Developer Bob Chapman and partners last week issued what they hope will become “a citizens’ plan” to convert the Downtown Loop into a two-way street and spur development on currently under-utilized public property.
About 40 percent of the city’s 108 square miles is covered by trees, providing residents with shade, healthier air and beauty. To keep that arboreal canopy intact, Durham needs to plant an estimated 1,680 new trees every year for the next 20 years.
Duke Energy’s pruning of Durham street trees appears to violate city regulations, and homeowner Chuck Eppinette and a host of other citizens want City Hall to start enforcing them. According to City Manager Tom Bonfield, though, there may be some complications.
January’s “Point-in-Time count” of Durham’s homeless found the total number was up from the 2014 count: from 758 to 813. According to some people close to the city’s homeless situation, though, those figures don’t tell the whole story.
Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, recognizing the family tradition of placing flowers on graves to honor the soldiers, sailors and Marines of the Civil War. John A. Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union soldiers, made these celebrations official in 1868, establishing May 30 as the day for veterans to honor their dead comrades.
The early and middle colleges in Durham and Johnston counties kicked off the area’s high school graduation season on Friday. Thousands of Triangle high school seniors will graduate over the next three weeks.