City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager

August 2, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 25

Note from Tom


Placemaking at the Durham Police Headquarters & Emergency Communications Center

On Tuesday, three vibrant works of public art were unveiled and celebrated at the Durham Police Department’s Placemaking at HeadquARTers event. Each of the three pieces – Woven Shield, Sewing Peace, and Culture of Transparency – uniquely express themes of common threads and the weaving together of ethnicities and cultural traditions. In addition to adding visual interest to the space, the art is intended to spark conversation around justice, peace, and community connections.

Incorporating public art at the new Durham Police Headquarters and Emergency Communications Center creates a welcoming space that reflects the character of Durham and encourages positive engagement between law enforcement and the community. The selection process for the art was a community-wide effort that included feedback from diverse resident groups, police and 911 staff, the Cultural Advisory Board Public Art Subcommittee, and Public Art Community Engagement Sessions led by Durham Technical Community College.

The final result is truly worth seeing in person, and we hope you will find an opportunity to visit the new headquarters, admire the new art, and reflect on its meaning.

Learn more about the works and the process.

City of Durham News


GoDurham Seeks Feedback on Proposed Service Changes

After reviewing travel markets and existing ridership patterns, and gathering public input, GoDurham has created a new short-range transit plan that should improve the reliability, on-time performance, and passenger experience on GoDurham routes. They are currently seeking feedback on the changes through August 19. Learn more.

Durham Begins Construction Project to Repair Arnette Avenue

Beginning on August 7, Arnette Avenue between Yancey Street and Parker Street will be closed to through traffic to repair a compromised stormwater pipe. The work is expected to take between three-to-four weeks depending on weather conditions, and will remain closed until the work is complete. This area will be open to local traffic only, and on-street parking will not be available during this timeframe. Learn more.

Here We Grow NC Article: Encouraging Economic Stability in Historic Northeast Central Durham

Learn how the City of Durham developed a streetscape improvement project and public-private partnership to encourage economic investment and revitalization in this historic business district. The project has improved quality of life for residents and created opportunity for local, minority-owned businesses. Learn more.

Photo Highlight


Woven Shield sculpture on display outside of the police headquarters

New Public Art on Display at Police Headquarters & 911 Center

Community members can now view three new works of art at the Durham Police Headquarters and Emergency Communications Center at 602 E. Main St. Picture above: Culture of Transparency (top) by Durham artist David Wilson, and Woven Shield (bottom left) and Sewing Peace (bottom right) both by RE:site artist team Norman Lee and Shane Albritton.

Upcoming Events



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National Night Out 2019

Tuesday, August 6
Various times and locations throughout Durham

Be a part of community-building in Durham on National Night Out, an opportunity to strengthen relationships between neighbors and law enforcement. The Durham Police Department has 91 neighborhoods registered to participate. Find out what is happening in your community by contacting your neighborhood association or calling 919-560-4322. Learn more.

Planning Department Hosts First 'Ask a Planner' Session

Tuesday, August 13
Interested in land use changes and other items being heard by the Durham Planning Commission and ultimately City Council and Durham County Commissioners? Now you can get answers to your questions during new, monthly ‘Ask a Planner’ sessions beginning August 13. Learn more.


Join the City of Durham for #CityHallSelfie Day

Thursday, August 15
Show your pride for the City of Durham during this worldwide celebration of local government. Take a selfie in front of Durham City Hall and post it to social media with the tags @CityofDurhamNC, @ELGL50, and #CityHallSelfie. Learn more.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network


New City Life Episode: Mayor’s Council on Women Completes First Year

The Mayor’s Council for Women has a lofty mission – to improve the opportunities and quality of life of women in Durham. In this new City Life episode, Host Beverly B. Thompson sits down with Chair Nida Allam and Vice Chair Gloria De Los Santos to hear what they accomplished in their inaugural year and to find out what they’re working on for the year ahead. 
Host Beverly Thompson interviews her guests Nida Allam and Gloria De Los Santos

Stay Current with Our Durham-Focused Shows

The Durham Television Network produces four shows to help keep residents informed.

Follow the City of Durham YouTube channel to see the latest episodes, or watch on Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber Channel 8, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and Frontier channel 70.

Durham Water Works for You


Buchanan Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.


Week of August 5:

  • Shepherd Street will have traffic lane and sidewalk closures between W. Chapel Hill Street and Jackson Street to accommodate waterline installation and pavement repairs.
  • Buchanan Boulevard will have southbound lane closures between W. Main Street and W. Chapel Hill Street.
  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate sanitary sewer investigations and rehabilitation.
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of August 5:

  • Madison Avenue will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as sanitary sewer work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 
Water Tip of the Week: Our summer thunderstorms might be brief, but they can be helpful in the landscape. Use a rain gauge to measure rainfall (and irrigation output). This simple tool gives you a general idea of how much water has hit the soil, which will limit how often you find yourself reaching for the hose or sprinkler.

Stay Connected with Durham Information Network


Durham Information Network is the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Follow our channels to stay engaged and informed, including Durham Television Network, the City Manager’s Report and the Citizens’ Newsletter.


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Social Spotlight

Our General Services team is on point with the flowers that surround our City Hall. Follow us on Intagram @CityofDurhamNC.

Screenshot of Instagram post shows red flowers blooming outside City Hall

Durham One Call is Here to Help


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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service. Let us know how we can help you.

  • Call 919-560-1200
  • Use the One Call App 24/7
  • Visit the website
  • Stop by the City Hall lobby desk at 101 City Plaza Hall, M-F between 8-5

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