Durham-Related Web Sites
Bull City Rising Blog
Although this blog touches on all things Durham, its primary focus is covering the changes and evolution of the Bull City... the "Bull City Rising."
Cemetery Census is a strictly volunteer effort to record the burials in local family, religious, and municipal cemeteries—a labor of love by the many volunteers who collect, record, photograph, and make available these resources. Allen Dew is the originator and driving force behind Cemetery Census.
The Digital Durham web site offers students, teachers, and researchers a wide range of sources (many primary) including letters, store ledgers, photographs, book excerpts, and more that can be used to investigate Durham’s post-bellum economic, social, cultural, and political history.
Durham Urban Renewal Records
These records—part of “DigitalNC”—document the plans for the urban redevelopment of Durham in the 1960s and 1970s. Created in 1958, the Durham Redevelopment Commission oversaw seven projects of urban renewal aimed at combating "urban blight," one in Durham's downtown and the other six in historically black neighborhoods including Hayti and Northeast Central Durham.
Dividing Durham: HOLC's Survey of the Bull City
Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) made low-interest mortgages to homeowners threatened by the dramatic increase in foreclosures resulting from the Depression. In 1935, HOLC began its City Survey Program which appraised real estate in urban areas; HOLC staff in partnership with local real estate brokers “produced detailed reports for each city along with a series of now infamous maps that assigned residential areas a grade from one to four.” This project examines the HOLC survey of Durham in 1937 and applies it to the Main Street Carolina software, which overlays a georeferenced version of the Durham City Survey Map over Google Maps.
Downtown Durham, Inc.
DDI, Inc. is a 501 (c) 6 organization formed in 1993, with a mission to create an environment for private development in downtown Durham. The site leads users to services, space for sale and rent, shopping, food, and entertainment.
Durham City/County Planning Department
The Durham City-County Planning Department is the agency that develops long-range and special area plans that direct city and county growth. The site leads users to planning-related ordinances, boards and commissions, and applications and processes,
Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
This official Durham site includes portals to other credible sites about Durham and comprehensive information for Durham visitors, newcomers, journalists, and others.
Endangered Durham Blog
This blog is a treasure trove of information about land use, history, architecture, and sustainable development in Durham.
Preservation Durham's mission is to preserve the history, architecture, and cultural heritage of Durham and Durham County, and to serve as an institution for the education of citizens through the promotion and appreciation of this heritage. Find out about events, endangered properties, local and national historic districts, and more through this site.
Old West Durham Neighborhood Association
A wealth of information about the historic Old West Durham neighborhood and the broader community.