Happenings in the Heart of the Bull City
March 2021
  • News
  • Event Highlights
  • Welcome & Goodbye
  • Biz Tools: Traffic Report
  • Ambassador Stories
  • Clean & Safe Stats
  • Meetings, Trainings & Forums
NEWS

Join us for our 2021 virtual summit

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21
8:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Tickets: $35

Keynote Speaker:

Bruce Katz
Author & Co-Founder
of New Localism Advisors


DDI UPDATE

Taking Stock: Where are we now?


EXPLORING THE POST-PANDEMIC LANDSCAPE

Industry Segment Presentations
  • Economic Overview – Christopher Chung, Economic Development Partnership of NC
  • Office – David Smith, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Hospitality – Lynn Minges, NC Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • Retail – Andy Ellen, NC Retail Merchants Association
  • Culture/Placekeeping – Zena Howard, Perkins & Will
  • Diversity & Inclusion – TBA
Panel 1
What’s next for downtown’s key economic drivers?

  • City of Durham
  • Durham County
  • Capitol Broadcasting Company
  • Carolina Theatre
  • Duke University
  • Durham Bulls
  • Durham Convention Center
Panel 2
What’s next for downtown’s major developments?

  • 300/500 Main St.
  • 555 Mangum/Van Alen Apartments
  • American Tobacco Campus
  • Brightleaf
  • Durham.ID
  • Five Points/One City Center
  • GeerHouse
  • Golden Belt
  • Venable Center
Purchase tickets or get more information at

BID stakeholder and volume discounts available.
The Streetery Returns!

We're doing a pop-up Streetery on Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20.

We'll reopen multiple streets in the center of downtown to pedestrian traffic with music and performers sprinkled throughout. Join us from 5-9:30 p.m. to shop, carry out, dine in or dine out.

Starting in April, we'll be moving The Streetery to locations throughout downtown! We'll post the details on The Streetery webpage as soon as they're available.

Have You Taken the Back on the Bull Pledge?

Finally, COVID numbers are beginning to come down, and with more Durhamites getting the vaccine every day, we're getting close to a time when we can enjoy gathering together again for concerts, theater performances and sporting events.

But getting Back on the Bull will take each of us doing our part to keep case numbers trending down. You can do your part by joining DDI CEO Nicole Thompson in taking the Back on Bull Pledge to: Get vaccinated when it's your turn, continue to wear a mask before and after you're vaccinated, and safely support local businesses.

Help Durham get Back on the Bull. Take the online pledge, and encourage others to join you.

Share Your Input on Willard St. Bike Lane Restriping

The city is creating a new bicycle lane on Willard St., and public input is needed to refine the proposed designs. Share your thoughts through April 1 using an online survey and interactive map.

COVID-19 Resources and Information

• Up-to-Date Information on Durham County COVID-19 Cases
The Durham County Coronavirus Data Hub is a great one stop shop that provides up-to-date counts of coronavirus cases in Durham County. This easy to use dashboard includes total confirmed cases by day, demographic information and weekly data analyses that indicate whether the rate of infection in the county is going up or down.

You can also watch weekly updates from the Department of Public Health Director
Rodney Jenkins on the department's YouTube channel.




• Resources and Merchant Status Updates
We continue to update the aggregated resources and information for businesses and residents on our site, as well as the lists of downtown restaurants and retailers that are open and offering outdoor seating, curbside or delivery service, online shopping or gift cards. In addition, our President and CEO sends regular emails to businesses and organizations to help them stay abreast of government policies, important webinars, and grant and loan opportunities.




EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
To check out the great things happening downtown, visit the
The Event Calendar is the place for downtown retailers, restaurants and residents
to promote events. Submit your upcoming events today.
QUEEN BEE HONEY & MEAD VIRTUAL TASTING • MARCH 12
Honeygirl Meadery owner and meadmaker, Diane, will guide you through their Traditional Mead & Honey course, comparing two distinct traditional meads and honey samples.
RICHARD ROTHSTEIN LECTURE • MARCH 18
Legal Aid of North Carolina and the Durham Eviction Diversion Program are hosting a speaker series with prominent and acclaimed authors on housing and the law. To launch the series, Richard Rothstein will present research drawn from his book The Color of Law.
PIEDMONT TOPOGRAPHICS EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION •
MARCH 19
Ryan Helsel and Vann Powell's photographs document the Research Triangle in the midst of a development boom. The exhibit at Through This Lens kicks off with a socially distanced reception.
DDI EVENTS
DURHAM FROM THE HEART • WEDNESDAYS

