“Everyone was very ill. All of the doctors and scientists couldn’t figure out what was causing this sickness. One day, they noticed the milkmaids were not getting sick. They decided to include the milkmaids in the discussion, and because they took the time to do so, the bovine-based vaccination was created.”
For Sabir-Calloway, the Northside Neighborhood Initiative is an example of including the “milkmaids” — those who aren’t scholars or scientists but instead residents of the community with significant points of view.
“You can’t know what people want unless they have a seat at the table,” she said.
In March, Chapel Hill announced the initiative, a partnership that aims to provide all Chapel Hill residents a seat at the table.
The town of Chapel Hill, UNC, Self-Help Credit Union and the Jackson Center have partnered to pursue a balanced Northside.
In a technique known as “landbanking,” UNC has given Self-Help Credit Union a $3 million, zero-percent interest loan that allows for the acquisition of Northside properties.
Sarah Vinas, housing and community planner for Chapel Hill, said this initiative aims to make the neighborhood relate to everybody.
“Our vision is to make Northside a community where longtime residents, young families and students can live,” she said.