UNCG’s Lee Street underpass is worth seeing

Underpass entrance on Lee Street

View of the UNCG underpass from the Lee Street side

White, blue and gold tiles

Ceiling of the UNCG Lee Street underpass

UNCG’s underpass to Lee Street, under the railroad tracks at the end of Forest Street, provides a more pleasant passage to Glenwood than we’ve had before. It’s an asset to the campus from both a functional perspective and from an aesthetic point of view.

The construction project recently won a regional award as the best construction project of the year under $10 million. Degree of difficulty was a consideration: New Atlantic Contracting had to tunnel under the tracks with 34 trains rumbling overhead every day.

The underpass opened in April. The new UNCG police station is under construction at the Lee Street entrance.

Triad Business Journal has some good pictures of the structure along with an article on the award.

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Ellis & Jason Marsalis in concert, September 12 at UNCG

Graphic advertising Marsalis concertELLIS & JASON MARSALIS IN CONCERT
September 12, 2014
8:00pm
Aycock Auditorium
Ticket Prices: $20/$15, UNCG Students $5

Get Tickets

UNCG’s University Performing Arts Series presents Ellis Marsalis, the legendary music educator and acclaimed jazz pianist, and his son Jason, an innovative percussionist.

NPR has said “When the subject of jazz comes up these days, the name Marsalis is soon sure to follow.”

The father-and-son duet, bookends of a New Orleans jazz dynasty, will combine for a performance at Aycock Auditorium Friday, Sept. 12.

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a combination of jazz tradition from Ellis Marsalis, and modern, percussive interpretations of that tradition from his son — together, in a single performance.

Buy online at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/upas or call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336 272-0160.

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Who is John Galt, and where did his badly parked Toyota go?

Tow truck, badly parked car, police car

A tow truck driver hooks up a RAV4 that was blocking a driveway on Carr Street this morning.

Note to sovereign citizens and others who would leave their clumsily parked cars blocking driveways: The parking laws don’t bend that far.

And if you’re a Libertarian looking for your RAV4 today, check with the police. A blue RAV4 with a Ron Paul for President bumper sticker was parked blocking the driveway at 919 Carr Street this morning. The passenger-side tires were actually up into the driveway — must have been a rough night.  And it must have been a slow morning for crime in Greensboro. Two police cars showed up and had that thing yanked out of there in no time flat.

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Update: Make that 3 cars stolen from the Province

Today’s report from crimemapping.com contains news of a third car stolen from the Province on Thursday. This one was taken from the 800 block of Province Spring Circle, which is actually within the apartment complex. Three stolen cars in one day. Do they have any kind of security there at all?

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Two break-ins and two stolen cars reported this week

Two burglaries were reported this week in the 500 block of South Mendenhall Street. In addition, residents in the area of the Province reported two cars stolen.

The burglaries were reported on Wednesday at 11 p.m. and Thursday at midnight. The 500 block of South Mendenhall runs between Walker Avenue and Spring Garden Street and includes a mix of apartments, businesses and churches.

The stolen cars both were reported on Thursday. The first report came from the 800 block of Lilly Avenue, off South Mendenhall Street, at 2:30 a.m. The other came at 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening from the 500 block of Houston Street, off Fulton.

More information may be available from the Greensboro Police Department. This information was provided by crimemapping.com.

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News from August CHNA meeting: New streetlight endorsed, poorly lit streets targeted, 2 cleanup days scheduled and more

Streetlight at Walker and Fulton

The new light on Walker at Fulton. Click the photo to see it bigger.

A new style of streetlight has received the support of the College Hill Neighborhood Association.  A sample of the light has been installed on Walker Avenue at Fulton Street. In its monthly meeting Monday, the neighborhood association board unanimously approved its use in the neighborhood.

While the light is designed in a historic style, it is mounted on utility poles rather than as a free-standing streetlamp.  The lights use LEDs instead of bulbs, directing the light more directly downward, rather than the lightbulb-type, 360-degree effect of College Hill’s existing lights.

With the neighborhood’s support, the city plans to install the new fixtures in spots where existing streetlights provide too little light. An initial list of such locations has been created by neighborhood residents. The city will conduct a survey to form a complete list.

Places suggested so far are:

  • West McGee Street at Spring Street
  • Tate Street at Rankin Place
  • Walker Avenue at South Mendenhall Street
  • Walker Avenue at Fulton Street, where the sample light is located

If there are any locations on College Hill’s streets that you’ve spotted that are too dark, please list them in an email and send it to us so we can add them to the list.

In addition, the neighborhood continues its years-long effort to get Duke Energy to replace two streetlights that have been eliminated by auto accidents and another that the city removed for construction and never returned. Their locations are:

  • 500 South Mendenhall, in front of the church parking lot, taken out by a car more than two years ago.
  • 800 West McGee Street, just west of Cedar Street, hit by a car over a year ago.
  • 630 Fulton Street (approximately), in front of the Province apartments.  The city removed it more than two years ago while doing street and drainage work.

