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  • Student Award: Matt Tomasulo — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    ASLA website to learn more about Matt Tomasulo and why City Fabric won ASLA s Honor Award Visit City Fabric and start building community and civic pride for your city by creating conversations about the place you place Intended Purpose Provide a simple and effective yet innovative communication tool for community members to talk about their place Through a simple educational map infused with different products individuals are provided with a means to talk about their city via a contemporary take on the historic Nolli map The Nolli map type figure ground has served as a vital tool for landscape architects architects and planners alike for centuries CityFabric examines the value of the figure ground with the non designer attempting to introduce a new visual language to better understand and talk about the urban landscape Audience Everyone especially the non designer As much as we are landscape architects planners and designers admire and love maps of our place these figure grounds reach is beyond the design niche market The intended audience for CityFabric is any who wants to talk and learn about the place that they love The simplistic and non touristy map is meant to encourage resident tourism while helping build civic pride for your city To date community action committee members middle schoolers soccer moms doctors city councilmen and design enthusiasts alike are all currently supporting the idea of CityFabric Message s There are different ways to look at talk about and support the place that we live The physical environment open space and real estate development patterns have a profound impact on the way that we translate the place that we live CityFabric offers a new and innovative way to examine observe and analyze your city Each product is coupled with nutritional facts about each city s

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/cityfabric (2015-06-03)
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  • Turn Foreclosure Frustration into Policy Action (Opinion – Roberto Quercia) — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    their communities and taxpayers are paying the price This is privatizing profits while socializing losses at its worst Further many of these bad loans were made disproportionately to people of color As a result a staggering one quarter of Latino and African American families lost their homes to foreclosures or are delinquent twice the unacceptably high rate for white borrowers Four years into the crisis policymakers still are considering misguided strategies such as requiring a 20 percent down payment for new home loans Research clearly shows that such a large down payment is not required to ensure borrowers will repay Meanwhile a huge share of the potential housing market would be shut out unnecessarily further frustrating recovery These proposals not only reflect a lack of understanding of the root causes of the crisis but if implemented will prolong the crisis and severely restrict homeownership opportunities for the next generation The best outcome for today s protest would be for the nation to affirm what really caused the crisis shortsighted greed and lack of regulation not lending to working families and take action to restore a sound housing finance system that preserves what has worked to help generations of Americans take that first critical step into the financial mainstream Is the American dream of homeownership for America s working families obsolete an aspiration of a bygone era It is not We know how to save homes restore our communities and promote economic opportunity through fair and sustainable lending The answer lies in the experience of thousands upon thousands of low income low wealth families many of them borrowers of color who bought homes using traditional fixed rate mortgages many with low down payments originated under the auspices of the 30 year old Community Reinvestment Act Despite the worst crisis in generations

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/foreclosure-frustration (2015-06-03)
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  • A home for all seasons (Webb design stands test of time) — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    house Christmas Eve 1952 when I was 8 years old Brinkhous recalls The varnish on the stairs was not yet dry so we had to go outside and come in the front door to get to where the Christmas tree was It was a very cool house he said I remember some of my friends were amazed that it had a dishwasher and garbage disposal The electrical system which is still in use has a low voltage touch plate lighting system flip a relay and turn a light on My dad lived in that house for 47 years and my mother for 50 years Dr David Thomas the current owner is a pathologist who studied under Dr Kenneth Brinkhous Thomas said he always had great respect for Brinkhous as a person and as an esteemed pathologist and he was thrilled to be able to purchase his mentor s former home John Brinkhous generously passed on his father s desk to Thomas and says that the close relationship Thomas had with his father was pivotal in the sale of the home to Thomas Thomas made very few changes to the house It still has its original kitchen baths and windows even the front door is original to the house and all have been maintained beautifully It is an architectural purist s dream with the exception of one structural change When he first purchased the home Thomas had a wall removed between the main floor office originally Dr Brinkhous s office and the master bedroom in order to enlarge the master Otherwise the home is pretty much original with exception of replaced appliances roof heating ac and whatever else required replacing over the years to keep the house well maintained The landscape design of the house has only grown lovelier over the years Designed by Lewis Clark who taught Landscape Architecture at the North Carolina School of Design from 1952 to 1968 the design allows light to bathe the front courtyard car pad and patio The house is close to the road but very private Even from the street you can t see into the hallway The kitchen and dining room looks out onto the patio and the area is fenced The woods at the back and sides of the house provide total privacy walking trails with native wildflowers ferns shrubs and a quiet stream at the bottom My mother loved walking in the woods and looking at wildflowers Brinkhous said The property behind the house was originally owned by a fellow name of Brown and he had a horse with a sled and he would maintain our property and his Brinkhous said There used to be an old mill site with a waterfall adjacent to the property where the kids would play Brinkhous remembered The hillsides also provided places to dig tunnels and a 50 foot natural mountain slide that is still visible from the 15 501 bypass I probably wore out two pair of blue jeans sliding down that hill