Visit Facebook.com/DowntownDurham at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays for live musical performances from Durham artists. 
WELCOME & GOODBYE
WELCOME
Florist
331 W. Main St.
Contact: Heather Sardela
GOODBYE
Furnishings/Housewares
339 W. Main St.
Contact: Celia Bradshaw

Restaurant/Japanese
905 W. Main St..
Contact: Thai Nguyen

Restaurant/Pizza
810 W. Peabody St..
Contact: Jamie Greaves
BUSINESS TOOLS
TRAFFIC REPORT
The Traffic Report lists events and happenings that may affect foot traffic and/or parking. It includes road closures and major events happening downtown.

Subscribe to the calendar or view the report online for the most up-to-date information.

AMBASSADOR STORIES
SPRING IS COMING! AMBASSADOR TEAM UPDATE: MARCH 2021
Erik Nystrom, Clean and Safe Operations Manager
Today as I’m sitting down writing my monthly Ambassador Team update for the newsletter, I’m reminded by Mother Nature that thankfully I’m living here in central North Carolina and not New England! Let’s face it, 73 degrees on the last day of February isn’t too tough to take. Although I’ve lived in the Triangle for 20 years now, I seem to be pleasantly surprised every year around this time when the weather starts to rapidly change from winter to spring. In New England, where I spent my formative years, we had two seasons: winter and construction. And although all the rain we’ve had the last few weeks has reminded me of my college days in Seattle, it looks like we are starting to turn the page, albeit tentatively, on winter. After a particularly dark, wet and challenging winter with COVID on top of it, I’m looking optimistically to the future and seeing our brighter and best days ahead of us.  

The team was kept busy last month with several power washing projects, including the cleaning and removal of several graffiti tags throughout the BID. The frequency of graffiti incidents remains higher than usual, with the majority of them occurring in and around the skate park and Durham Central Park. The Ambassador Team is here to respond quickly to clean and remove all the graffiti safely. As the weather warms up and more people are out and about, we are optimistic that the graffiti issue will diminish. Either way, we will respond quickly to keep our downtown clean and safe. 

The team continued with the power washing of sidewalks and curbs last month, and this effort is ongoing. (I've included a before and after pic below.) The team noted an increase in trash volume in our streetscape cans, which is a promising indicator that more folks are out and about. In order to help prevent pests, we kindly ask that if you are eating lunch outside, enjoying an ice cream cone or walking your dog, please ensure all food waste and other trash are promptly discarded in our trash cans when you’re finished – especially in the plazas and areas near restaurants. We check and change trash cans frequently to help mitigate this as well. 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I wholeheartedly thank all of you for your cooperative efforts with social distancing and wearing masks when you engage us when we are out working. The Ambassador Team is feeling positive about things steadily getting better this spring and all of us getting the upper hand on COVID. We are Durham Strong!
Downtown Durham's dedicated team of Ambassadors provides much needed clean and safe services. From sweeping and cleaning the streets, to providing directions for visitors, to jumpstarting car batteries, our Ambassadors are here to help. Have questions? Just stop one and ask. Need to submit a service request? Call 919-682-BULL (2855) or submit a request online.

CLEAN AND SAFE STATS
Clean and Safe Service
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Brickwork Laying (Square Feet)
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Trash Bags Collected
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Graffiti Removed - Paint
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Graffiti Removed - Stickers
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Customer Service (Directions, Battery Jumps, Etc.)
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Panhandlers/Outreach/Social Service Referral
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January 2021
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5800
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54
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65
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18
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41
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MEETINGS, TRAININGS & FORUMS
Mar 15; Apr 5, 19
Mar 18; Apr 8, 22
Regular Meetings: 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: Two Thursdays prior to Council meetings
at 1 p.m.

Meetings may be held virtually while the Safer at Home Order is in effect
Mar 22; Apr 12, 26
Apr 5
Regular Meetings: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: 1st Monday at 9 a.m.

Meetings may be held virtually while the Safer at Home Order is in effect
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in the Downtown Durham Business Improvement District.
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