Bull City Rising is a daily blog that covers news, politics, events, downtown, development and more in Durham, N.C. -- the Bull City. Sometimes we recap and analyze the day's news; sometimes, we break the news through original reporting and reader contributions.
Ranked one of the top five Durham blogs by outside.in, BCR is your local source to stay informed on what's happening in Durham and to stay engaged with life in the City of Medicine. BCR's mission is to be a commons for the Bull City, a place for information, discussion and debate.
The name is not accidental. To many, the places that comprise Durham -- a town rich with historic tobacco warehouses, Civil War sites, and Tobacco Road relics -- point to a city firmly rooted in its past.
But Durham is clearly moving forward, amidst a redevelopment and renewal support new and adapted residential, retail and commercial areas, many of which are taking root in the restoration of yesterday's neighborhoods and factories.
Today's Durham is home to nationally known restaurants and down-home barbecue shacks, to cutting-edge teaching and research and some of the South's first post-war industrial areas. It's an historic center of black-owned financial firms, and the incubator for everything from high-tech startups to interesting and eclectic shopping.
Which is not to say that this blog is a halcyonic look at life in Durham. Delving into the occasional missteps in local politics and government, analyzing factors that play into Durham's challenging socioeconomic divide, and looking at the occasional groaner in the local papers is all fair game at BCR.
You'll see both the passion for Durham and the opportunities the city can improve in the blog comments, from the 1,000 unique readers most weekdays and almost 12,000 per month who come to Bull City Rising to stay connected to what's happening.
And to keep up with what's happening in Durham, we need your help.
Contributing to BCR
A good number of other stories come from you, our readers. Know of a new business coming to town, or a business closing? Heard an interesting rumor or report you'd like to know more about? Is your group holding a Durham-oriented event?
If so: let us know!
- Submit questions and story ideas by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Due to the volume of email received, replies can sometimes take a few days; I try to catch up on blog email each weekend.)
- Call BCR at (919) 323-8432.
- By postal mail:
Bull City Rising
PO Box 282
Durham, NC 27702-0282
About the Editor
Born in Orlando, Kevin Davis spent ten years living in Boston, with interim stops in Charlotte, Richmond, Louisville, and Washington D.C., before settling in Durham in 2005. Davis, a former writer/editor and technology columnist for The Harvard Crimson, lives in Trinity Park and works as a university administrator. Contact the author at email@example.com.
About Our Correspondents
- Rob Gillespie is a BCR correspondent on local politics, businesses and neighborhood issues. Rob grew up outside Jacksonville, Fla. and attended the University of North Florida before coming to Durham and Duke, where he's a Ph.D. student in biochemistry. Rob lives in the Burch Ave. neighborhood and has become active in BANA and the South-West Central Durham Quality of Life initiative. You can reach Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Justin Landwehr is BCR’s start-ups and entrepreneurship correspondent. Justin moved from rural Ohio to Raleigh in 2000, and from Raleigh to Durham in 2007 after graduating from NC State with Bachelor’s degrees in Statistics and Economics. He works as a research associate in RTP and lives in a “cozy” old brick ranch just north of RTP. You can reach Justin at email@example.com.
- Sharon McCloskey pursued a career as a litigator in New York City and as a deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey before deciding to change career paths -- and geographies. She attended Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Carnegie-Knight Foundation News 21 Fellow focused on the public school system and school reform efforts in Newark, New Jersey. Now a resident of Durham again, Sharon covers K-12 education issues for Bull City Rising. You can reach Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Matthew E. Milliken is a New Yorker who has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance writer and a daily newspaper reporter. His most recent job was with The Herald-Sun. He holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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