320 HOLLOWAY STREET / WATKINS & JOYNER GROCERY

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320 HOLLOWAY STREET / WATKINS & JOYNER GROCERY

320
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1910-1935
/ Demolished in
1970
Construction type: 
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Neighborhood: 
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  • Tue, 09/06/2011 - 2:08pm by gary

Location

35° 59' 41.6364" N, 78° 53' 43.3716" W

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320
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1910-1935
/ Demolished in
1970
Construction type: 
,
Neighborhood: 
,
Type: 
Use: 

 

As we move east of Roxboro, we move out of a transitional area and into the neighborhood of the East End / Cleveland-Holloway as it existed until the late 1960s.

The 300 block of Holloway demonstrated the mix of houses sizes and styles typical of parts of the Cleveland-Holloway neighborhood, along with a mix of residential and commercial uses typical of earlier neighborhoods.


320 Holloway, 1963 - the southwest corner of North Queen St. and Holloway - the Watkins and Joyner corner grocery

These houses were demolished by the city in the late 1960s via urban renewal. Queen St. was closed between Liberty and Holloway, and this land became the large surface parking lot for the library.


Looking south-southwest from the intersection of Queen and Holloway, 2007.

This to me, demonstrates not only what has been lost through the city's demolition, but what the neighborhood wants now - small houses, large houses, a corner grocery. This is what gives the neighborhood's fight so much depth for me - because the neighborhood had these things. I don't believe that the city has a responsibility to re-create that environment; but I do think it should recognize its culpability in creating many of the problems that the neighborhood has faced for the last 40 years - and it should not take actions that stymie the efforts of the residents to fix those mistakes.

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