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Durham to Hold Citywide Celebration in June

Posted May 22, 2007

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— Durham is in the middle of major renaissance downtown with several projects in the works. On Tuesday, Mayor Bill Bill announced a citywide celebration to recognize the changes.

The "Durham Rising" party and parade will be held in June at the new downtown plaza. The city has spent about $13 million on a streetscape project that covered two miles of roads and four city blocks.

City crews planted 220 trees, laid 60,000 square yards of brick and put in 4,300 square yards of stamped concrete in street intersections. They said the project took more than a year, and they are now putting together the finishing touches.

The party starts June 23 at 6 p.m., with pre-event entertainment starting at 4 p.m. It will also include a "people's procession" through downtown Durham. Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics will be the featured performer. A fireworks display will cap off the event.


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  • andrewsnc5 May 23, 2007

    To 68 Polara: The City/County are attempting to act as a catalyst. If they can spend a few million to in turn get 10's or 100's of millions invested in downtown (American Tobacco Project when completed will exceed $100M, West Village II will also exceed $100M) and the surrounding areas, I think this is money well spent. Also, the increased tax base of these newly renovated appreciating properties should provide more tax revenue long term, and can offset some of the initial outlays of public money.

  • 68_polara May 23, 2007

    I agree with Aquamarine. The renovated Lucky strike tobacco factory is nice, quiet, and serene. You practically have the place to your self when you go there. I just wish they could have done it with more private investment though. Making tax payers pay for such projects is thievery. Notice the article earlier this week about Durham's taxes increasing? Do you have any questions as to why?

  • Aquamarine May 23, 2007

    I have lived in Durham all of my adult life, and actually like it here. I have been to the renovated warehouse district downtown, and find it very appealing to have dinner in or out in a beautiful quiet serene location. It is so nice to go to with friends and just sit for a converstion. I am very impressed with all the renovations with restaurants and shops. I have never seen any of the so called "thugs" in this area, but show me a city without any of them, or without any crime, and you'll have a fictional city. Durham is up and coming, and even my friends in Raleigh agree. That is quite an accomplishment, Durham!!

  • Joe Schmoe May 22, 2007

    Note that WRAL's web software added a space in the middle of "dsp_entryform.cfm" on that URL I just posted. You'll need to delete it. (I'll try again: http://www.ci.durham.nc.us/gis_apps/crimedata/dsp_entryform.cfm)

  • Joe Schmoe May 22, 2007

    No crime problem downtown? Please. There is a huge underreported gang problem in Durham, as well as a generally high violent crime rate in the city. Don't believe me? Check out the Durham crime map, courtesy of the Durham PD and Sheriff's offices. Compare the city police and sheriffs' crime lists for violent crimes just for Jan through May of this year (set the dates, mark the checkboxes for assault, homicide, robbery, and rape, select "citywide" (which is really countywide), and see the results for yourself.


    (There was a much better map available a few years ago, but this one does the job.)

  • sick of thugs 3 May 22, 2007

    No davido. I am a cop that worked that area off duty. Let me say one thing. I do think that it is a step foward to have finished this project.

  • davido May 22, 2007

    Oops, OK, I just re-read your post. So you don't work for a club.

  • davido May 22, 2007

    "In the short amount of time that I worked there we had probably 2-3 fights a night, shootings, stabbings and even a few domestics."

    While I'm sure this is true, in most places downtown, if you aren't looking for trouble you will be fine. It's like any city: if you are not running with that crowd, you are usually pretty safe. (your mileage may vary)

    So let me guess, you worked for a club, right?

  • sick of thugs 3 May 22, 2007

    "Downtown Durham is one of my favorite destinations and I’ve never had a problem there. Spreading falsehoods will not change the fact."

    Ok. Let me clear up some "mis-consceptions". I have worked off duty in a law enforcement capacity at the DATA bus station in the middle of downtown Durham. Let me just say. There are problems there. There are alot of problems there. In the short amount of time that I worked there we had probably 2-3 fights a night, shootings, stabbings and even a few domestics. I was there. I saw what I saw. Problems exist there and if the leaders don't get serious and address it, it will continue to ruin a once thriving community.

  • claudnc May 22, 2007

    I agree you can certainly have a nice time in Durham... I worked there for two years and it was interesting enough. I am glad to see the growth taking shape.