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'Storymakers: Durham' Exploring Gentrification In Durham

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Is gentrification good or bad? It’s a topic in almost every American city, including those in the Triangle.


Jamila Davenport, 39, is African-American and has lived most of her life in Durham. To explore her own doubts about the rapid development of her hometown, Davenport recorded conversations with two people she knows – both lifelong Durham residents, one white, and one black. The conversations didn’t go exactly as Davenport had expected.

Davenport is one of the citizen storytellers in the Storymakers: Durham project.

WUNC is one of 15 stations across the country chosen to be a part of the innovative public media project called Localore: Finding America.  The project is being put together by theAssociation of Independents in Radioand is funded in large part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


The project is produced by John Biewen, a producer with theCenter for Documentary Studies at Duke University and host of theScene on Radio podcast. The project will explore the things that bring us together and divide us as a community, like race, class and faith.

Find out more and submit a written story of your own

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