I'd like to point out that by shopping at the Durham Rescue Mission thrift store you are supporting the work they do in Durham. They are run opaquely by the Mills family, openly hostile to the LGBT community, bad neighbors to Golden Belt, and require church attendance to receive resident services. If you're cool with all of those things, continue to support. Otherwise the list you provide includes a great thrift - Trosa. Pennies for Change and the Scrap Exchange also have great thrift shops that support amazing orgs that do great work in our community. Consider donating and shopping where the organization fully supports what you support.
If you look at the performance data by race in Durham Public Schools it's pretty stark. It would be nice if the state broke out data by economics as well as race and gender. The intersections at play in many DPS kids lives greatly impact their school readiness, focus, and testing outcomes.
I'm glad you pointed out the vast resources of this group. Additionally, their numbers to restore a house in a historic district are wildly inaccurate. I'd suggest they discuss plans with multiple other contractors who have done this work as it can be done for significantly less.
If Habitat for Humanity can do it, the DRM can too.
And the Cleveland + Holloway local district is being taken up again by Planning. Same overall concern - vague plans for new massive development - but we've had a lot of new people move into the neighborhood in the 6 years since we started the process. This summer has been a nightmare for tear downs of small modest homes (less than 1,200 sqft) being replaced with much much larger homes.
A gym that costs between $40 and $50 a month for an individual will not be impacted by the city charging for parking. People who can't afford to park downtown ALSO cannot afford YMCA memberships. If the YMCA is worried about it, they can pay to lease additional parking around the YMCA for their members.
There are free gyms provided in Rec Centers by the City of Durham Parks and Recreation dept.
Well done. Thank you for writing about recovery and addiction.
if it's like the cigarette ban then I expect nothing to happen. People routine smoke in parks, on the sidewalks, and at bus stops. When it's called in to 911 or the non-emergency number as "there are people smoking weed under the shelter at the park" I can feel the 911 operator eye roll and weed is still illegal to possess or sell.
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