Housing Partners with UNC School of Social Work
UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Alex Lombardi had an aha moment shortly after she began working as an intern for the Housing Department.
Public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are surrounded by student housing. But the communities and residents don’t really mix.
“In Chapel Hill, public housing is so well integrated, that many students are unaware,” she said. “When you’re a student you’re in a sort of bubble.”
Now Lombardi wants to get to know her neighbors – and it’s because of where she works. She is the first student from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in a new field instruction course based at the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department.
Project Update: Chapel Hill Tire Mini Park
As part of the Town’s Downtown 2020 Work Plan, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill are partnering with Chapel Hill Tire and the Hargraves Center to experiment with ideas to activate the public space in front of their location at 502 W. Franklin St. The result is the new Tire Mini Park open now.
The Tire Mini Park is an experiment to determine whether the amenities provided are used and the space activated. Three bike racks have been installed in a coral in the street between the existing parking space and the curb; sets of recycled tire planters create a visual barrier between the seating area and the street; and curved benches have been installed as well.
Users of the park are invited to submit their input to email@example.com.
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