Had a good breakfast with Aaron Nelson at Breadman's today (I had scrambled eggs and home fries; he went low-carb).
Aaron, the president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, helps me see economic development issues from a broader perspective. He spoke with me and CHN correspondent Tom Hartwell about Greenbridge, University Square and the latest sales tax figures (good news for Orange County, but we still spend a third of our retail sales tax dollars out of county).
And we talked about Bicycle Apartments, up for a possible vote at tonight's Chapel Hill Town Council meeting. The proposed 194 apartment (600-plus bedrooms) student housing project would triple the number of students on the property off MLK Boulevard. Some neighbors don't like it -- think it's too big, too many students or that the town should wait for the Chapel Hill 2020 planning process to catch up.
For me, the neighbors' strongest argument, though, has been that the town needs more housing for workers, not students and that nothing seems to be getting done about that. It's an old but ongoing problem: the people who work for the town and in the town can't afford to live in the town.