A Facebook posting by a North Carolina friend called my attention to this 2/28/14 column in the Chapel Hill News, by Linda Haac. Titled Tale of Two Towns, it's a brief comparison of the different approaches to growth taken by Chapel Hill, NC and the neighboring town of Carrboro.
Haac sums up the differing approaches succinctly:
"It’s true nothing stays the same, change is always in the air and 'so-called progress' needs to be made, but there are ways of doing things and ways ending in generic, often unpleasant results. Carrboro appears to be honoring our past as it moves forward, keeping true to our identity and soul, while Chapel Hill appears on a different track."