Update: The owner of Open Eye Café writes in the comments that this sticker was never authorized by his business and is an unauthorized use of his business' logo. More in the comments.
Look, we're used to a relatively friendly détente with our friends down in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
Sure, there've been some uneasy moments in our relationship, like when it was rumored that one of our downtown developers tried to steal part or all of the Cat's Cradle from the funky town nestled against Chapel Hill. Or when Carrboro mayor Mark Chilton fought new water draws from Jordan Lake unless Durham passed growth restrictions mirroring those in his town and Chapel Hill.
On the Durham side, folks sometimes grouse about both of our Orange County neighbors' failure to provide sufficient affordable housing or even market rate housing -- something that has, frankly, driven residential growth in the Bull City. (Given how much tax revenue Durham gets because Southpoint had to get built on our side of the county divide, though, we shouldn't complain too loudly, perhaps.)
We complain too over our supposed comrades-in-progressiveness blaming all their crime issues on the Bull City -- from the snipes on Durham gangs' presence leading Chapel Hillians to cancel the Apple Chill festival, to the rather appalling rumor last year that law enforcement officers to our south reportedly described the target of their investigation into the death of UNC president Eve Carson as TOD -- a code word for "Thug Out of Durham," we heard at the time.
And we've gotten our digs in, too -- like when the president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce's president bemoaned the loss of his towns' perceived "coolness" to the Bull City, saying it "kills [him] every time" he hears a WUNC 91.5 FM call sign coming from the American Tobacco Historic District in downtown Durham.
Still, we're all friends, right? Hey, we like transit. And basketball -- even if we cheer for different teams much of the time. And we're all about food co-ops -- Weaver Street Market was an offshoot of the recently-deceased Durham Food Coop retail store's success, and now the new Durham Central Market is drawing inspiration from Weaver Street.
Plus: what could be wrong with a town that gave us Tyler's Taproom -- a town that, like Durham, sprouted up around the interesting confluence of rail lines and manufacturing in the post-Civil War era?
Which is why we were shocked, shocked, to get this photo in the inbox at BCR:
Our correspondent spotted this sticker on a bike parked outside Watts Grocery last week. His call to the XXXX XXX XXXX in Carrboro elicited no answers as to what the sticker is all about -- the person he spoke with had no clue about why the sticker existed.
So fess up, Carrboro-ites. What gives here?
Can't we all just get along, you with your converted brick mill buildings, us with our ... converted brick mill buildings?
Hey, we're happy you're the densest city in North Carolina. We'd like some density, too. But don't be dense in the head about the good things happening in the Bull City to boot.
Otherwise we're just going to have to drink all y'all's water and build some more strip centers and apartment complexes.
Scratch that, we'll probably do that anyway.
So help me out, dear readers. Anyone know what this is about?