Save the date: August 1 kickoff celebration for traffic initiative

From Jeff Sovich, Neighborhood Planning Coordinator with the Greensboro Planning Department:

logo for College Hill for EveryoneOver the next few months, College Hill is embarking on an exciting new project that aims to reclaim neighborhood streets and sidewalks as safe, inviting places for people!  College Hill For Everyone will launch in August with a series of temporary demonstration projects that combine traffic-calming, signage, art, branding, history, and community events to enhance College Hill’s quality of life, historic character, and neighborhood identity.  Phase 1 of CH4E will begin on Tuesday, August 1, in conjunction with National Night Out.

With your help, the College Hill Neighborhood Association will transform several intersections along Mendenhall Street (from Rankin Place to Walker Avenue), into people-friendly places.  The National Night Out celebration will be on Mendenhall Street between Carr Street and Odell Place.  For one night, this 150-foot section of Mendenhall will be closed to motor vehicles, so friends, neighbors, and visitors can stroll, chat, create, and play.  Take a moment to visit the project webpage, where you can:

  • Review the initial presentation from the July 6 Community Conversation,
  • Express your thoughts and opinions in a brief online survey,
  • View the latest survey results, and
  • Volunteer to help with the August 1 launch event.

Be a part of this innovative project that will re-envision the way streets and public spaces can serve people and make our neighborhoods greater!

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College Hill traffic plan: Demonstration projects presented, August 1 start scheduled for initial test phase on Mendenhall

cover page of presentationThe testing phase of the College Hill traffic initiative will begin Tuesday August 1. The plan was presented at last Thursday’s neighborhood meeting. About 50 people turned out to hear about the plan and discuss issues that the plan addresses.

The “College Hill for Everyone” plan includes ideas to slow traffic, to make streets safer for pedestrians and to raise awareness of College Hill’s distinct identity among people coming into and through the neighborhood. It was developed by neighborhood planners Team Better Block of Dallas, working with the College Hill Neighborhood Association and the Greensboro Planning Department. It addresses needs identified by the College Hill residents in the neighborhood plan adopted in 2015. The project is being paid for by the neighborhood with its Municipal Service District funds.

Before freaking out about any of this, please note: No changes will be implemented on a permanent basis before they are tested and response from the neighborhood is gathered. 

The plan focuses initially on the installation of demonstration projects on South Mendenhall Street from Rankin Place to Walker Avenue. They will be put in place on a test basis August 1. A second demonstration phase will occur in the fall on Mendenhall from Walker to Spring Garden Street and on Spring Garden from Mendenhall to Fulton Street. Details on the second phase will come later this summer.

The demonstration projects will be temporary installations of street improvements designed to slow traffic on Mendenhall and Spring Garden — the two College Hill streets where speed limits are most abused — and to make the streets more safe, convenient and comfortable for pedestrians. The results of the tests will determine what changes will be implemented on a permanent basis.

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This Sunday, July 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The People’s Perk, mural unveiling: ‘Wonderful Women and Fabulous Femmes’

Artist paints almost-finished mural.

Greensboro Mural Project artist Terri Jones works on the People’s Perk’s new mural, “Wonderful Women and Fabulous Femmes.” (photo by Lauren Barber courtesy of Triad City Beat)

Last February, The People’s Perk held a Kickstarter campaign for a mural inside the coffee house. The campaign was successful, the mural has been painted, and on Sunday the Perk will hold a celebration to unveil the work. Triad City Beat has the details in this week’s issue. The mural was created by Terri Jones and Gloria Williams of the Greensboro Mural Project. The idea:

“Too often, important people — particularly women, trans women, and women/trans women of color — who’ve fought for social justice, equality and unity, are forgotten in mainstream historical accounts.

“In celebration of Women’s History Month, The People’s Perk, a locally-owned, neighborhood coffee/retail shop in Greensboro, NC, which encourages creative expression in all people, is partnering with the Greensboro Mural Project (GSO Mural Project), a Greensboro-based grassroots, arts-centered  organization, to create a special mural entitled ‘Wonderful Women and Fabulous Femmes.’”

The event will be held Sunday, July 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you don’t know the way, the Perk is at 551 S. Mendenhall Street, near the intersection with Spring Garden Street.

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Thursday, 5:30 p.m: Neighborhood meeting on traffic initiative

poster with details on meeting: 5:30 p.m. Thursday July 6, Church of the Covenant

Click poster for details

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College Hill demographic and geographic data

Google map with College Hill neighborhood outlined

Click for a Google map of College Hill

While looking for something else today, I came across some data on College Hill. The demographic data comes from the 2010 census, which is a little dated but no doubt still pretty accurate. The addition of The Province will add to the population the next time around (should the Trump administration bother with a census in 2020).

Geographic Data

  • Altitude: 860 feet (South Mendenhall Street at Walker Avenue)
    • Highest spot: 935 feet (Mendenhall Street and Oakland Avenue)
    • Lowest spot: 830 feet (Tate Street and Walker Avenue)
  • Latitude and longitude: 36.0677983,-79.8045947 (South Mendenhall Street at Walker Avenue)
  • Township: Morehead

2010 Census Data

  • Map outlining boundaries of census tract 107.02Census tract: 107.02
  • Unique Area Identifier: 480599
  • Area (square miles): 0.65
  • Total Population: 4,307
  • Male: 1,628 (38%)
  • Female: 2,679 (62%)

Race and Ethnicity

  • White: 3,051 (71%)
  • African American: 899 (21%)
  • Asian: 135 (3%)
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 21
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 13
  • Some Other Race: 46
  • Two or more Races: 152
  • Hispanic or Latino: 186 (4%)
  • Not Hispanic or Latino: 4,121 (96%)


  • Total Housing Units: 870
  • Total Households: 774
  • Owner-Occupied: 195 (Population: 369)
  • Renter-Occupied: 579 (Population: 942)
  • Housing with Minors: 32


  • Median Age: 20.1
  • Under 18: 63
  • 18 and over: 4,244
  • 20-24: 1,434
  • 25-34: 409
  • 35-49: 171
  • 50 -64: 158
  • 65 & over: 58

Note: The census tract’s boundary includes the UNCG campus and extends east to Edgeworth Street, two blocks beyond the boundary of the neighborhood. Similar mistakes are found in many depictions of the neighborhood’s east and southeast boundaries, including the Google map above.

