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Summer 2012

“Northside to benefit from partnership” -The Herald-Sun
In recent years, the town’s historic Northside community has been the source of much contention due to a growing influx of student housing, which residents say is changing the character of the once proud, predominately black neighborhood.

“UNC-related entity agrees to help Northside”-Triangle Tribune
The history of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the once all-black working class neighborhood of Northside has always been intertwined. But development pressures, aggravated by issues of race and class, have created friction.

“UNC nonprofit to study Northside”– The Carrboro Citizen
Chapel Hill Foundation Real Estate Holdings, a nonprofit founded by UNC, will develop a five-year plan with the Center for Community Self-Help to sustain Chapel Hill’s Northside neighborhood.

UNC-CH to invest in Northside Study -The News & Observer
“The university announced Thursday that it will seek ways to promote affordable, single-family housing and save the history of the Northside neighborhood, which stretches along West Rosemary Street downtown to Carrboro.”

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“UNC-affiliated foundation contracts with nonprofit to study Northside” -UNC News
A non-profit foundation affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has completed an agreement with the Center for Community Self-Help to study and develop a five-year plan to help sustain the town’s Northside neighborhood.

Jackson Center staff members and FYR students helped create the first-ever WUNC Summer Youth Radio Institute out of the WUNC Durham studios at American Tobacco Campus. Under the guidance of two mentors, both from Fusion Youth Radio, youth reporters produced five stories that aired on Morning Edition in North Carolina. Check out a short video to go behind the scenes of the program, and be sure to listen to the stories created through the Institute on the WUNC American Graduate Project page.

“Fusion Youth Radio gives teens the mic” -Chapel Hill News
When Alexander Stephens approached Carrboro High School student Jasmine Farmer last summer about a youth radio program he wanted to start in Chapel Hill, her first thought wasn’t a simple yes or no. “I thought, ‘This guy is nosy’,” Farmer said.

Spring 2012

SOS Honored with 2012 Indy Citizen Award -Independent Weekly
The Sustaining OurSelves (SOS) coalition, composed of Northside and Pine Knolls residents, the Jackson Center, members of the clergy, and several local organizations, has been recognized for its efforts to honor the history and culture of Northside and Pine Knolls by pushing for policy changes with a vision to promote diversity and affordability in our communities. SOS was one of four groups to receive the award this year. The local Occupy movements were also given special mention.

“Council Tightens Building Restrictions” -Chapel Hill News
The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously passed the newly drafted community plan for the Northside/Pine Knolls neighborhoods on January 9th. The Chapel Hill News reported on the meeting and the significance of the new community plan.

“Northside property regulations approved”Carrboro Citizen
The Northside/Pine Knolls moratorium will be coming to a close by the end of January, with it a new community plan. The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously passed a new community plan implementing housing regulations meant to hinder the negative aspects of student housing in a conserved historical neighborhood. Among the regulations include height limits on houses and a limit on the number of vehicles per property.

Fall 2011

“Chapel Hill weighs Northside, Pine Knolls plan”Independent Weekly
On November 21 the Chapel Hill Town Council held a public hearing to discuss the updated Community Plan. The Indy reported on the hearing and the plan’s proposals.

“Rules target student rentals”Chapel Hill News
Coverage of the Northside/Pine Knolls Community Plan process.

“Chapel Hill hopefuls talk economy, housing”The Carrboro Citizen
The Jackson Center co-sponsored a candidates forum with a focus on issues relevant to our communities in October to give residents an opportunity to inform themselves before the local elections.

Summer 2011

“Jackson has seen a lifetime of change”-Chapel Hill News
Marian Cheek Jackson recalls a Chapel Hill that today exists only through stories. The 86-year-old is the namesake of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, a ministry of St. Joseph’s CME church that works to record and preserve the history of the historically black Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods.

Alexander Stephens and Jacob Jacoby attended the 2011 Digital Waves Youth Media Festival at WNYC’s Greene Space in New York City. They participated in youth radio workshops and observed the second-ever Audio Slam. They look forward to watching Fusion Youth Radio producers compete next year! Click to read about the festival.

May-June 2011

This summer the Jackson Center helped lead a successful effort to have a building moratorium passed in Northside and Pine Knolls in order to formulate a strategy to address the displacement of long-term African-American residents and the rapid transition of homes in the neighborhood into student rentals. Below are articles from throughout the moratorium process:

“Moratorium halts development in Chapel Hill’s two historically affordable African-American neighborhoods”Independent Weekly
In collaboration with the Sustaining OurSelves (SOS) Coalition, the Jackson Center called on the Chapel Hill Town Council to pass a moratorium on building permits in Northside and Pine Knolls. During the moratorium, the Center is working with residents, SOS, the Town of Chapel Hill and various organizations to develop a plan for a diverse and affordable future in our communities.

“Pass moratorium for a diverse future”Chapel Hill News
Jackson Center Associate Directors, Hudson Vaughan and Alexander Stephens, wrote an editorial for the Chapel Hill News describing the need for a moratorium on building permits to ensure a diverse future in Northside and Pine Knolls.

More moratorium articles:

Building freeze gains support” –Chapel Hill News

Council to vote on moratorium” –Chapel Hill News

Six month building moratorium ok’d” –The Herald-Sun

Moratorium takes center stage” –The Herald-Sun

Changing the whole face of history” –Chapel Hill News

Council backs building freeze” –Chapel Hill News

Northside rules not working” –Chapel Hill News

Spring 2011

“Chapel Hill May Day celebrations fade into the past”Chapel Hill News
Article from the Chapel Hill News discussing the history of May Day celebrations, including the Jackson Center’s Facing Our Neighbors event.

“The struggle for a neighborhood”ReeseNews
ReeseNews of UNC recently published an article exploring gentrification and its impact on the lives of residents in Northside.

“UNC-Chapel Hill’s Della Pollock Receives Statewide Service-Learning Award”Carolina Center for Public Service
Dr. Della Pollock was awarded the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award for her efforts to further the practice of service-learning through her work at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center.