Finding Authenticity

21 Apr

See on Scoop.itCommunity Revitalization for Downtowns and Districts

Durham’s downtown started changing fast once the booming regional economy lured developers to restore and repurpose the gorgeous old tobacco warehouses into apartments, offices and retail in the early 2000s. This is a familiar story by now, as remnants of industrial urban pasts are being transformed into contemporary successes all over the place. The part of Durham’s renaissance I find most interesting is not the high-end developer work, however, which was pretty easy to predict; it is the small-scale, organic revitalization that has occurred in a quirky, long-forgotten neighborhood just north of downtown, next to the baseball stadium at the heart of the film, “Bull Durham.”

Heather Garbo‘s insight:

Reflecting on his hometown of Durham, NC, this blogger provides Interesting food for thought about walking the fine line between revitalization and preserving a community’s authenticity. 

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