I find this picture particularly poignant - the two boys play on their front lawn while the photographer shoots a picture to decide how much their house is worth in order to tear it down. I mean, imagine how excited the folks at 513 S. Duke were to see this sign go up in front of their house.
The urban renewal 'study area' in Durham was quite large, encompassing essentially the entirety of downtown. While structures taken by urban renewal within the area of the current 'Loop' were selective, few structures were spared in the remainder of the 'study area.'
On the western side of downtown, Duke St. represented the urban renewal border. Structures on the east side of the street were taken, while the western side was not.
This land sat vacant for some period prior to construction of an office building sometime during the 1970s
(Courtesy NC Mutual Archives)
This block is currently a BB&T building - one of my least favorite buildings in downtown because of the huge amount of wasteful surface parking surrounding the entire building.