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Re: “Learn to Wreck the Racks at Local Thrift Stores

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.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 11/30/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Durham Public Schools Takes Small Steps Forward Where Giant Leaps Are Needed

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.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 09/07/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Durham Rescue Mission Will Not Waver in Attempt to Be Removed from Proposed Historic District

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.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 09/02/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Durham Rescue Mission Wants to Expand. Golden Belt’s Proposed Historic Designation Might Get in the Way.

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.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 08/31/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Metered Parking Is (Probably) Coming to Downtown Durham This Fall

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.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 08/24/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Five years Ago, Piedmont's Crawford Leavoy Succumbed to Alcoholism in New Orleans. Now, He's Running One of Durham's Best Restaurants.

Well done. Thank you for writing about recovery and addiction.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 03/18/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Durham County cracks down on e-cigarettes

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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Posted by Natalie Spring on 01/06/2016 at 8:53 AM

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