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for Independent Weekly Vol. 24 Issue 30, July 2007
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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.
The history of the Blount Street neighborhood and its recent redevelopment are described. The neighborhood is one of the oldest in Raleigh with many different styles of architecture including examples of Tudor, Second Empire, and Queen Anne architecture. During the 1960s, many left the downtown area for the suburbs and many of the houses were turned into government offices. Now, the redevelopment plan for the neighborhood is encouraging many to move back to the historic area.
A new report from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina finds that open space is disappearing. The report looks at maps that show housing density from the 1940s to the present and the projected growth trends up to 2030. Forests, farmland, and recreation areas will be overtaken by suburban housing if nothing is done to stop the trend. The Conservation Trust’s government relations director, Edgar Miller, talks about what can be done about the problem.
Durham is becoming a national hotbed for spoken-word poetry. The Bull City Slam Team has been successful at national competitions and several festivals have been held in Durham to celebrate the genre. The history of slam poetry in the Triangle area and several area poets are recognized. The poetry has helped many through difficult struggles in their life and has attracted a church-like atmosphere for some.