahi Patel Intro The City of Durham is growing. Over the last decade, Durham’s population grew by 22%.[1] With the continued migration of technology firms, biotech startups, and other businesses to the Triangle, Durham is poised to continue its rapid growth for the foreseeable future. As cities like Durham continue growing, governments and citizens will have to contend with changes to the built environment. … Continue reading Restructuring the Bull City: Urban Form Change in Downtown Durham, North Carolina from 1914 to 2020

Master’s Project Abstracts: North Carolina Case Studies

Several Master’s Projects from the graduated class of 2021 underscored the impact the Department of City and Regional Planning can have in addressing equity, resilience, and accessibility across the North Carolinian planning landscape. A selection of abstracts and accompanying links to the full report are listed below. For a complete list of DCRP Master’s Projects see here, and for more information on the Master’s Project … Continue reading Master’s Project Abstracts: North Carolina Case Studies

A Queer People’s Atlas of Bull City: Exploring the History and Movement of Queer Bars in Durham, North Carolina (Part 1)

By Mad Bankson & Duncan Dodson Introduction A 2019 Durham-based advertising campaign asserted that “Durham is the most diverse, proud and vibrant destination in North Carolina.”[i] For those outside the state, Durham is most well-known for housing Duke University and for its large research industry. However, the Bull City’s history is defined by the presence of vibrant Black communities like Hayti, Walltown, and Bragtown, Civil … Continue reading A Queer People’s Atlas of Bull City: Exploring the History and Movement of Queer Bars in Durham, North Carolina (Part 1)

From the Archives: Advice from the Class of 2017

Back in 2016, the UNC City and Regional Planning’s Class of 2017 answered some of the incoming class’s deepest darkest questions as they began their first year of graduate school. As the Class of 2023 wraps up week 1 of the program, we revisit this great advice, still just as relevant a full five years later. By Rachel Wexler, Daniel Bullock, and Chris Bendix, MCRP … Continue reading From the Archives: Advice from the Class of 2017

Chapel Hill: the Next Smart Town?

By Jo Kwon With the introduction of new technologies and the pandemic forcing many people to work from home, the media has increasingly used the term “smart cities.” There will be more smart cities worldwide in the coming years, from Toyota’s Woven City to Copenhagen Connecting. However, some have also been scrapped, like Google’s Sidewalk Toronto project, due to the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19.[i] … Continue reading Chapel Hill: the Next Smart Town?

An Interview on Risk Management Tools: “Sometimes They Just Need to Hear It Through Someone Else’s Mouth”

By Jacob Becker Last week I sat down with David Gorelick to learn more about his work modeling risk for water utilities. David Gorelick is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill and a research assistant at the University of North Carolina’s Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems. His current research focuses on identification and mitigation of … Continue reading An Interview on Risk Management Tools: “Sometimes They Just Need to Hear It Through Someone Else’s Mouth”

Local Update: Bolin Creek Trail Underpass

We’ve all been there… You’ve pulled yourself away from your work, laced up your sneakers, and taken one last gulp of water before flying out the door. The beating North Carolina sun won’t make this run any easier, but the shady Bolin Creek Trail will. Just as you’re settling into your run, you stop dead in your tracks. Who put a four-lane road in the middle of my … Continue reading Local Update: Bolin Creek Trail Underpass

Food Hall on Franklin: Blue Dogwood Public Market

A couple months ago, I started working as Project Manager at Blue Dogwood Public Market–a food hall at 306 W Franklin Street (across from Chipotle). I’m excited to share with Carolina Angles readers an interview with one of the owners of the market, Sarah Boak. Sarah works on everything from marketing to events, construction to finding new vendors, and everything in between. Olivia: What is … Continue reading Food Hall on Franklin: Blue Dogwood Public Market

Series: Planning for 36 Hours in Pittsburgh, PA

Planner’s Travel Series About the series: Welcome to our ongoing travel series. These are all posts written by planning students and professionals about what to do in a given city when looking for Brunch, a Brew, or a good idea on a Budget. To cap it all off, we include a fun planning fact! 36 hours is perfect for Pittsburgh. It allows for just enough time to get … Continue reading Series: Planning for 36 Hours in Pittsburgh, PA

Interaction with Memory: Preserving the Past While Embracing Change

“The process of planning is very valuable, for forcing you to think hard about what you are doing, but the actual plan that results from it is probably useless.” – Marc Andreessen “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” – 1984, George Orwell Cities not only represent the future but also have the responsibility to preserve their past. … Continue reading Interaction with Memory: Preserving the Past While Embracing Change