- The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, an annual confab for N.C. Democrats, will be held in Durham for the first time (and only the second time outside Raleigh.) (See the ad at left for details on tickets.) National party chair Tim Kaine will be the event's keynote speaker for the dinner at downtown's Marriott. (H-S)
- As we noted here last week, the city has seen slow progress in completing parks & recs projects. A report from construction manager at risk Skanska -- which was hired to oversee a bundle of parks projects -- blamed the city's development review process (as expected) as well as the rampant rise in construction costs during the mid-decade building boom. The latter has led to cycles of re-approaching designers and architects for "value engineering" (cost-cutting efforts) given the fixed prices of projects, a cycle that Skanska claims has delayed projects significantly. Worth a read. (H-S)
- A separate matter that is a bit harder to pin on a third party: the City's spending rate on the 2007 streets and sidewalks bond has lagged behind the schedule preferred by Federal officials, who prohibit cities from borrowing bond monies and then just collecting interest on them. 10% of bond proceeds have to be spent or committed within six months of a municipality issuing the bond -- but by December, Durham had not met that mark for the $20m streets and sidewalks bond issue. The phased 2005 bond issue is hitting its mark. (H-S)
- The county's unemployment rate dropped from 8% to 7.7% in March, giving Durham one of the lowest rates in N.C. -- though still just less than twice what it had been a year ago. The H-S notes that the labor force size shrank for the Triangle in the latest report, suggesting that some of the decrease could be due to individuals opting out of the labor force, not finding work. (H-S)
- The N&O's Elizabeth Shestak has a nice look at the filming of "Main Street," including words from Colin Firth on his pleasant surprise at life in Durham. (N&O)
- An August crime mapping conference will feature a D.P.D. analyst's presentation on the impact of the Operation Bull's Eye effort in NECD. (H-S) We here at BCR will be curious to see whether by August the presentation includes data to address the lingering question of whether Bull's Eye reduced crime -- or displaced it to other venues outside the target radius.
- Ann Alexander (a co-founder of the one-time Wellspring grocery stores) has taken over the executive director role at Durham Central Park on an interim basis, taking over for Camille Berry, who left the slot quietly several weeks back. (H-S)
- As noted here last week, Steven Williams kicked off his long-shot mayoral campaign on Sunday with an announcement downtown. (H-S)
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