As a resident I can attest to the fact that the average Chapel Hill citizen is tired of having developers and the chamber of commerce coming in and trying to design our town and the life we want to have in it for us. McGurk is absolutely correct. I think because Chapel Hill looks like a nice juicy money making opportunity for folks outside the area due to our higher than average incomes, we attract a lot of vultures. These same business owners who keep complaining about all the rules and regulations and such create a lot of their own problems by trying to turn the town into the clientele they want rather than trying to serve who lives here. If these businesses want to create Cary in our downtown, instead maybe they would make more money and it would be easier to just move to Cary? Here is a good example. Chapel Hill has very little affordable housing left. One of the reasons we liked the area and moved here was the progressive political environment and that we had a mix of neighbors of all income levels. However I live off Ephesus and we currently have a pushy out of community developer trying to demolish some of the last affordable apartments in our area to put up a 7 story high rise condo complex. And this was after they evicted the families many of us knew or our kids where friends of their kids only because they were on section 8. They also don't seem to care about the traffic congestion such a major project would bring to one of the busiest and most poorly designed intersections in orange county. They do all of this without talking to any of us who live around them and are then surprised when they get a less than warm reception?? As far as the panhandlers go, its part of the downtown. Every town has them. If they bother you that much then maybe Chapel Hill isn't the place for you? I talk to many of them and find them very pleasant although troubled people. Maybe if these developers and business owners listened to what the community wants rather than trying to force unwanted business or development on us, things would turn out differently. The town exists as a community we live in. Not solely as a profit making venture for a privileged few.
Wow. So an undocumented kid here illegally is holding the sheriff "accountable" for upholding the law??? A person disobeying the law is claiming discrimination based on a law. If we use the illegal immigrants logic then we can ignore the racial profiling law becasue we don't agree with that law and arrest him anyways.See what I mean here? We set a dangerous precedent when we pick and choose which laws to obey and enforce. If these folks want to be citizens then I say bully for them. Go get in line and apply for citizenship. But I don't think trying to get the protection of the law your breaking sits well with most citizens and kind of undermines the argument of you becoming a good citizen. For starters you do not have a RIGHT to be here. It is a privilege you have to apply for unless you were born here. And this is pretty standard practice in every nation of the world.
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