Happenings in the Heart of the Bull City
March 2022
  • News
  • Event Highlights
  • Biz Tools: Traffic Report
  • Biz Tools: Pedestrian Counter
  • Biz Tools: Merchant Map
  • Hello and Goodbye
  • Ambassador Stories
  • Clean & Safe Stats
  • Meetings, Trainings & Forums
One Minute Survey: Social Districts, What Do You Think?

In September 2021, the NC House and Senate passed a bill that allows for social districts in North Carolina. DDI is in the information gathering phase in preparation for working with our partners at the city on whether and/or how to implement a social district downtown. We started by surveying downtown businesses (results here), and now we want to hear from residents, visitors and the general public. Here's your chance to share your thoughts on this important topic.
What is a social district?

In brief, a social district is a defined outdoor area in which a person may consume alcoholic beverages sold by an ABC permittee. This area is separate from areas already permitted for outdoor dining. In practical terms, this means a customer could purchase a drink from one merchant and consume it in a public space, retail outlet or participating other venue located within the social district. Want more information? Here's an FAQ document with additional details.

Please take just a moment to complete the one-minute survey, and enter to win a $50 SpendaBull card!

Congratulations to Lauren for winning last month's survey prize drawing!

February's One-Minute Survey Results

In last month's One-Minute Survey, we asked what outdoor activities you want to see more of downtown when it warms up.

Here's how you rated our ideas...
...and here are a few of yours:
• Movies in the park
• Street performers and live art-making
• Pop-up dog parks
• 3 on 3 basketball tournaments
• Playgrounds for kids
• Life-size board games
• More seating and sheltered areas
• Barbecue cook-offs
• Outdoor job fairs
• Picnic days
To get you started on your outdoor adventures, here's a list of public plazas, trails, parks and green spaces in and adjacent to downtown:
Don't Miss the Last Weekend of Downtown Durham Feast!

Eat or drink downtown and enter to win our grand prize of a one-night stay at a downtown hotel, a gift basket with samples of goodies from downtown retailers and a $100 SpendaBull e-gift card, accepted by 50+ downtown merchants.

This week's bonus drawing is for residents of downtown and nearby neighborhoods (within a 2-mile radius of Major the Bull). Win a one-night stay at 21c Hotel, a gift basket and a SpendaBull. Send in your receipts by Sunday night, and good luck!

Crane Watch: What's Being Built Downtown?

Do you ever wonder as you pass a construction site (or many construction sites) downtown, "What are they building there?" Our development map has the answers. Click on the hammer icons to learn more about developments that are under construction. The pushpin icon is for projects still in the planning phase. Building icons indicate completed projects.

Pictured: The old SouthBank building is being demolished to make room for The Novus, a 27-story residential development with ground floor retail.

The City Is Creating Next Year's Budget: Share Your Thoughts

It's budget season, and the city is collecting initial public input at the March 21 City Council Meeting. The first public hearing will give community members the opportunity to share their feedback about funding needs and priorities. This is your chance to influence what gets funded in the next budget.

COVID-19 Update: Mask Mandate Ended

Effective March 7, 2022, the county ended its mask mandate. While visitors to city facilities will no longer be required to wear masks indoors, city employees will continue to wear masks through March 21. According to federal and CDC guidelines, masks are still required at healthcare facilities and on all public transportation. View the full press release or information about COVID-19 vaccines and resources.

Visit our website to stay up to date on weekly case counts and averages.

