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Durham Rising Celebration Takes Over Downtown

Posted June 22, 2007 12:34 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2007 9:41 a.m. EDT

— After 27 months of work to revitalize downtown Durham, residents and visitors celebrated the city’s new look Saturday.

Called Durham Rising, the event celebrated the nearly $14 million the city poured into the street-scape plan, which included changing sidewalks, lampposts and the overall look. City leaders said this is just the beginning.

Durham has received help in the form of both public and private investments, including $1 billion worth of new housing, office and retail space. Crews have converted three streets from one way to two way, and they serve as the city spine, linking downtown to other districts.

“It’s just nice to see something actually happening in the central downtown area,” said Durham resident Gary Cutlick.

Raleigh resident Gerri Carter said she heard about the celebration on TV and had to come check it out for herself.

“We thought it would be pleasant for us to walk around as we get to know the area,” she said.

A parade is planned for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a Light Show Spectacular at 9:30 p.m.