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Durham renames downtown civic center

Posted February 17, 2009

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— City and county officials on Tuesday renamed the struggling Durham Civic Center with an eye toward attracting more events downtown.

In addition to changing the facility's name to the Durham Convention Center, the city and county, which jointly own the building, are investing more than $3 million for interior upgrades like new ballrooms, carpeting and restrooms.

The name change was recommended by an outside consultant, who said a better description of the facility would make it easier book conventions and other events.

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce was the first group to hold an event at the Durham Convention Center. The chamber held its annual meeting there Tuesday afternoon.

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  • lb27608 Feb 18, 2009

    christineswisher:"Durham is a nasty place to live - downtown is totally dangerous and nobody in their right mind would want to spend time there. It is crime-ridden, crack-ridden and just plain ugly. I don't live in Durham - and never want to. I only go there because I have to work............"

    Crime statistics soundly disprove that claim. The central area of downtown is generally quite safe, and I spend a lot of time there since I live just a couple of blocks north of the downtown loop. I also consider myself to be well within my right mind.

    Of course, some people will continue to believe whatever image they've conjured up in their heads about Durham, so there's no point in confronting them with actual facts. Those of us who know better will continue to enjoy what we have now as well as all of the new things in store for Durham, downtown in particular.

  • raider Feb 17, 2009

    With members of the Durham City Council telling employees "there's always the private sector", and threats of major budget cuts for basic necessities like trash collection and street maintenance, I wonder if these people REALLY felt good about spend who knows how much on an outside consultant to rename that building, and THEN spend $3 million or so for renovations? Priorities? Who needs them!

  • ThisIsMyName Feb 17, 2009

    No Streets of Southpoint shopping, Christine?

  • christineswisher Feb 17, 2009

    Durham is a nasty place to live - downtown is totally dangerous and nobody in their right mind would want to spend time there. It is crime-ridden, crack-ridden and just plain ugly. I don't live in Durham - and never want to. I only go there because I have to work............

  • ThisIsMyName Feb 17, 2009

    I see school has let out and the children are on here posting. Hopefully for everyones sake, CodeblueEMT is not really an EMT.

  • manofjustice Feb 17, 2009

    Durham is one of the most beautiful cities in America. I don't know why you all are always negative about Durham. If you don't like Durham then don't go there or move out. When you get sick the first place you want to go to is DURHAM!!! Durham Metro Convention and Entertainment Center would be a nice name. I would name it Obama Convention and Entertainment Center of Durham.

  • Hammerhead Feb 17, 2009

    Flaming is soooooooooo lame. Must be in 5th grade.

  • BlueSkys Feb 17, 2009

    lol love the comments...lol...so funny

  • 2thebeach Feb 17, 2009

    I'm from Durham - 5th generation

  • Feb 17, 2009

    Changing DCC to DCC, that's soooooooo Durham.

    DCC = Duck, Cover, Crawl

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