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I’m Optimistic

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OU KNOW THOSE “CHARLOTTE’S GOT A LOT” BILLBOARDS THEY started putting up around the Triangle a few years ago? Well, those billboard folks should start looking at Durham a little more closely. You’ll see on pages 34-37, downtown most definitely has a lot going on. Projects range in scope and size, from 11 townhomes on Mangum Street to our now-tallest building downtown, One City Center. It’s impressive. Would the downtown pioneers we feature on pages 38-42 have predicted this rapid growth when they moved to the city center? Still, I know they saw then what so many new people who are moving downtown saw – that Durham is a special place filled with people who care about this city. I’m optimistic about Durham’s future. It’s because everyone I speak to – from city employees and government officials to restaurant and shop owners to my own neighbors – wants what’s best for Durham. Dom Rella, creative director for Engine Brandmakers (see profile on page 54) had a quote that struck me: “Here, there’s this perfect storm of growth and potential, and there’s also social awareness. … For me, it’s very important that there’s a great desire that this prosperity is helping everyone.” Yes, conversations about gentrification and affordable housing still need to be happening among us, and we need to find solutions, but it’s this social consciousness and desire to lift up everyone who lives here that fuels my optimism.

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