Durham’s Historic Preservation Needs

Keep It Real:
Durham’s Historic Preservation Needs

Community Needs Assessment 2015
Preservation Durham

In the spring and summer of 2015, Preservation Durham conducted a community needs assessment to determine where Durham’s historic resources face challenges and opportunities and to gather feedback on the organization’s programs and community impact. The following summarizes some of the comments from participants and their major themes.

“Keep it real. But not run down. Or broken. Just make it awesome. ”

Growth – Development  – Pressure
The economic growth, an influx of new residents, and the revitalization of downtown were seen as positive things for our city, providing jobs and creative and entrepreneurial opportunities. However, they were also seen as creating challenges, such as development pressure on historic properties (teardowns), rising housing prices