Two, One, or No Local Food Movement(s) in North Carolina? The Significance of Local Activism in the Current Conjuncture

April 24, 2015

Don Nonini presents  research with colleague Dorothy Holland (not pictured) at Hickerson House.

Don Nonini presents research with colleague Dorothy Holland (not pictured) at Hickerson House.

In a presentation today called “Two, One, or No Local Food Movement(s) in North Carolina? The Significance of Local Activism in the Current Conjuncture,” Don Nonini and Dorothy Holland, both of the UNC Department of Anthropology, presented their findings from a multi-sited ethnographic study of local food activism in four regions of North Carolina. After describing the objectives, methodology, and the rationale for four different sites, they summarized their broad finding: there are major differences between food security and sustainable agriculture activisms, and neither one constitutes a social movement.

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Confronting the Dark Side of “Smart Cities”

April 8, 2015

Confronting the Dark Side of “Smart Cities”

Torin Monahan talks with attendees after his presentation at Hickerson House on April 8, 2015.

Torin Monahan talks with attendees after his presentation at Hickerson House on April 8, 2015.

Torin Monahan, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and
2014-2015 Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies

Under the banner of “smart cities,” regional governments around the world are embracing sensing and networking technologies in hopes of solving a wide range of urban problems. Rather than view smart-city developments as neutral, it is important to probe their underlying politics and ask what kinds of worlds are being created in the name of efficiency, economic growth or security.

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Perspectives on Cohousing and Ecovillages: Building Diversity in Intentional Communities

A panel discussion called “Perspectives on Cohousing and Ecovillages: Building Diversity in Intentional Communities” was sponsored by the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 27, 2015. Video of the panel discussion is below.

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Local Political Geography and Racial Inequality: Spatial Evidence from Advocacy and Litigation

Dr. Allan Parnell presents his research on local government infrastructure provision and racial inequities during his talk in the New East Reading Room.

Dr. Allan Parnell presents his research on local government infrastructure provision and racial inequities during his talk in the New East Reading Room.

March 25, 2015

The Center for Urban and Regional Studies sponsored a talk today by Allan Parnell, Ph.D., vice president of the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities, called “Local Political Geography and Racial Inequality: Spatial Evidence from Advocacy and Litigation” in the New East Reading Room at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Continue reading

CURS Researchers Meet with Rep. David Price on Public Housing

Dr. Michael Webb and Kirstin Frescoln with Rep. David Price

Dr. Michael Webb (right) and Kirstin Frescoln with Rep. David Price

Dr. Michael Webb and Kirstin Frescoln met with Congressman David Price and his staffers on Wednesday, February 4th to discuss CURS’ recent report Innovation In Public Housing: The Moving to Work Demonstration. Rep. Price has recently become the ranking Democrat on the House’s Transportation-HUD subcommittee, which oversees HUD and the Moving to Work program.

CURS Director Bill Rohe on WUNC’s The State of Things

February 3, 2015

CURS Director Bill Rohe was a guest on WUNC’s The State of Things today to discuss why North Carolinians struggle to find affordable housing. Click to listen!

Bill Rohe with host Frank Stasio on WUNC's The State of Things

Bill Rohe talks with Frank Stasio on WUNC’s The State of Things (photo credit: Hady Mawajdeh)

In his conversation with host Frank Stasio, Rohe discussed the results of two ongoing studies conducted by UNC’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies that inform the debate over how to help resolve North Carolina’s low- and moderate-income housing shortage.

The first examines the Charlotte Housing Authority’s HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which it used to redevelop Charlotte’s Boulevard Homes site. The study looks at people who were relocated to other public housing units or to private housing using housing choice vouchers (HCVs) during the redevelopment. Rohe noted Charlotte was able to move money around to provide assistance to help tenants move and provide access to counselors. Continue reading

Michael Webb Gives Urban Revitalization Talk at UNC Greensboro

Michael Webb discusses urban revitalization

Michael Webb discusses urban revitalization at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. (photo credit: Sydney Stanley)

CURS Research Associate Michael Webb took on the topic of urban revitalization in a talk at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in early February. Read an article in the UNCG student newspaper about Webb’s talk focusing on the King-Lincoln neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is home to The Ohio State University, where Webb received his Ph.D. in Geography. Continue reading