Becky pointed me to this map of Durham in 1937, pointing out which neighborhoods have been segregated. Durham in the present day is notorious for having very, very nice neighborhoods right next to very poor neighborhoods without much in the way of transitional area. What I found most interesting is how closely the map ties into my 2004-2012 ideas of dodgy neighborhoods: Walltown north of Duke East Campus is clearly visible; as is the neighborhood east of Duke's West Campus and around Maplewood Cemetery; Forest Hills is white but adjacent St. Theresa's is black, which persists to this day and the somewhat controversial destruction of a pedestrian bridge between the two neighborhoods in 2010 or so; and East Durham as a whole more than West Durham. A good object lesson that things change more slowly than we believe--or not at all.

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