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/a-home-for-all-seasons (2015-06-03)
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  • State faces affordable housing gap — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    s dream It is the simple idea that we all deserve a good home even though thousands are still searching We ll exceed 300 applicants this year and we re building 25 houses said Habitat for Humanity of Wake County s Kevin Campbell So you can see there s a lot more that we d like to do Habitat has already completed 10 homes in the Long Acres neighborhood of Raleigh That is only a start and the results are about more than affordable housing Crime in the neighborhood is down 38 percent over the past year And a lot of the credit really goes to the neighbors who have really gotten caught up in the fact that the neighborhood in improving said Campbell Through using a large amount of volunteer labor and offering zero interest loans habitat is often able to keep the cost of home ownership to around 500 a month The programs that are out there produce great housing said Chris Estes MRP 02 with the North Carolina Housing Coalition We have a great delivery system of for profit and non profit developers who build it just not enough funding to keep up with the need The need is even greater for affordable rental housing for people at or below 30 percent of an area s median income level Essentially folks making less than 20 000 a year said Estes So it s people with disabilities seniors on fixed incomes and low wage workers Officials say it will take great collaboration from the government private developers and generous neighbors to make sure more families find good homes Learn more about the North Carolina Housing Coalition s efforts http www nchousing org Chris Estes Executive Director MRP 02 Chris joined the Housing Coalition as its Executive Director in

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/state-faces-affordable-housing-gap (2015-06-03)
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  • Chapelhill2020.jpg — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    People Career Services News About DCRP Contact Us Support DCRP Home News Chapelhill2020 jpg Search Site only in current section Calendar Text Increase font size Decrease font size Info Click to view full size image Size 32 3 kB Document Actions Send this Print this The Department of City and Regional Planning New East Building CB 3140 UNC CH Chapel Hill NC 27599 3140 phone 919 962 3983 fax 919

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  • Chapel Hill 2020: Planning for Sustainability — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    guide the Town Council in managing Chapel Hill s future over the next 10 years Presenting to the Chapel Hill Council Chamber David Godschalk Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners discussed Sustaining Places The Role of the Comprehensive Plan and the role of the comprehensive plan in helping communities to achieve sustainable outcomes He discussed best practices as those that integrate sustainability into the comprehensive planning process During his review Godschalk discussed the features of 10 outstanding comprehensive plans from around the country in terms of how well they meet sustaining places principles Video Chapel Hill 2020 Sustaining Places The Role of the Comprehensive Plan Chapel Hill 2 0 2 0 Chapel Hill 2020 is communitywide project to develop a new comprehensive plan that will guide Chapel Hill s future The Chapel Hill 2020 meetings continue to be among the largest public meeting gatherings in the history of Town issues People are welcome to join with their friends and neighbors as the process continues into 2012 even if they have not participated to date The special topic presentations planned by Chapel Hill 2020 organizers respond to requests from the stakeholders who are developing the plan for the community s future As part of their work in exploring the plan s key themes they are gathering information including demographic economic and budget data One of the first special topic meetings featured Mitch Silver president of the American Planning Association who provided much food for thought to help inform the thinking about what Chapel Hill will look like over the next 10 years and also the next 20 to 30 years His talk focused on demographic trends that are affecting the entire

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/chapelhill2020 (2015-06-03)
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  • Carolina Planning website — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    our archives Carolina Planning website While the Journal will remain primarily a print publication and the current electronic issue will be held back each year our back issues pages provide easy access to over 500 original articles commentaries interviews and book reviews from some of the most formative years of the planning field Contributors run the gamut locally and nationally from nearly every DCRP faculty member past and present to

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/cpjweb (2015-06-03)
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  • cpjwebsm.jpg — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    People Career Services News About DCRP Contact Us Support DCRP Home News cpjwebsm jpg Search Site only in current section Calendar Text Increase font size Decrease font size Info Click to view full size image Size 23 2 kB Document Actions Send this Print this The Department of City and Regional Planning New East Building CB 3140 UNC CH Chapel Hill NC 27599 3140 phone 919 962 3983 fax 919

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