This past weekend was the Durham Art Walk, which featured a gallery showing in the recently renovated Golden Belt complex. I had been to this site on the Eastern edge of downtown a week before, but everything was closed on a Sunday. Upon my return visit, I was pleased to find not just the gallery space, but about 35 artist studios with working artists. The complex also features living spaces and office space.
The people inhabiting this space are definitely on the bleeding edge of downtown revitalization. They are in a bubble totally unconnected to rest of the area. There is not even a grocery store anywhere nearby. For a complete history of the complex, go to Endangered Durham, one of my favorite sites about the history of Durham.