Golden Belt Home Tour: After the Tour

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The Home Tour was a great success:  we had around 200 people come through, and the event attracted a lot of attention in the Triangle.  See Jim Wise’s story in the May 2 News and Observer:

Durham neighborhood comes ‘back to life’ – Real Estate News –

and Laura Oleniacz in the May 3 Herald Sun:

Neighborhood walk offers glimpse of restored homes and works in progress among Golden Belt’s mill houses

via golden community.

Thanks to all of the people who generously put their houses on the tour, the volunteers who helped show them, and to the businesses that helped underwrite the event:  Acanthus Construction, Bikram Yoga Durham, Labour Love Gallery,  Regulator Book Shop, Riverbank Custom Homes, Scientific Properties, Seagroves Realty and Urban Durham Realty.

Tour Property #8:  1211 Wall St.

The newest listing in the neighborhood


New Neighbors in building 5 of GB Campus

Scientific Properties signed a new lease with MindWorks Multimedia 

 It will be interesting to see signs life walking through building 5 which faces Belt Street. It was only 2 years ago it looked like a ghost town.

 — Info courtesy of the GB Campus Blog as well.
“This innovative and philanthropic company has signed a lease to occupy all of Building 5 on GB’s campus.   MindWorks is an award-winning interactive multimedia and video production company with a reputation for excellence in instructional design.  The company plans to move into the 6,264 square-foot building in July which will be home to a new video and photo production studio, two Avid editing suites and an audio suite.  The company is no stranger to the Golden Belt community.  MindWorks has occupied three lofts in Building 6 over the past year.   With ten full-time employees and two full-time contractors, MindWorks anticipates adding additional staff by the end of the year.


Free Curbside Bulky Item Pickup

Durham Begins Free Curbside Bulky Item Pickup October 6

Roll-Off Containers Can Now Be Rented; Both New Services Available for
All Residential Customers

Durham, N.C. – Disposing of old furniture and appliances is now as easy
as dragging it to your curb. Effective Monday, October 6, 2008, City of
Durham residents that receive curbside solid waste and recycling
collection will now begin to receive free bulky item and white goods
collection as well.

According to Donald Long, director of the City’s Department of Solid
Waste Management, the new curbside service is an expanded opportunity
for residents to easily maintain the appearance of their properties.
“This new service allows our residents to get rid of bulky items and
white goods at the curb with a monthly pick up,” Long said. “In the
past, residents had to contact Durham One Call to schedule a bulky item
pick up. Now, they will just need to sit out their bulky items and
white goods on their scheduled day and we’ll handle it from there.”

Bulky items are considered common household items, such as furniture,
exercise equipment, vacuums, grills, and bicycles, which do not fit
inside the regular roll-out carts. White goods are items such as
refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, dishwashers, washers,
and dryers.

Residents should place no more than five bulky items and/or white goods
on the curb by 7 a.m. the day of their scheduled pick up. The new
collection schedule is as follows:

Bulky Item Curbside Pick Up

White Goods Curbside Pick Up

Residential Collection – Monday

* Bulky Item Collection – First Monday of the first full week of
the month (between 7 a.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Wednesday).

Residential Collection – Monday

* White Goods Collection – First Thursday of the first full week
of the month.

Residential Collection – Tuesday

* Bulky Item Collection – Second Monday of month (between 7 a.m.
Monday and 5 p.m. Wednesday).

Residential Collection – Tuesday

* White Goods Collection – Second Thursday of the month.

Residential Collection – Thursday

* Bulky Item Collection – Third Monday of the month (between 7
a.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Wednesday).

Residential Collection – Thursday

* White Goods Collection – Third Thursday of the month.

Residential Collection – Friday

* Bulky Item Collection – Fourth Monday of the month (between 7
a.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Wednesday).

Residential Collection – Friday

* White Goods Collection – Fourth Thursday of the month.

There are certain items that are prohibited from being included in this
new monthly curbside service. These items include rocks, dirt, building
materials, construction debris, loose leaves, large tree limbs, tree
stumps, tires, propane tanks or car parts. These items should still be
taken to the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center at 2115 East
Club Boulevard, Durham. Hazardous materials such as chemicals and paint
are also prohibited with this new service and should be disposed of at
the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Center, located at 1900 East Club
Boulevard, Durham.

Jacob Lawrence Exhibition: The Migration Series Revisited

Thursday, September 25, 2008
Building 2, Floor 3
6:30 pm

Golden Belts Arts Campus will host a panel discussion on unconventional methods for organizing and displaying art exhibitions.  Enjoy wine and cheese while you view the Jacob Lawrence show and mingle with our panelists.  The talk will feature Peter Nesbett & Shelly Bancroft, co-directors of Triple Candie Gallery in Harlem, NY and the originators of the exhibition.  Also contributing to the discussion will be Courtney Reid-Eaton, exhibitions director for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, A.T. Stephens, director of Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, and elin slavick o’Hara, art professor for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Admission is free.  Please r.s.v.p.

“Triangle Cartography Convergence” Art Exhibit @ Golden Belt

September 19, 2008 – October 18, 2008
“Triangle Cartography Convergence” Art Exhibit
The exhibit features “An Atlas of Radical Cartography” (a collection of 10 maps and 10 essays about social issues from globalization to garbage; surveillance to extraordinary rendition; statelessness to visibility; deportation to migration) plus works by local cartographers. Part of Triangle Community Cartographies Convergence, two months of events exploring community cartography, radical map-making, spatial activism and their possibilities for the Triangle, accompanied by a multi-site collaborative exhibition, and culminating in the convergence itself, a day of workshops, networking and collaboration. FREE admission.
September 19, 2008 – October 18, 2008
10am-7pm T-Sa; 12-5pm Su.
The Golden Belt Gallery, 807 E Main St.
(919) 967-7700
Map | Driving Directions

Another Great GBNA Meeting

Neighboohood Vets meet New Neighbors, great conversation and enthusiasm the meeting was a sucess once again. We discussed many of the upcoming events and concerns about the neighborhood. There are a number of projects, renovations and plans playing out. Polling the neighbors about different crime prevention measures, networking and waiting to see what resturant will be 1st for the Golden Belt Arts Campus. We also had a chance to check out the Jacob Lawrence exhibit as well.

Next meeting – Thursday October 16th, 2008

Another Successful GBNA Meeting

8/22/08 –

Last Night we had a great turn out for our 3rd GBNA meeting. Going forward we will be meeting in the Neighborhood Improvement Services Conference Room on the 3rd Floor. Please come out and join us.


As mentioned last night we are recruiting for a kickball tournament. Clean Energy Durham will host kickball tourney among all the neighborhoods that they have been working with.  As noted previously, Uplift East Durham has challenged us to even find 10 players in our neighborhood.  If anyone is interested in donating hot dogs, buns or a dignified butt WHOOPping’, please feel free to sign up for our team

The game will be Saturday, August 30 from 4-6pm at the Long Meadow Park field on Liberty.