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Challenges of Urban Revitalization: Lessons from Charleston and Durham


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Join Duke’s Policy Bridge for a discussion on the challenges of revitalizing cities with former mayor of Charleston Joe Riley and Durham mayor Bill Bell. Durham and Charleston have many things in common. Both are continuously growing hubs for entertainment and development. In 2016, both cities topped Business Insiders “24 Best Places to Live in the South.” This accolade was accomplished by much of the work Riley and Bell set out to do in their multiyear leadership of both cities. But this progress is not without its challenges. Both have contentious legacies of classism and racism and are still contending with these issues in their urban renaissance. Joe Riley, one of America’s longest-serving mayors, will give a talk about lessons learned from the forty years he presided over a changing city. Together with mayor Bill Bell, Riley will explore what these challenges mean for their cities in a conversation moderated by public policy professor Fritz Mayer.

This event is also part of a yearlong celebration of the Terry Sanford Centennial. Details: www.sanford.duke.edu. Information for parking at the Sanford School can be found here http://sanford.duke.edu/about-us/our-location/directions Contact: policybridge@duke.edu

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604