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May calendar of events

May events displayed on a calendar page

  • In*Spire Meditation group
    Tuesdays, noon, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 South Mendenhall Street, in the Sanctuary. The meditation period is less than an hour and is open to the public.
  • Taco Tuesday Bike Ride
    Every Tuesday, rolling at 6:30 p.m. from ReCycles, 908-A Spring Garden Street
    A social ride, an opportunity to meet new riders who want to get outside and maybe work up to longer rides over the course of the summer. Initially, the ride will be averaging around 6-10 miles, no-drop, at a pace averaging around 10+, then building through the summer.  Afterward, the Bandito Burrito Food Truck is at South Mendenhall and Spring Garden.

UNCG event calendars


  • Friday May 12
    Recycling and bulk trash will be collected along with the weekly garbage and yard waste pickup.
  • Friday May 12
    10 a.m. — UNCG Commencement, Greensboro Coliseum
  • Saturday May 13
    10 a.m. — Greensboro College Commencement, Front Campus
  • Friday May 26
    Recycling and bulk trash will be collected along with the weekly garbage and yard waste pickup.
  • Tuesday May 30
    7 p.m. — College Hill Neighborhood Association board meeting, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Fellowship Hall, 501 S. Mendenhall Street
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March of Dimes walk on Tate and Spring Garden streets

map for March for Babies walk, Saturday April 29

The March for Babies will be held on the UNCG campus on Saturday April 29 beginning at 10 a.m. The route will include Tate Street from Carr to Spring Garden and Spring Garden Street from Tate to Stirling Street. The event is a fund-raiser for the March of Dimes. Click here for more information on the event.

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Public hearing to be held April 26 on College Hill traffic initiative

All College Hill residents and property owners should have received this notice from the city by now. But for anyone who hasn’t or doesn’t read their mail, here it is again. Click here for details on the traffic improvement project.

Notice from city in re taffic improvement project


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Invitation: Help clean Greensboro College’s stream April 21

Greensboro College logoYou and everyone you know are invited to join Greensboro College for its annual Streamwalk, a clean-up project for the creek that runs along the downtown side of the campus, next Friday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m.

From the college:

Participants should meet at the north (Market Street) end of the parking lot behind James Addison Jones Library on campus. Members of the public are invited to take part. Participants should wear pants and shoes that can get wet or dirty.

In Streamwalk, members of the college community and the public patrol College Branch, the stream that flows north along the campus’s eastern (downtown) edge, removing trash from the stream. In 2016, 31 bags were collected.

Biology professor Calhoun Bond, who supervises the event, also will assess the health of the stream.

For more information, contact Bond at 336-272-7102, ext. 5353, or email her.

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There are almost no homes for sale in College Hill right now; plus Google Street View and jazzman Wynton Marsalis visit

Dogwood blossoms in the front yard of 306 S. Mendenhall

The house with the dogwoods on Mendenhall is on the market at $355,000.

The spring home-buying season has begun with only two houses for sale in College Hill, 306 South Mendenhall and 508 South Cedar. Both were listed last year but didn’t sell. There’s also one Wafco condo on the market. And that’s it.

Condos and townhouses in Wafco area have been moving unusually fast this spring (details here). A Wafco townhouse on Walker Avenue was listed March 1 and had an offer on March 3. Two townhouses nearby were listed in late February and had offers by March 19. One on Spring Garden was listed March 16 and had an offer by March 27. Very unusual to see properties there moving so fast. …

A Google Street View car rolled through the neighborhood Tuesday morning. The updated view of  Tate Street at Carr may include a guy walking a yellow dog. … The former Subway location on Tate Street is being upfitted for a new tenant. Subway closed in December. …

The Fire Department is conducting its annual testing of fire hydrants through May 15. Opening the hydrants sometimes causes temporary discoloration of water in nearby homes. The city assures us that the discoloration is not harmful in any way (no, no, of course not); just run the water for a few minutes and it will clear up. …

Wynton Marsalis and more at UNCG this month

April is one of the busiest months of the year at UNCG. This Saturday’s events include Slow Art Day at the Weatherspoon and the International Festival. Perhaps the major event of the month is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, Thursday April 20 at 8 p.m. in the UNCG Auditorium. Added bonus: Marsalis will give a public talk at 3 p.m. the same day in the auditorium, free and open to the public.

Neighborhood Watch

March was a very quiet month, even at The Province. The only crimes reported in College Hill were two car break-ins, both at The Province, on March 28 and 29.

On April 1, though, there was a bit of a fracas at 201 S. Tate Street, back behind the house in the parking area on Edgar Street. From an uncharacteristically informative police report:

“On 4-1-2017 at 2314 hours, I responded to 201 S Tate St in reference to a disorder call. Upon my arrival I met with the complainant, who advised that on 4-1-2017 between 2300 hours and 2314 hours, a vandalism of automobile occurred. During the course of the investigation, there was sufficient probable cause developed to charge Mr. [see police report for name], 20 years old, with damage to personal property.”

Thank you, Officer N.E. Walton, for quick work and a relatively detailed report.

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