15 Things Only Chapel Hillians Will Understand

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Airport Road The former name of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Longtime Chapel Hillians still reference it when giving directions.

Chatham While Chapel Hill and Carrboro are in Orange County, Chatham County is immediately south. The drive along U.S. 15-501 into Chatham County includes a few prominent developments. Residents of its county seat, Pittsboro, and nearby Jordan Lake often incorporate Chapel Hill into their lifestyle – and vice-versa.

Dean Dome The Dean E. Smith Center houses the home court of the UNC men’s basketball team.

Eastgate The Shops at Eastgate is an outdoor shopping center located right before Franklin Street and U.S. 15-501 merge heading toward Durham. Its shops include casual restaurants, a Trader Joe’s and clothing and accessories stores.

Fordham Boulevard As U.S. 15-501 crosses over Mt. Carmel Church Road just south of downtown, it becomes Fordham Boulevard. Fordham continues, crosses over N.C. 54 and then merges with Franklin Street before entering the Durham city limits and becoming Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard.

Franklin Street Chapel Hill’s main drag, divided into East and West by Columbia Street in the heart of town.

Kenan Kenan Memorial Stadium is the home of the Tar Heels’ football team.

Meadowmont A mixed-use community. The main retail village includes a grocery store, banks, boutiques (including one for your dog!) and restaurants for everybody – a burger joint, a pizza spot, a cafe, a coffee shop and one of the nicest restaurants in town.

Ramses Named after the star of the 1922 football team Jack Merritt’s nickname “the battering ram,” UNC’s mascot is a ram.

Southern Village Another mixed-use residential and retail community with a movie theater, a community-owned cooperative grocery market and a large green space with a weekly farmers’ market and frequent events.

Tar Heels North Carolina is “The Tar Heel State,” and the nickname has two possible origins. One story is that back during the Revolutionary War, the British troops discovered their feet covered with tar and some say North Carolinians dumped it in the river to slow down the army. An alternate explanation is that during the Civil War, North Carolina soldiers threatened to stick tar on the heels of other states’ retreating soldiers. General Robert E. Lee reportedly praised them saying, “God bless the Tar Heel boys!”

TOPO Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery is on the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets. It occupies the building’s top oor, and the large outdoor patio is renowned for views of town.

Triangle Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and their interconnecting roads and communities.

University Place Long-timers may still call it by its former name of University Mall (or U-Mall), but University Place has restaurants, a movie theater and stores, including locally iconic Southern Season.

YoPo Franklin Street’s first frozen yogurt spot, The Yogurt Pump, is still a favorite.

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