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UNC employee Artie Wilson sends another load of bricks to his
co-worker building a walkway next to the Student Union.
Restoration of street
By SHELLEY ERBLAND
The issue of revitalizing Chapel
Hill has become a "journalistic
football being tossed back and forth"
between merchants and town officials
on whether to resurrect the street
vendors, according to local shop
keeper Bob Julian.
The opposing "teams" are the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Downtown
Commission, which is working to
improve the downtown area, and
many Franklin Street merchants,
who oppose the vendors.
Julian, a commission member and
owner of Logo's Bookstore on West
Franklin Street, said in an interview
earlier this month that street sales are
only one aspect of a broader strategy
"to enhance the downtown
"All the committee is trying to do
is to change the ordinance to allow
activity on Franklin Street," he said.
"It may be more of an art kind of
The Downtown Commission is
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working with the Chapel Hill Town
Council to ammend the 1971 ordi
nance, which prohibits all street and
sidewalk sales except by "groups
engaged in charitable or fundraising
drives for community purposes."
According to Julian, the commis
sion also advocates other highly
controlled activities on Franklin
Street, including sidewalk entertain
ment such as artists, jugglers, mimes
. and musicians.
The proposal would also suggest
allowing Franklin Street merchants
to hold their own sidewalk sales, a
practice prohibited under the present
law, he said.
The commission held public hear
ings on May 19 and June 7 to discuss
the amendment proposal with local
At the May meeting, Julian said
street and sidewalk sales would
attract people to downtown Chapel
"We have to find a way to get more
customers not just students, but
families," he said.
for coed residence ha
By LD. CURLE
A decision to make Teague Res
idence Hall coeducational in the fall
will stand following a UNC Board
of Trustees committee meeting
In another committee meeting,
trustees discussed a suggestion to
grant relatives of alumni preferential
treatment for admissions so as not
to alienate contributors.
Teague dormitory was changed to
coed this summer following problems
Price 00 loogeir maio factor
bed cytomeir' preferences
By FRED SLOCUM
In spite of wide price differences
on everyday items in Chapel Hill,
price is not as much of a factor in
people's decisions on where to shop
as it once was, managers of local
Ron Kelly, store manager of Harris
Teeter at Carr Mill Mall, said
shoppers nowadays place a higher
premium on selection, variety and
cleanliness, while in the 1960s and
early 70s shoppers compared prices
"penny for penny."
"Price plays a factor, but that's not
necessarily the issue as much as it was
in the past. Things changed in the
70s and early 'SOs," Kelly said.
Kelly said his prices are set by the
Commission member Sally Jessee
also said she is for the proposal's
"Cases in other cities have proved
that sidewalk vending actually
attracts customers for the downtown
businesses," she said.
Steve Kronberger, owner of
Whim's Cards and Gifts on East
Franklin Street, said the street needs
more attractions to bring people
"I'm strongly for entertainment,"
he said, but added that street sales
would be hard to regulate.
A May 25 memorandum to the
town council and local merchants
from Town Manager David Taylor
outlined in detail the commission's
ideas about the amendment proposal,
including limiting sales and
The ideas were based on a model
ordinance regulating street sales from
the National Institute of Municipal
Legal Officers, a city attorneys'
organization, which clearly defines all
aspects of vending, from licenses and
with discipline in the hall that
culminated in a series of incidents of
racial and sexual harassment against
a housing administrator at the end
of the semester. The perpetrators of
the harassment were not found, but
are thought to have been Teague
"I am concerned that the students
were not involved from the beginning
(of the discussions to make changes
in Teague)," said BOT Chairman
Robert Eubanks. The housing
department did not contact the
Harris Teeter home office. "Our
buyers do price comparisons at other
stores our say-so in pricing is nil,"
Robert Sharp, assistant manager
of Fowler's Food Store on Franklin
Street, said his prices are based on
the type of food and a certain
percentage of the cost which goes to
the store. "There's no such thing as
higher and lower prices. Some of our
prices are higher, some lower," Sharp
Sharp also downplayed the impor
tance of prices to his customers. "A
lot of customers feel comfortable here
it's a hometown store. People just
enjoy shopping here," Sharp said.
Rick Haughton, a clerk at Record
Bar at University Mall, said a variety
insurance to hours and location.
At the May 25 council meeting,
Julian told the council that the
commission would have a unified
proposal by June 10.
"We're on the fence," he said. "We
need a plan."
Don Johnson, co-owner of Crea
tive Metalsmiths, a jewelry store on
East Franklin Street, said he was
originally opposed to the idea, but
he said the meeting changed his mind.
"By the time I heard the reassess
ment, I wasn't against it," he said.
But because the proposal has met
strong opposition from most mer
chants, the council is expected to
Recent interviews with merchants
in East Franklin Street's 100 block,
between Spanky's and the post office,
revealed four main concerns about
allowing street vendors: rent, store
fronts, parking and "the kind of
people coming in."
James Lacock of Lacock's Shoe
See VENDORS page 4
student body president or Residence
Hall Association president in its
hurry to remedy the problems with
Teague, which were worsened by
racial overtones, Eubanks said. The
decision will stand if no appeals are
successful, he said.
"University housing probably did
what they had to do," said Chancellor
Christopher Fordham. Fordham said
he had the impression that the
department did a satisfactory job of
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of factors determines the prices his
store charges for records, tapes and
"New releases, especially by well
known, established artists, always
command a premium price,"
Haughton said. New releases by
unknown artists are usually one
dollar less, he added. "Independent
labels, like I.R.S., and cutout items
are less," Haughton said.
Haughton attributed his store's
higher prices to a more liberal return
policy, special arrangements with
major labels through which the chain
gets a certain percentage of sales of
that label's records, and a higher
profit margin than some other stores.
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In This Issue
from drought page 2
hotline page 2
news pages 5 and 6
Place page 8
Joe Bob gets
Damaged" page 10
to UNC page 14
comics page 19