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Happenings in the Heart of the Bull City
October 2022
  • News
  • Event Highlights
  • Biz Briefs
  • Ambassador Stories
  • Clean & Safe Stats
  • Meetings, Trainings & Forums
NEWS
Downtown Durham Social District Goes to a Vote Oct. 17
At the Oct. 6 city council work session, city staff presented a proposal to create a social district in downtown. (Branded by DDI as The Bullpen.) Seventeen downtown business owners, residents and others showed up to share their stories and support.

Next, the proposal will be voted on by city council at the October 17 meeting. If it passes, it will take a few weeks to get signage and materials in place to launch the social district. The anticipated launch date is early December.
 
DDI as the designee
In addition to approving the ordinance to create a social district, the city must vote to designate an organization to oversee the management of the district. It is anticipated that Downtown Durham, Inc. will be named the designee to manage the downtown social district, and city staff will present that proposal to council at the next work session on October 20, with a final vote tentatively scheduled for November 7.

If you own a downtown business and have not yet indicated whether you'd like to opt-in or out of the social district, please complete this short form now.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Downtown Durham Event Calendar is the place for downtown venues, retailers, restaurants and residents to promote events. Submit your upcoming events today!
BEER & FEAR MONTH • OCTOBER
Oktoberfests and spooky Halloween events are happening every week downtown. Find them all here!

MOVE-A-BULL CITY • OCTOBER 22
Move-A-Bull City is Durham’s sustainable transportation celebration! Whether you’re bicycling, riding transit, using scooters, or helping solve urban transportation in other ways – come on out!

STORYTIME ON THE ROOF •
OCTOBER 26
Join the Durham Hotel on the Roof for Storytime with Durham County Library. Bring the family up to the open-air rooftop for stories and songs.
ONGOING DOWNTOWN EVENTS
The Mix at Durham Station
Start your Third Friday off right! GoDurham and DDI present The Mix with music from DJ Piddipat, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Durham Station on October 21.
Third Friday Art Walk & Gallery Crawl
Visit galleries and other art venues downtown and beyond on October 21 and every third Friday of the month! Find a complete list of Third Friday events, and submit your own, at thirdfridaydurham.org.
This month's featured artwork:
Jubilant by Jenny Blazing - acrylic painting incorporating hand-painted original papers, pencil & oil pastel on stretched canvas, 36x36 inches, on view at 5 Points Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St.
BIZ BRIEFS
Biz Briefs highlight important information for businesses in the Downtown Business Improvement District. Items are curated by the DDI Director of Business Engagement, Tiffany Bashore. Contact Tiffany for more information about anything included in this section or for assistance, questions or concerns about starting, running or growing a business in downtown Durham.

CAREER CONVERSATIONS: SHARE YOUR STORY WITH DPS STUDENTS
Durham Public Schools is looking for business owners willing to share their career stories with students. Career Conversations are one hour, virtual and a great way for students interested in your field to hear from you directly to learn how you got into the industry. 

Upcoming sessions:
  • Hospitality and Tourism – Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.
  • Health and Wellness – Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.
  • IT and STEM – Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.
 
Someone at DPS will facilitate the conversation and panelists will be given questions ahead of time.

LAST CHANCE FOR CENTERFEST FEEDBACK
As CenterFest returned last month for the first time in three years, we would love to collect any feedback from businesses to share with the Durham Arts Council. Good or bad, we want to know how best to guide them to make this event beneficial for all of downtown. Please take a moment to take this survey and let us know how CenterFest affected your business.

TRAFFIC REPORT CALENDAR
The Traffic Report Calendar lists events and happenings that may affect foot traffic and/or parking. It includes road closures and major events happening downtown.

Subscribe to the calendar or view it online for the most up-to-date information.

DOWNTOWN VISITORS: September 2022
DDI uses technology that extrapolates the number of unique visitors and visits to downtown based on cell phone data. The figures below include those who remain in the area for a minimum of seven minutes. Residents and employees are removed. The data can be filtered for smaller areas, and comparison figures are available for previous months or years. Contact Rebekah Mixon to request a custom report.

