Dream Up Downtown Walks
Meet at the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street at 5:30 pm
Rosemary Walkshop: Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 pm
As a part of the Dream Up Downtown series and the Rosemary Imagined planning process, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is hosting a Rosemary Walkshop! Come walk along Rosemary Street and review and discuss the draft concepts for the street!
The walkshop will begin at the 140 West plaza at 140 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. During the walk, participants will have “moving conservations” as they meander down Rosemary Street and discuss the draft concepts. All walks are free and open to all.
Three draft land use concepts were developed for Rosemary Street based on the community input that was received during the Rosemary Imagined community meetings held in the summer and fall of 2013. For more information about the concepts, please visit: www.rosemaryimagined.com.
We are currently seeking community input about the draft concepts and the draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan, a draft plan that outlines nineteen goals for Rosemary Street. In mid-May, the feedback received will be used to revise the concepts and plan, and the community will be asked to provide their thoughts on the updated versions.
Background on Jane Jacob's Walks:
Jane Jacobs was an urban activist who lived from 1916 to 2006. She introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail by writing about parks, buildings, residences, and self-organization. Jacobs advocated higher density in cities, short blocks, mixed-use zoning, and meaningful open spaces for public use - all of which will be explored in the Dream Up Downtown walks.
A firm believer in the importance of local residents having input on how their neighborhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to familiarize themselves with their cities. It was in the spirit of Jacobs' ideals that community volunteers joined with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership to dream up these walks!
Rosemary Imagined is an innovative community-led planning initiative that will refine our thinking of how Rosemary Street fits into the development and growth of downtown Chapel Hill. This goal of this effort is to develop a vision for the future of the Rosemary Street corridor that emphasizes the Town of Chapel Hill’s focus on connections, choices, and community.
Each Dream Up Downtown walk is designed to explore unique aspects of our downtown through an urban planning perspective meant to foster connections with space and others. The Dream Up Downtown walks are part of nation-wide program through the Center for the Living City, a nonprofit that celebrates the influential ideas of urban activist Jane Jacobs by helping communities organize walks to educate citizens on their communities. These walks have taken place in cities across the US, including Denver, Austin, New York, Austin, Philadelphia and Charlotte.