Friday, November 20, 2015

Creating Healthy Human Habitats

Here's a brilliant video on creating healthy human habitats:

Insights on how to create built environments where humans can thrive.  

Friday, October 30, 2015

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 American landscape designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and his sons, the Olmsted brothers, began in the 19th century to see open space not just as the absence of development but as an organizing piece: Man-made nature surrounded by development. They designed parks as centers, as magnets that hold everything together, as real three dimensional spaces that were indivisible from development itself. The most famous example of this new type of thinking about open space is Central Park in Manhattan. Now a world renowned park, that gives the surrounding edges enormous value, it was back then part of a largely undeveloped peninsula. But Olmsted could see a different future in which is design would be would be not just the frosting on a cake, but maybe the most important ingredient. He foresaw the future and helped shape it. The park as organizer, as catalyst, as vital resource, a far cry from being just the passive absence of development."

Text excerpt from: Klaus Philipsen. (2012, November 15). Community Architect: "Open Space" the Stepchild of Planning is Key for the Future of Suburbs. Retrieved from

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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 Wireless.  Chatham Wireless is generously providing the service profit-free to the Town.

Rock Ridge Park, and Town Lake Park also offer this popular service.

Friday, September 25, 2015

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.  

Featuring Andrew Kasab and his wonderful Harp Guitar. Here's a preview!

BBQ available from Pittsboro's own Chatham Barbecue courtesy of 
Valleycrest Landscape Development!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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. Around 70,000 people converge annually to form a temporary, high density, bicycle friendly, recreation oriented city every year.
Photograph by Christopher Michel licensed under CC; use of this photo does not imply the photographer's 
endorsement of this site or this specific use of his work. 
"Burning Man aerial" by Kyle Harmon from Oakland, CA, USA -
Burning ManUploaded by PDTillman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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.  Efforts are underway to also make this a free public wifi hotspot.

Page Vernon Park Rendering - courtesy Rob Emerson (larger image here)
The Park is dedicated to the memory of the late District Court Judge Page Humphrey Vernon, who passed away in 2013. She'll be remembered as a tireless advocate for the children and families of Chatham County. Her heirs donated the land for this park, and the picnic table under the shade of the park's large pecan tree was one of her favorite places.

Construction progress as of August 17, 2015 (larger image here)
Contributions from the Trust of James Milton Johnson and Laura Blair Johnson, the Chatham County ABC Board and personal contributions from many individual park supporters also helped make this park possible by supplementing public allocations from the Town of Pittsboro.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

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 available recreational opportunities for citizens of all ages is a subject of general interest and concern, and a function requiring appropriate action by both State and local government. The General Assembly therefore declares that the public good and the general welfare of the citizens of this State require adequate recreation programs, that the creation, establishment, and operation of parks and recreation programs is a proper governmental function, and that it is the policy of North Carolina to forever encourage, foster, and provide these facilities and programs for all its citizens.

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