Take a walk, Mr. Bell
Mr. Bell and some others want a map and definition of gentrification here in Durham.
May I make a suggestion?
He, his staff and others should get on Blackwell Street at the ballpark, keep straight across Lakewood and go all the way up South to Roxboro. Turn left, go up Roxboro to Enterprise, down to Fargo, right on Piedmont, left on Scout, right onto Hillside and back downtown noting the “Lofts” on Roxboro Street.
This may give them some insight into that terminology.
One more question: What does the city and Self-Help plan to do with the houses they have purchases in this area?
Loss for club and community
As a member of the Durham community, the news of another young life lost breaks my heart. And as the leader of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham, this murder really hits home.
Not only because David Pounds, who was a killed a couple of weeks ago here in Durham is a former club member, but also because this is what we fight against every single day. As David got older and moved to north Durham just over a year ago, it became harder for him to attend our club. Our services were suddenly out of reach, and now we can’t bring him back to life.
It breaks my heart. And no matter how well we’ve done with other Club members, or what our metrics might be, the community has lost a young life with promise. A teenager, who, if given the additional care, support and resources he needed, could have grown into an outstanding citizen. Instead, we are left to offer our condolences to his family and friends, and grieve for the life that was lost.
That’s why the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham exists. We are here to fill the void. We are here to offer a safe place for children and teenagers to go to escape the negative influences of our community. We’re where kids go to know that there’s someone looking out for them when their parents aren’t around – a place of consistency and stability. We are an important part of the community, and we want to be able to do more.
On behalf of the staff, board and membership of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham, we offer our deepest condolences to David’s family and friends. We will continue to work hard to provide a safe, caring place for the children of our community.
If you’d like to learn more about what we’re doing and how you can help us do more, please stop by the club to see what we’re all about.
Chief executive officer
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham
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