The Downtown Durham Event Calendar is the place for downtown venues, retailers, restaurants and residents to promote events. Submit your upcoming events today!
See the 25-year-old artist's spray paint and mixed media artwork, emphasizing self-expression and the healing potential of art, and visit his opening on March 18 during this month's Third Friday Art Walk & Gallery Crawl.
Happening in sites across downtown Durham, BCS will host leading and breakthrough creatives, musicians, technologists, scientists, researchers, artisans and entrepreneurs alike as the worlds of music, art, science and technology converge. Join the conversation!
Sample food from 30+ local restaurants and vendors, taste beer from breweries near and far, and check out local musicians on stage, all while supporting the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
Small Plates Crawl
Every Thursday night, visit participating downtown restaurants and bars for a special menu! Some venues will highlight a special small plate, others will offer discounts and some will provide pairings from their bar. Visit durhamsmallplatescrawl.com for more info and a list of participating restaurants.
Third Friday Art Walk & Gallery Crawl
Visit galleries and other art venues downtown and beyond on March 18 and every third Friday of the month! Find a complete list of Third Friday events, and submit your own, at thirdfridaydurham.org.
This month's featured artwork:
Danielle James, Last Call
On view at Hex Neon, 305 S. Dillard St. 
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.

DDI's pedestrian counters were installed to assist businesses in determining appropriate hours and staffing levels. For additional information, like hourly counts or trends, BID constituents may request a custom report. Contact Rebekah Mixon to request a report.

Location 1: 21c Hotel
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Location 2: Chesterfield Building
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Location 3: Foster on the Park Apartments
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Location 4: Marriott City Center
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Bundles of this great customer service tool are available to downtown merchants, and you can also download an always up-to-date, printer-friendly version and browse the web map at downtowndurham.com/map.

Contact Patrick Holt to order a bundle or suggest revisions.

The following businesses recently opened or closed in downtown Durham.
Fitness studio
505 S. Duke St.
Contact: Holli Mann

Restaurant: bar/pub; live entertainment venue
347A W. Main St.
Contact: Shawn Stokes

Restaurant: Japanese, pan-Asian, seafood
701 W. Main St.
Contact: Eddie & Susan Tu

(Formerly Other End of the Leash)
Pet supplies
1000 W. Main St.
Contact: Claudia Dorin
715 Risgbee Ave.
Contact: Wayne Massengill

Garden supply (moved outside the BID)
937 Washington St.
Contact: George Davis

Is Spring Already Here?? Clean & Safe Update: March 2022
Erik Nystrom, Clean and Safe Operations Manager

Let’s face it: We Americans love to talk about the weather whenever we can. I had a friend from Belgium who could never understand this trait. He would always boast (proudly!) about the fact that weather wasn’t an obsession in his country. I told him that most counties in some of our states are bigger than his entire country, and there is always some weather disaster here to talk about. Besides, I told him, “We have the Weather Channel here!” I can see why we lost touch shortly thereafter.

Over our first weekend of March of 2022 in Durham, we were treated to temps in the 80s, and it brought many folks downtown. It’s so encouraging and heartwarming to see things getting back to the way they were before these past 24 months of darkness. I’m finally feeling optimistic about things to come, and I know our future is bright here in downtown Durham.

With all this renewed activity comes increased levels of trash that we all need to help keep in check. There are hundreds of black streetscape trash cans throughout the BID that we encourage you to use for any loose trash you generate while downtown. Please keep bags of household trash, furniture, yard waste and construction debris out of them. If you have questions about how to dispose of these items, please reach out to me at erik@downtowndurham.com and I’ll be happy to help you.

As the warmer weather brings out more and more people, we will work diligently to keep the downtown free of trash and litter, keep things looking tidy and help keep rodents and other pests away. Please help us by keeping litter at bay.

So come downtown and enjoy some of this nice, early spring weather while you can before everything turns yellow from pine pollen for a few weeks. Please look for your Ambassador Team out and about keeping our downtown clean and safe for everyone. We are always happy to talk to you so please feel free to chat with us.

Happy spring!
Downtown Durham's dedicated Ambassador Team 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 Service
Brickwork Laying (Square Feet)
Trash Bags Collected
Graffiti Removed - Paint
Graffiti Removed - Stickers
Customer Service (Directions, Battery Jumps, Etc.)
Panhandlers/Outreach/Social Service Referral
January 2022
Mar. 21; Apr. 4, 18
Mar. 24; Apr. 7, 21
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.
Mar. 14, 28; Apr. 11, 25
Apr. 4
Regular Meetings: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: 1st Monday at 9 a.m.
Downtown Durham, Inc.
115 Market St. • #213
Durham, NC 27701
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