Durham's status as a premier research and university town and its increasingly hip downtown have generated lots of buzz, but have also raised questions about the displacement poor, African American residents. As housing costs rise, what happens to residents who get pushed out? And as rents increase in the now-fancy downtown, where do small and minority-owned businesses go? How do these changes play out in this dynamic and complex place?
Our Durham report grapples with these questions by putting them in a historical context. We draw the connections between racially discriminatory practices and current day events and talk to a range of residents, community activists and city officials about the challenges that come with Durham's successes.
Gentrification and residential displacement in Durham have been getting lots of attention. The Durham Herald-Sun and News & Observer are publishing an ongoing series of articles and discussions.
The City of Durham Human Relations Commission issued a wide-ranging and thorough report
on structural racism in the city and the city itself is committed to racial equity training. (The Racial Equity Task Force is using our report as part of its curriculum.)
For a real community perspective, check out the Durham VOICE
, a wonderful source of community news that's produced as a partnership between the journalism programs at NC Central and UNC. Local teens, as well as students at the two universities, create the stories.