Places in Peril 2014: Streetscapes

Courtesy of Endangered Durham

Streetscapes
Why they’re important:

One of the most distinctive features of Durham’s historic residential neighborhoods is also one of the most overlooked historic resources: the streetscape.  The granite curbs and the canopy of large oak trees lining the streets lend as much to the historic character of our early twentieth-century neighborhoods as the housing stock itself.  Unfortunately, due to the necessity for updates to the underground infrastructure and the need to keep overhead power lines clear of branches, our historic streetscapes are being gradually eroded.

Why they’re imperiled:

In the spring of 2014, the Durham Historic Preservation Commission heard a case for the removal of several sections of granite curb in the Trinity Heights Local Historic District. The first