Throughout my lifetime Franklin Street was Chapel Hill. It was where all my favorite people congregated or worked. It was also where I saw at least one illustrious Chapel Hillian or Carolina alum nearly every time I walked down the street, including people like Charles Kuralt, Betty Smith, Bill Friday, Vermont Royster, Andy Griffith, and Kay Kyser. In this article I will try to describe in detail the essence of what made downtown Chapel Hill one of the most wonderful places in the world.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.