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NY times article 5/02/18 on Durham NC

In a Revived Durham, Black Residents Ask: Is There Still Room for Us?

Upscale developments downtown have drawn a demographic that is largely wealthy and white, making some others feel unwelcome.

DURHAM, N.C. — “Downtown just ain’t black enough for me,” Paul Scott wrote in The Durham Herald-Sun a couple of months ago. A minister and local newspaper columnist, Mr. Scott was echoing a sentiment voiced by many of the city’s longtime African-American residents: The city center does not feel welcoming to them anymore.

“My concern is that when you go downtown on any given evening or on a weekend, you don’t see a whole lot of black faces there,” Mr. Scott said later in an interview.

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