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Panel discussions to illustrate the two economic sides of Durham

Posted by on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM

While government meetings are generally stultifying, there are two community gatherings next week that everyone with an interest in affordable housing and development in Durham should attend.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, The Coalition for Affordable Housing & Transit will host a meeting about development around the proposed light rail station on South Buchanan Boulevard, which is in the up-and-coming West End neighborhood. 

The good news about light rail and public transit in general, is that it can open up employment opportunities for  people without cars. It also reduces pollution.

The tricky part is that development around the transit stations—which should be for affordable housing—often is not. Exhibit A in how this can go wrong is Whetstone apartments, which overlook the Durham Transit Center. Instead, development can favor the better-heeled, thus raising rents and displacing residents and businesses.

The meeting will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 810 W. Chapel Hill St., at 6 p.m.  You can also fill out a survey conducted by Go Triangle, the regional transit system. More info: LorisaSeibel@gmail.com, 919-801-6863.

And now for something completely different, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., the Duke Real Estate Club is hosting the heavy-hitters of Durham development in a panel called "Innovative Development in Durham." The event is open to the public.

The panelists include



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