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September 2006

Ninth Street Development Charrette

A heads-up: the Durham City-County Planning Dept. will be holding a design charrette next weekend to get input and ideas for future development of the Ninth Street district.  Contact Aaron Cain of the planning department if you are interested in participating:

As hopefully most of you know, the Durham City-County Planning Department, in conjunction with Durham Area Designers, will be conducting a charrette on the future development of Ninth Street.  The Ninth Street Charrette is scheduled for Friday, September 15 and Saturday,

September 16, 2006, at Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 806 Clarendon Street, Durham.  The Friday session begins at 5 p.m. and will provide you with an orientation to the charrette process, define the study area and include an introduction to form-based development codes. The Saturday session begins at 9 a.m. and will concentrate on exploring best practices for potential development in the Ninth Street area.  This session will likely last the entire day, though attendance for the entire session is not mandatory to provide useful input.

In preparation for the charrette, the city-county planning department asks that interested residents submit issues and solutions to the planning department.  If you have any issues you would like addressed at the charrette, or any ideas for solutions to existing or potential issues in the Ninth Street area, please forward them to me at by September 12.  Furthermore, if you have any questions about the upcoming charrette feel free to contact me via email or by phone at 560-4137x226.

Some "Magic" in that espresso...

American Tobacco Campus visitors and workers craving a White Chocolate Mocha or even a good ol' cup of joe have been surprised to find the ATC's Starbucks closed in the afternoons and evenings over the past few weeks.  Although its posted hours of operation are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, seems the Starbucks is closing barely after lunch most days.

Fear not, caffeine lovers.  The culprit isn't slow business (far from it most days), but rather a Kafkaesque transition in management.

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