Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Neighbors on Ottawa!

A big Cleveland-Holloway WELCOME to andee and Dylan! They recently purchased 405 Ottawa and are in the process of moving in over the next couple of weeks.

Dylan and I have been trying to buy an historic renovated home (or one needing renovation) for the past couple months-- focusing on East Durham and Cleveland-Holloway. We have been blown away by the depth and amazing diversity of Durham history, which pretty much started the night we watched a documentary about Black Wall-Street, the Dukes, Bull City Durham, and the tobacco industry. We are avid supporters and have tried to get involved with local initiatives to preserve and revive the spirit of neighborhoods such as Cleveland-Holloway and East Durham.

andee currently works at a clinic as a health care assistant. She is also a certified birth doula and trained childbirth educator. She is becoming a midwife. She also works with herbs.

Dylan is a program manager. He oversees certain statewide and local initiatives that work towards the actualization of "Environmental Policies" and reform on a local, state and federal level. These policy changes affect cultural attitudes and, on a broader scale, community health care reform surrounding the issue of underage drinking and its effects on brain development, particularly of the frontal lobe.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Home Tour Rocked!

It also kinda baked, but at least it wasn't raining. Instead, the sun was shining last Saturday morning as neighbors finished last minute yard work, house cleaning, plant arranging, and Matt Dukek of 502 Mallard Ave. -- the tour's starting point -- hammered the "Cleveland-Holloway" sign into the ground at the intersection of Oakwood, Mallard, and Queen.

The Second Annual Cleveland-Holloway Neighborhood Tour of Homes began auspiciously with a preview article by Jim Wise in the N&O's Durham News, which focused on the Holloway St. Historic District expansion and restoration taxes, and gave our own Ken Gasch an opportunity to use the word "pantyhose" in the printed media.

The crowds began arriving on
Mallard Ave. promptly at 12:59pm, and remained pretty steady throughout the day, with a couple hundred folks having visited with us by the time the temperature was just barely starting to come down. Friends of C-H Freddie and Heather featured a nice post on Freddie's Bull City Bungalow blog, including a Flickr link to their photos of the day.

The fun then moved to the after-party, where neighbors, visitors, and friends hung out, and the sun set on a very weary, beery, and well-contented Cleveland-Holloway. Thanks for hosting, Leslie and Maria - your house is amazing!

The full contents of the Home Tour Booklet , with images and descriptions of all 17 properties included in the tour, are available online. Thank you so much to everyone who took out an ad, participated in the tour, donated time and/or resources, and came out to see the houses and meet our neighbors. A big ol' thanks to Triangle Brewing Company for their generous donation for the after party!

Here are a few images from the after-party-to-beat-all-after parties (until next year!).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

REMINDER: Neighborhood Meeting Tonight

Hi neighbors! Don't forget to come out to the Cleveland-Holloway neighborhood meeting TONIGHT at the main public library, 7pm.

Main discussion:
1. What do we want our ClevelandHollowayNeighborhood listserve to be used for and who do we want on it?
2. How can we keep our neighborhood affordable to own and rent?
3. How can we best share responsibility for maintaining the neighborhood organization?

Trosa Dorm on Elizabeth Street
Historic District expansion
Neighborhood checking account

Ideas from your neighbors...
Dog Park on Roxboro lot the city owns (Ken Gasch, Jennifer Deer)
Permanent Sign for the neighborhood (Frank Pokrass)
Neighborhood cleanup and more public trash cans (Frank Pokrass)
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (Matt Dudek)
Introductions of city or elected officials (Frank Pokrass)

If you have time, please take a few moments to remind your internet-less neighbors to come along - everyone has received notice about the meeting (thank you to folks who went door to door!), but as we know, it's easy to forget.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Neighborhood Home Tour this Saturday, June 13

Saturday, June 13. 1-4pm

Get ready for a little Cleveland-Holloway hospitality! Visit historic homes in various stages of renovation, modern condos convenient to downtown, beautiful gardens, converted warehouse space, and join us for the neighborhood after-party!

Tour Starting Point: 502 Mallard Ave. a 1911 Folk Victorian Tri-Gable. Home of Jessie Gladin-Kramer, Matt Dudek, and Cleveland the dog.

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