Residents question Ninth Street's future

April 21, 2012 9:00:00 PM PDT
Construction is underway on a new development along Ninth Street in Downtown Durham.

Ninth Street is situated right on the edge of Duke's campus. It's where many students and other Durham residents shop, eat, and socialize all on one city block. Some told us they hope that the new construction doesn't change the feel of the famed street.

"I can see people wanting to capitalize on the environment that the community's built here. I don't know what that would do to Ninth Street and the neighborhood vibe," Duke alumna Dorothy Lou Bailey said.

Building has begun on apartments and commercial space to take over an empty lot that once sat beside Erwin Square. Now more shops, a hotel, and a grocery store could add up to parking challenges and the eventual loss of smaller, familiar businesses.

"Hopefully our old favorites will still be here in five, 10, 15, 20 years from now," Bailey said.

Time will tell as a more densely populated Ninth Street neighborhood takes shape over the next coming months.

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