The city has taken a very active role in this effort lately. Duke Energy, after years of foot-dragging, evasions and its other usual shenanigans, has had a change of attitude and is now acting in a more cooperative way. That said, the lights still haven’t been replaced, and we have no specific timetable for when they will be. But progress does appear to be occurring.

The neighborhood association also is seeking to have trees trimmed in various locations where they’re obstructing street lights and need to be cut back.

Two workdays scheduled

The neighborhood association has scheduled two workdays. Please join us and help clean up the neighborhood!

  • On Saturday September 13, we’ll have a long overdue cleanup at the tiny vacant lot the neighborhood owns in the 600 block of South Mendenhall Street. Please bring whatever yard implements you care to (one neighbor already has volunteered to bring a lawn mower). Refreshments and yard bags will be provided.
  • On Saturday October 4, we’ll have a neighborhood-wide street cleanup. It has been years since we’ve done this. It always makes a real difference. It would be a good habit to get back into. Your help is definitely needed. Please plan to join us.

And more

There was more, but this has been a lot to read. Enough already. Thanks for sticking with it. We’ll have more later this week.

Don’t forget the party at Springdale Park on September 6. More on that soon, too.

 

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New style of streetlight being tested at Walker and Fulton

Utility pole with streetlight

An example of the new style of streetlight is located at Walker Avenue and Fulton Street.

The city has offered College Hill a new style of streetlight for installation where additional lighting is needed.  The new light, seen at left, is designed in a historic style. It’s mounted on utility poles, bypassing the expense and act of God required to get new historic-style lampposts. They use LED lights. If you look up at it from close range, you can see a square LED panel where a lightbulb would be.

One of these lights has been installed for us to look at, at the corner of Walker and Fulton. The neighborhood association will consider this Monday evening.  A number of locations in the neighborhood have been designated for additional lighting to eliminate dark spots. This type of light could go in those places. These also could potentially replace the conventional streetlights mounted on utility poles on Edgar Street.

If you have an opportunity to go over and give it a look, let us know what you think by sending an email to this address. Thanks. If this is something people are OK with, it could speed things up on getting some dark areas of the neighborhood fixed up with better lighting.

Updates: Responses to our request for comments.

Neighbor Joe Wheby:

“The more I look at the quality of light this new style emits, the more I like it.  The light is more focused towards the ground and does not spill into residential windows like the conventional overhead street lights tend to do. The light is soft and has a daylight feel to it.

“I support installing this style into the areas of the neighborhood identified as having a lighting deficit and used to replace the existing overhead lights when they fail or need updating.”

 Neighbor Ian Beatty:

I am unimpressed. It’s inoffensive, but certainly no substitute for the nice historic lamp-posts we currently have. About the best I can say is that if we need to throw some extra light somewhere that already has a utility pole, cheaply and quickly, this is probably the best way to go.

“On the other hand, I am strongly in favor of using energy-efficient LED lighting whenever possible.

 Neighbor Tom Herrin:

“I’ve checked out the new type street light both during the day and at night. The new fixture is simple but has some character. It focuses the light down so there is little ‘bleed’ or glare from the sides, and the LED bulbs are not evident until you are right under the fixture. I think we should move ahead with this.”

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College Hill Neighborhood Assn Meets Monday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

The August meeting of the College Hill Neighborhood Association will be  held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 in the Fellowship Hall of the Church of the Covenant, 501 S. Mendenhall St.  The Community Watch meeting will precede the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the same location. All College Hill residents are welcome to attend.

Links to the August agenda and draft July minutes are below:

CHNA_July28_2014_Minutes

CHNA_Aug25_2014Agenda

 

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Homemade ice cream social at PCOC, Wednesday Sept. 3

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Charlie’s

HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SOCIAL

at

Presbyterian Church of the Covenant

Fellowship Hall

501 South Mendenhall Street Greensboro

 

Wednesday, September 3

 

Neighbors are Cordially Invited

To Enjoy Home Made Ice Cream

 

6 p.m.-7 p.m. Bring Your Favorite Covered Dish for Supper

 AND/OR

7 p.m.-8 p.m. Bring Yourself and Enjoy Home Made Ice Cream

 

For More Information: 336 275 6403

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Join us at beautiful Springdale Park on Saturday, September 6: While runners Run 4 the Greenway, let’s watch & have a party

Yard sign promoting the runThe Run 4 for the Greenway will pass through College Hill again this year, and what better place could there be to enjoy it than our own Springdale Park.  The College Hill Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a party and cheering station at the park between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on race day.

We hope you’ll make plans to join us. We’ll have more details on the party next week.

In the meantime, if you’re a runner, registration for the four-mile race is open at the race homepage. If you’re not up for four miles, there’s also a one-mile run/walk.

Volunteers are needed as well; online registration is also at the homepage.  If you’d like to volunteer as a course monitor in College Hill, use the “Message” box on the registration form to let them know.

Runners will come off the Greenway at Morehead Park and come up into the neighborhood on Spring Garden Street. They’ll turn at Springdale Court, then run up Walker Avenue, turn left onto South Mendenhall, take a right onto Fulton and head back downtown with a left on Spring Garden.

The race is a fund-raiser for the Downtown Greenway Maintenance Endowment.

See you on the 6th at Springdale Park.

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