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Random Quote of the Day

September 2, 2016
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“If you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people.” - Gil Penalosa

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The Economic Value of Walkability: New Evidence

September 2, 2016
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The Economic Value of Walkability: New Evidence

The real estate industry widely uses Walk Score as a measure of a community's walkability.  Many people want the health, social, and environmental benefits of living in communities in which common tasks can be easily accomplished without...

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Nature & Green Space are not Synonymous

June 8, 2016
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"Nature" and "green space" are not synonymous."Green space" can better be understood as nature band-aids, such as berms, pointless setbacks, and ornamental shrubbery ensembles meant to shield or "soften" hopelessly bad urban design. You know you've enc...

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Agriculture is the New Golf

May 18, 2016
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Agriculture is the New Golf

Agriculture is the New Golf: Rethinking Suburban Communitiesby Allison ArieffThere is new movement to plan suburban communities around farms instead of golf courses. Can it catch on?It has often been observed that suburbia is a place where th...

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A Tale of Two Planners: Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses

May 5, 2016
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A Tale of Two Planners: Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses

Click here for this concise by insightful article by Lauren Walser for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.The article highlights two very different approaches to city planning, one was top-down and closed-door, the other inclusive and embraci...

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Trail-Oriented Development

May 2, 2016
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Trail-Oriented Development

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2016) — Cyclists, take note: real estate developers and cities are becoming more responsive to your needs by creating an increasing number of communities tailored to those who would rather bike than drive. A new Urban Land Insti...

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Pop-Up Public Art

April 11, 2016
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Pop-Up Public Art

Pittsboro PARKS has organized several pop-up, spontaneous art projects done at low or no cost to add some vibrancy to our artistic town.  Pittsboro's Page Vernon Park needed a little more life this winter, so French Connections was kind enough to ...

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How Urban Parks are Bringing Nature Closer to Home

March 10, 2016
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How Urban Parks are Bringing Nature Closer to Home

This article from National Geographic on Urban Parks is a feast for the eyes - enjoy.Photos of Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park - photos courtesy of David Blevins or Paul Horne (Needless to say, the professional looking ones are David's!)rights reserved

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Hidden Stormwater Features of Page Vernon Park

March 4, 2016
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Hidden Stormwater Features of Page Vernon Park

When designing Page Vernon Park, it was determined early on that a brick paver hardscape would be a particularly appropriate surface for this tiny, urban park.  Native North Carolinian brick requires negligible maintenance, can accommodate high vo...

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Saving The Best: North Carolina State Parks At 100

February 11, 2016
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Did you know that our wonderful State Parks System is 100 years old this year?

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Page Vernon Park Documentary Video

January 14, 2016
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Economic Benefits of Parks, Trails & Open Space

January 7, 2016
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Economic Benefits of Parks, Trails & Open Space

ECONOMIC BENEFITS of TRAILSHosted by AmericanTrails.orgNot only do open spaces, recreation areas, and walkable neighborhoods strongly influence how active people are, they provide fiscal benefits to municipal governments as well as nearby resident...

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Creating Healthy Human Habitats

November 20, 2015
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Here's a brilliant video on creating healthy human habitats:Insights on how to create built environments where humans can thrive.  

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Open Space – the left over bits or more?

October 30, 2015
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Open Space – the left over bits or more?

Is Open Space perceived as just the left over undevelopable wetlands, steep slopes and floodplains, or can it play a more central role?  Photo of Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia courtesy of UrbanGrammer"In the US, the maybe most famous ...

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Free Wifi Hotspot in Page Vernon Park

October 8, 2015
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Free Wifi Hotspot in Page Vernon Park

Page Vernon Park is sure to become a great place not only for rest and relaxation, but also as a place for productive work as an office away from the office. This is thanks to a free-to-the-public wifi hotspot provided by Pittsboro Parks and Chatham Wi...

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Page Vernon Park Grand Opening! October 10

September 25, 2015
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Page Vernon Park Grand Opening! October 10

Please join us on Saturday October 10 at 11:30 am for a community event celebrating the grand opening of Pittsboro's latest addition to our common ground, Page Vernon Park. The address is 110 Hillsboro Street in Downtown Historic Pittsboro.  Featu...

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The Urban Planning of Burning Man

August 27, 2015
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The Urban Planning of Burning Man

Burning Man "needed urban design because it's a city" says founder Larry Harvey.  This fascinating article, and beautiful slide show, courtesy of dezeen magazine details how relative order evolved from anarchy at the Burning Man Festival. Aro...

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Page Vernon Park – Coming Soon

August 18, 2015
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Page Vernon Park – Coming Soon

Page Vernon Park, a small urban plaza in the heart of Historic Downtown Pittsboro, is under construction and is expected to be completed by early October.  The new park will feature benches, a picnic table, and a beautiful curved stone seat-wall. ...

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A menace to the morals, happiess, and welfare of the people . . .

June 6, 2015
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A menace to the morals, happiess, and welfare of the people . . .

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 160A-351  (2014)§ 160A-351. Declaration of State policy    The lack of adequate recreational programs and facilities is a menace to the morals, happiness, and welfare of the people of this State.Making avail...

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Pittsboro Area Swimming Pools

April 28, 2015
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There are no public pools in the Pittsboro Parks system, but there are private facilities in thea area that offer memberships - here's a listing:Area Private Pools:Duke Center for Living at Fearington heated indoor poolBriar Chapel Pools comp...

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