Lail discusses North Carolina cities that are restoring abandoned buildings to use as municipal buildings for administrative offices, as well as police, fire, and public works. Among the cities are Carthage, Morganton, and Mount Holly.
The Golden Belt Manufacturing Company’s textile factory in Durham is being repurposed with a focus on attracting artists. The mixed-purpose space will include many artist studios, living spaces, art-focused retail, an open-air market, restaurants, and a live music venue. The artists are at the center of the plan as the developers hope to create a unique community in the area.