American Tobacco District
237,800
Visits

55,487
Average Week
160,600
Unique Visitors

Friday
Busiest Day
7,927
Visits Per Day

7-8 p.m.
Busiest Hour
Brightleaf District
115,300
Visits

26,903
Average Week
64,300
Unique Visitors

Saturday
Busiest Day
3,843
Visits Per Day

11 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Busiest Hour
Central Park District
158,600
Visits

37,007
Average Week
98,400
Unique Visitors

Saturday
Busiest Day
5,287
Visits Per Day

12-1 p.m.
Busiest Hour
City Center District
181,100
Visits

42,257
Average Week
114,500
Unique Visitors

Saturday
Busiest Day
6,037
Visits Per Day

7-8 p.m.
Busiest Hour
Golden Belt District
45,800
Visits

10,687
Average Week
30,100
Unique Visitors

Saturday
Busiest Day
1,527
Visits Per Day

10-11 p.m.
Busiest Hour
Government Services District
117,100
Visits

27,323
Average Week
71,100
Unique Visitors

Thursday
Busiest Day
3,903
Visits Per Day

10-11 a.m.
Busiest Hour
Warehouse District
68,000
Visits

15,867
Average Week
43,600
Unique Visitors

Friday
Busiest Day
2,267
Visits Per Day

7-8 p.m.
Busiest Hour
HELLO & GOODBYE
The following businesses recently opened or closed in downtown Durham.
HELLO
GOODBYE
Retail: Glass Art
118 W. Parrish St.
Contact: Marta Brassil

Retail: Stationery, Housewares
905 W. Main St.
Contact: Elyse Burns
Restaurant: Seafood
806 W. Main St.
Contact: Matt Kelly
AMBASSADOR STORIES
Fall Ambassador Team Update: September 2022
Erik Nystrom, Clean and Safe Operations Manager

My kids asked me recently what I was going to be for Halloween this year. I thought about it briefly and then told them I was going to be a middle-aged, suburban dad. They pondered that pithy response momentarily and then explained to me that it was probably best if I stayed at the house to hand out candy to all the trick or treaters instead of going with them. My plan worked perfectly.

With Halloween and the winter holidays on the horizon, your Ambassador Team has been focusing on pressure washing sidewalks and curbs throughout downtown. Pressure washing these surfaces is like putting a fresh coat of paint on something; it makes everything look new, clean and fresh.

Also, with the arrival of cooler weather a little earlier than normal, some of the leaves are already starting to fall. We will be out there to get leaves picked up as they fall over the next few weeks. This is the season where we use leaf blowers the most. Please be patient as we work to keep downtown clean and free of leaves that can cause slippery surfaces for pedestrians. 

In addition, the team has been aggressive in removing illicit stickers and posters from surfaces throughout the BID, as there seems to be a much higher volume of these than in past years. We will continue to be vigilant in our response to this form of litter. 

It’s a great time of the year to be outside, and your Ambassador Team is busy keeping it clean and safe for all. 

I’ve included some recent pictures of the team cleaning graffiti and pressure washing sidewalks and walkways. Happy Halloween!
Downtown Durham's dedicated Ambassador Team provides much needed clean and safe services. From sweeping and cleaning the streets, to providing directions for visitors, to jumpstarting car batteries, our ambassadors are here to help. Have questions? Just stop one and ask. Need to submit a service request? Call 919-682-BULL (2855) or submit a request online.

CLEAN AND SAFE STATS
Clean and Safe Service
______________________________________________
Trash Bags Collected
______________________________________________
Graffiti Removed - Paint
______________________________________________
Graffiti Removed - Stickers
______________________________________________
Customer Service (Directions, Battery Jumps, etc.)
______________________________________________
Panhandlers/Outreach/Social Service Referral
______________________________________________
August 2022
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8,650
______________
31
______________
193
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19
______________
20
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MEETINGS & FORUMS
Oct. 17; Nov. 7, 21
Oct. 20; Nov. 10, 22
Regular Meetings: 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: Two Thursdays prior to Council meetings
at 1 p.m.
Oct. 24; Nov. 14, 28
Nov. 7
Regular Meetings: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: 1st Monday at 9 a.m.
Downtown Durham, Inc.
307 W. Main St. • #102
Durham, NC 27701
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