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Re: “Old Durham meets New Durham

"it's important to remember that in the 1920s, people lived here, albeit in single-family homes."

Not only that, but Central Park was a small, black neighborhood.…

Thanks for the article. I hope Mr. Murray gets everything he wants.

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Posted by Andrew Edmonds on 07/30/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Love Durham? Then you need to come to
Mindy Fullilove's talk about cities

At her lecture yesterday, Dr. Fullilove mentioned that the redlining mortgage maps were unavailable except by visit to the National Archives in College Park, MD.

Later, Katie Spencer of the Museum of Durham History said they would soon have an exhibit about the map. Spirit House is also working with local cartographer Tim Stahlmann to create a large-format version of the map. Great news on both fronts.

There are plenty of places online to view and examine the Durham redlining map, however. WUNC posted a scan of the original printed map here:…

UNC's Richard Marciano has an interactive version of the map (and of Asheville's) here:

From this web map you can click on each color-coded area and discover non-sugar-coated racism in a Federal document: the South Mangum (nee McMannen) Street area near the current Bulls ballpark is described as "formerly a good white residential street, but negroes are gradually taking up the area."

Marciano's team had an earlier website that doesn't appear to be fully functional at the moment, but does offer additional background and insight:…

Finally, map nerds who don't already know about Digital Durham, a site put together by Duke's Trudi Abel, need to visit it now. Lots of original material there, including an oft-referenced 1937 Durham Public Works map that shows the racial composition of town, street-by-street, and that works in tandem with this redlining map. It is also, perhaps unwittingly, an early map of environmental (in)justice:…

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Posted by Andrew Edmonds on 07/20/2015 at 9:28 AM

Re: “The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina

The Kenan Institute map is tremendously misleading. The difference in rates between the least and most expensive categories is less than 50%, but the size of the circles doesn't reflect this. Instead, the western counties are made to be paying Earth-sized rates, while the eastern counties are paying Saturn-sized rates. Maps are supposed to simplify our understanding of complex data, not obfuscate.

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Posted by Andrew Edmonds on 02/17/2012 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Safety on the American Tobacco Trail

Lisa, I thought your story might include this recent recount on the Bike & Ped listserv:

Yesterday (Halloween), around 7:15pm, I was biking home from work on the
ATT when I was attacked by someone with a knife.

I was headed toward downtown, and just before Enterprise St. I was struck
in the head. I was wearing a helmet and was fine, but startled. I looked
behind me and did not see anyone, but heard someone running off through the
woods on the right side of the trail.

Almost immediately after, I had to stop for trick-or-treaters walking down
Enterprise. They paused in front of me and stared. I greeted them and
they walked on. It sounded like they were muttering something about me,
and as I crossed Enterprise, I figured there must be egg all over my
helmet. So I stopped on the other side of the road and took my helmet
off. A kitchen knife with a 6 inch blade fell out of my helmet.

I called the police when I got home, and they were quick to respond. I had
taken the knife with me, but in my shock, I did not think to mind the
fingerprints. The police did not offer to take fingerprints from the
knife, but I doubt that if they had, they would have found any but my own
by that point.

In case folks need another reason for wearing a bike helmet, there you go.

Posted by Andrew Edmonds on 11/08/2011 at 10:55 PM

Re: “How many ways has K&L Gates touched you today?

"Durham's own special political problems" = "pushy little Durham"

The former phrase reminds me of the latter, which was mentioned in a recent Endangered Durham blog entry, here:…

Posted by Andrew Edmonds on 01/20/2011 at 9:18 PM

Re: “An old schoolhouse becomes an outlet for vision, hope and music

The photo caption misidentifies the Murphey School as a Durham County property; it's actually in Orange County, an easy enough mistake.

You can read all about the history and architecture of the Murphey School from the National Register nomination form, available here:

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Posted by Andrew Edmonds on 08/19/2010 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Century-old Durham home latest to face bulldozer

It's been extensively renovated. See here:

Posted by Andrew Edmonds on 07/25/2010 at 1:06 AM

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