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DTH photo illustration. Airbnb provides 20 percent of all visitor stays in Chapel Hill as it leads the short-term rental (STR) market in Orange County. Around 290 Airbnbs remain in Chapel Hill, which could threaten affordable housing by taking away rental properties and raising the price of rent.

Will there be regulations on Airbnbs in the near future?

Short-term rentals are a growing industry throughout the nation, and Orange County is no exception. With almost 300 active Airbnbs and HomeAways in Chapel Hill, Town officials discuss the consequences of the increasing presence of short-term rentals. Legislators discuss the possibility of putting a cap on the number of short-term rentals in an area and requiring permits for these homeowners. They also talk about adding regulations on the number of renters, noise ordinance, partying, parking, insurance requirements and health and safety. 


Influential women

Meet the women leading businesses in Chapel Hill and Durham

To celebrate Women’s History Month, read the stories of four influential women entrepreneurs in the Chapel Hill and Durham communities. From furniture to boba tea, art to African cuisine, these women are running the local business scene. And with women entrepreneurs in the U.S. having increased by 114 percent in the last 20 years, totaling about 40 percent of businesses overall, it's no big surprise.


Senior Psychology major Leah Daniel volunteers as a Doula at the UNC Hospitals.

Chapel Hills midwives aim to give mothers the birth they want

Though the practice has fallen in and out of popularity in the U.S. as medicine has become increasingly professionalized, midwives today deliver about 15 percent of births at UNC Hospitals.   “There’s a lot more interest today in women to have more say in their healthcare and more involvement in their labor and pregnancy,” said Kathy Higgins, the division director of midwifery services in the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  “For midwives, that is their basic philosophy, in providing education and supporting them in their desires for their pregnancy and birthing experience.” 


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