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Can Durham’s $95M Proposed Affordable Housing Bond Protect Low-Income Residents?

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The redevelopment of downtown Durham fuels increasing housing and property costs in the city.

Durham is one of a number of North Carolina cities that have experienced rapid growth in the last decade.

Its downtown core is teeming with new businesses, and the mixed-use One City Center now towers over the city's landscape. As the community shifts, Durham has laid out an ambitious, and expensive, plan to curb displacement and gentrification.

The $95 million affordable housing bond will be on the ballot at the next municipal election on Nov. 5. The plan touts the construction of 1,600 new affordable housing units; the preservation of 800 affordable rental units; and 400 affordable home ownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers. Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC Data Reporter Jason deBruyn about the details of the bond and the political tension over the plan.
 

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team. She's currently filling in as the station's digital news editor.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.