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Address: Chapel Hill, NC

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Franklin Street ain't what it used to be

Decades ago when I attended UNC-CH, Franklin Street was a pretty hip place with bars, restaurants and shops that were locally owned and operated. there' s a few left but most are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I always love to return Franklin Street which is filled with memories from my college years. The restaurants change but we picked a great one which my son found on his cell phone, Spanky's where we ate some great bar-be-cue. The we enjoyed walking over to the Quad where we enjoyed the huge trees and took some fine photos together.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 745 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Granted we were here on a summer night and the students weren't there to liven the scene, but we saw nothing to make this college town street unique. There is no unique architecture. It didn't have a ped only area. The restaurants, while numerous, were hardly anything unexpected. There were no lively events advertised such as street concerts, etc. it... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I'm a little biased but this is my favorite stretch of road in North Carolina. Lots of restaurants, bars and other attractions.

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Ripley, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I was born in Chapel Hill and went to college there. Franklin Street was a great place for locals and university students to shop, hang out and eat. Now it's largely populated by chain and tourist stores and retirees. It had a unique feel, now it's like Anytown, USA and retiree heaven.

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Decades ago when I attended UNC-CH, Franklin Street was a pretty hip place with bars, restaurants and shops that were locally owned and operated. there' s a few left but most are now replaced by chain stores (cvs, Walgreens, etc). West Franklin street is fast being taken over by three story and higher buildings that definitely have hastened the demise... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

A classic college town main street. More hip and trendy than it used to be, but I am probably just being nostalgic.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

College street as you might imagine with the requisite establishments, the student hub, the town buzz...exactly as you would want and expect.

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Clarksville, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I have visited Franklin Street many times over the years but it's losing its charm. There are copious amounts of homeless people begging up and down the street. None of them are particularly aggressive.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

There are some cute places on Franklin St and a few good restaurants. However, sadly Chapel Hill now has a large homeless population many of whom spend their days on Franklin Street. Rather than train, educate and hold accountable the homeless, CH takes them in the shelter, even intoxicated and under the influence of drugs, and then sends them out... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Besides UNC Chapel Hill being a great school, the town itself is a wonderful place to live. Franklin street has a wide variety of restaurants for a relatively small town - I think we counted 5 Indian restaurants in Chapel Hill! Food choices are fantastic and the town is super cute.

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Address: Chapel Hill, NC
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill

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