Theme Summaries for November 19th

At tomorrow’s meeting, the co-chairs will answer a few questions to kick off the discussion about the theme groups’ work.  The questions are:

  • How many people were in your group – excluding staff, scribe and the co-chairs?
  • The three issues we discussed the most were….
  •  The perspectives represented in the room [summary of content/viewpoints expressed]
  • The additional perspectives to seek out are….

Afterward, the participants will be able to add to the conversation and share their ideas. 

To facilitate this conversation, we had the help of two english majors who work at the Town – they took the meeting reports, input from the community and synthesized them into the summaries below.  We hope you enjoy reading them and that they fuel your thinking and conversation tomorrow.


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5 thoughts on “Theme Summaries for November 19th

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  2. Big rock items we should at least consider in this process (apologies if mentioned yesterday, I had to step out for a work call in the middle of the meeting and leave early to work my Habitat shift).
    1) What if the town got into the landlord business? Whether buying existing properties or building new, it feels like that is the only option to keep workforce housing available.
    2) What if Franklin Street was one lane from H Street to either Columbia or Church St or wherever? That would allow diagonal parking, wider sidewalks, etc. Think what Fayetteville St in Raleigh looks like now — opens up much more inviting to the businesses there. We see with the 140 West construction that Franklin St can stand being one lane.

  3. There were several questions yesterday asking about the end goal of theme groups. Questioners asked how the public would be engaged, how the themes would be implemented, etc. In response to those questions, I offered a curriculum design model as a suggestion and several individuals asked me to elaborate here on the blog.

    The model I proposed uses the current themes but adds ‘threads’ that run between each of the theme groups. The threads are those commonalities, such as environmental protection, that when addressed with create a tapestry from the threads. The theme is the weave–or the horizontal line of the design. Each theme is independent in one sense, but we all know they aren’t really. The thread is the warp–or the vertical line of the design–the elements that link the themes. This is also the technique used in analyzing qualitative data. The goal being a plan that is cohesive, rather than themes that stand alone.

  4. Julie McClintock says:

    Please add water quality to the write up summary above on the environment or “Nurturing our Community”. In the years ahead the availability of clean water will become scarcer. We need to plan now to clean up our polluted streams that feed our water supplies. Thank you!

  5. I have been impressed with the planning process and appreciate having a seat at the table. My issue is tourism and letting potential tourists know what Chapel Hill has to offer. Durham has done an excellent job at this. The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau is working with a world class branding firm to let the traveling public know about the area’s assets, from music and food; to festivals, heritage and unique walking tours, trees, greenways and college atmosphere. NC Commerce says this industry leaves $144 million a year here. It’s an economic development potential that I’d like to see receive more priority.

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