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Downtown Durham May Divide Into Districts

Posted February 14, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— Navigating the Bull City may get a little easier. A group that markets and promotes the downtown area wants to create six distinct downtown districts.

Downtown Durham, Inc.hopes to create the following areas:

  • City Center: The core of downtown.
  • Governments: Which includes City Hall and the Durham County Courthouse.
  • Brightleaf: The area around Brightleaf Square.
  • The Warehouse District: The area near the Liggett Tobacco buildings.
  • Central Park: An area that includes the old Durham Athletic Park.
  • Bull Durham: The area incorporating the American Tobacco factory and the current ball park.

    Each district would have a color-coded sign. The goal, says Downtown Durham's Bill Kalkhof, is to make it easier get around.

    "If it takes more than three minutes to explain to someone how to get somewhere, you've got a problem," he said.

    The city is working on another solution to make traveling in Durham easier for drivers -- trying to sort out the maze of one-way streets downtown.

    It is planning to realign Corcoran and Foster streets to create a north-south connection through the downtown area. Main and Chapel Hill streets will become two-way routes.