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I'll look over your link, but for now I believe that it looks like tax breaks, a community interest-earning co-op account that encourages and is boosted by increased black middle class home ownership, an engaged network of similar homeowners, increased NCCU and DPD policing, a partnership with NCCU, and agreement to not let crime invade the community, a commitment to improve the schools in the area, and a better relationship with the library (if it's still open). Otherwise you'll get the flippers and that would only perpetuate the decline.
bullcitygirl and Gladdek
more to your points, there should be an initiative or more of a city-wide effort to get more black middle class families to invest in this area by renovating and moving into these properties. Of course, these families would require sort of incentive, but the city could provide that too.
Chill, I believe that the word, "imagine" is employed here. Besides, this festival, in absolutely no categorical way resembles Coachella. Again, Coachella is a destination festival in a desert, Art of Cool is a city-wide festival with a footprint. Also, I'm very glad that you have this utopian view of people "uniting and letting go of their differences for the love of music," but unfortunately, that's just not the way life works. It's especially not how music festivals work. Sorry that you were offended by my "gutting" metaphor. We have two different stomachs for language, it seems. (See?). It also seems that we hold two different views on The Internet. I don't care for their music--Grammy nominated or not. In any case, Art of Cool Fest was fantastic and Cicely should be very proud of it. I'm just not into this whole convenient marketing thing where a festival that's typically known for presenting the canon of black classical, contemporary, and "cool" music wants to compare itself to something outside of its culture. Festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo and blah blah blah are saturated, exhausting, and somewhat unimaginative; and I don't need them to be a part of the conversation.
I'm not Post-Gentrified Bull City by any stretch of the imagination. I've been an active Durham citizen for the past 15 years. I digress...
Peep it--After another careful read of the piece, I'm sure you'll discover that at no point does anyone say that Party Illegal or The Pinhook is the first dance or gay club or "first" or "gay" anything. Illegal is a party, The Pinhook is a performance venue. Also, there's a good-sized part in there that talks about Ringside, if you care to give the story a second glance.
Also, you'll never have a chance at going on a Red Lobster date with me if you persist at besmirching these good people. Real talk.
Not sure what the correction is, but I'm well aware of Elaine Curry's and Dawn Paige's joint ownership of Empress Development. And yes, they are two African American women. I'm also aware of the dry cleaning business that will soon go in the 109 W. Parrish St. building that is owned by Dawn Paige. I'm sure that it'll be a godsend for downtown's future, crease-addicted denizens. I look forward to it. I, myself, iron for sport.
And you're right---the investment vs. the social and economic return will have to come under heavy, long-term scrutiny before we're able to say whether or not race is a downtown factor.
But trust me, it is. There's millions of black middle-class dollar$$$ in the Triangle waiting to be spent in greater downtown Durham. That particular point may not have been stretched out in this particular piece, but there's plenty of room for it in the future. Maybe the "Master Plan" will touch on some of this. Maybe?
Rise better step it up then. No point in having two average donut shops. It was great at first, but in the time that they've been in their Southpoint space I've been to several donut shops in the southeast whose donut menus are so much more innovative. Judging by all of the framed photos in the Rise shop of its owner standing in front of various renowned donut shops across the country, one would think that Rise's donut rotation would have more boom, inspiration, imagination. At least they have the best pimento cheese chicken biscuit in town. Nom.
Or, as my dad used to tell me, LISTEN LOUDER.
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