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Rachel Eberhard

Rachel is currently pursuing a Master’s in City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in housing and community development. Her professional interests include real estate development and affordable housing. In her free time, she works as a fitness instructor and enjoys golfing, cycling, photography, and documentary films.

Charlotte’s Historic Fourth Ward Experienced Gentrification as Corporate Growth Strategy

by Rachel Eberhard

In the early 1970s, “The Queen City” was no stranger to urban renewal efforts sweeping the nation. It was around that same time that leaders at North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America) envisioned a city whe... Read article

New Mixed-Use Project Will Combine Visions of Chapel Hill & the University of North Carolina

by Rachel Eberhard

Construction is currently underway for the $123 million Carolina Square redevelopment project along West Franklin Street in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. Scheduled to be completed by summer 2017, the development... Read article

Residents in Chapel Hill and Carrboro Gather to Discuss Homelessness & Housing Insecurity

by Rachel Eberhard

  Community residents gathered on January 27th at The ArtsCenter to participate in a community forum on homelessness and housing insecurity across Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The event was first conceived by tw... Read article

Universities Aiming to Integrate Social Justice and Equity Issues into Planning Programs

by Rachel Eberhard

As topics related to social justice and equity in urban planning are missing from many top programs, urban planning students are looking to start the conversation by creating meaningful discussions in the classroom a... Read article

New Light Rail Line Planned to Connect North Carolina’s Triangle Region

by Rachel Eberhard

Despite efforts to disrupt funding sources, the new light rail project in North Carolina is still moving forward. With plans to connect the fast-growing corridor between Durham and Orange County, the light rail train... Read article

Bridging the Digital Divide Through Internet Access in North Carolina’s Triangle Region

by Rachel Eberhard

Tech savvy residents can rejoice that Google Fiber will be coming to the Triangle region in North Carolina. Google chose several cities to serve as testing sites for its high-speed broadband service, and the region e... Read article

Orange County, North Carolina Tackling Housing Affordability Challenges

by Rachel Eberhard

Affordable housing was a hot topic in the November 2015 election cycle, with many elected officials addressing the challenge. As a result, Chapel Hill’s three newly elected town council members will be asked to uphol... Read article

North Carolina’s Fight to Restore Historic Tax Credits

by Rachel Eberhard

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program used for restoring historic properties in North Carolina has successfully been reinstated. The tax credit system, which also includes the credit for income-producing prope... Read article

Durham, North Carolina Adopts New Road Diet for Busy Business Corridor

by Rachel Eberhard

In North Carolina, Durham transportation engineers recently completed a re-striping process on the state-maintained highway, U.S. 15-501. This was completed in an effort to accommodate a road diet plan that will ensu... Read article

Durham, North Carolina Innovation District Aims to Attract Talent With Authenticity

by Rachel Eberhard

A panel of development experts gathered at an office in the 15-acre Durham Innovation District, or Durham.ID, to reflect on Durham’s recent growth. The event was sponsored by the Triangle District Council of the Urba... Read article

Historic Hillsborough’s Colonial Inn Earns New Lease On Life Through Town Intervention

by Rachel Eberhard

A historic building known as the Colonial Inn has hope for a future after the Board of Commissioners in Hillsborough, North Carolina voted unanimously to begin eminent domain proceedings. Hillsborough is known as one... Read article

Is the Future of Raleigh’s Transitional Housing in Tiny Homes?

by Rachel Eberhard

  On June 25th, design and planning professionals gathered at AIA North Carolina’s Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD) to listen to a panel of experts discuss opportunities for alleviating homelessness ... Read article

Chapel Hill Students Transform Metered Parking Into a Community Park For a Day

by Rachel Eberhard

On a sunny afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered to transform a metered parking space into a temporary pop-up park. Located at the b... Read article