About this blog

This is my blog on the arts scene of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and surrounding Triangle communities. I'll focus on visual arts and the 2ndFriday Artwalk and other visual art events but that doesn't mean I won't chat about music, literary events, film or anything else in the local creative world. Please email with ideas, links, comments or brickbats. [I have comment moderation on so if you don't see your comment right away that means that I haven't had a chance to approve it yet. Sorry, but the spammers.....]

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why Carrboro's so cool

There have been innumerable letters to the editor in the local Chapel Hill newspaper complaining about downtown, parking, the new NC 54 and Rosemary Street (Greenbridge) developments, the lack of arts, yadda, yadda, yadda. Certainly there are problems though I see many of the complaints as after-the-fact whining and without any focus on solutions.

In response the president of the Carrboro Merchants Association, the wonderful photographer Jessie Kalisher, sent a letter extolling the great things that are going on in walkable Carrboro -- arts, restaurants, music, daylife, nightlife. I'd add that there is only an abstract municipal boundary between Carrboro and Chapel Hill and when you add Chapel Hill's West Franklin and Rosemary streets the options for a great walkable town double. Jessie's letter is below. Here's the Carrboro walking map he mentions.