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Old 11-21-2009, 08:08 AM
 
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On two separate evenings this week, I heard gunshots in my Southpoint neighborhood. I thought this was supposed to be one of Durham's "safe" areas?



And while I anticipate someone will defend Durham by saying "this can happen in even the nicest of neighborhoods", I've lived in many other places (big cities too) and have never experienced this - especially several times in one week.
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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I have not spent much time in Durham since being here, but the few times I was there, the thing that was notable was that there is no buffer zone between bad areas and high end homes and rough neighborhoods. You can be standing on one block, with $500,000 homes and walk 1-2 blocks and be in gang land. I've never experienced that close a proximity to a transition before. This can also be seen in areas near downtown Raleigh too. Person St and the streets just behind it are nice, but a block further and its crack dealers, pimps, prostitutes, gang bangers. In most cities, there is a slow and long transition between one extreme to the other, but not the case in Durham.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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I have not spent much time in Durham since being here, but the few times I was there, the thing that was notable was that there is no buffer zone between bad areas and high end homes and rough neighborhoods. You can be standing on one block, with $500,000 homes and walk 1-2 blocks and be in gang land. I've never experienced that close a proximity to a transition before. This can also be seen in areas near downtown Raleigh too. Person St and the streets just behind it are nice, but a block further and its crack dealers, pimps, prostitutes, gang bangers. In most cities, there is a slow and long transition between one extreme to the other, but not the case in Durham.
Yes, in Central Durham, not the Southpoint area.

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On two separate evenings this week, I heard gunshots in my Southpoint neighborhood. I thought this was supposed to be one of Durham's "safe" areas?



And while I anticipate someone will defend Durham by saying "this can happen in even the nicest of neighborhoods", I've lived in many other places (big cities too) and have never experienced this - especially several times in one week.
Well it can and does happen everywhere, yes including Raleigh and Cary too. So I am not sure what kind of answer you are looking for? I'm sorry you heard gunshots. I heard them when living in Wilmington and it scared me, b/c I knew living in the city those were different gunshots I heard growing up in Northern Durham County. It is a safer part of town, but again things CAN happen anywhere.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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I have lived in "Southpoint/Durham Neighborhood" for 4 years now and have never heard a gunshot. The only "shooting" I hear on a regular basis are nail guns with all the construction happening in this area.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:38 AM
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I expect two sets of gunshots in a week does qualify as one of Durham's nicest neighborhoods. Face it the place is a pit...losing ground every day.

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Old 11-21-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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I am not sure exactly where you are or if there are any wildnerss areas around. One possibility is that blackpowder season has started. Those firearms are very loud when compared to a cartridge firearm.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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I have lived in "Southpoint/Durham Neighborhood" for 4 years now and have never heard a gunshot. The only "shooting" I hear on a regular basis are nail guns with all the construction happening in this area.
Also when the cable goes out it there is a loud pop that can sound like a gun.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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I expect two sets of gunshots in a week does qualify as one of Durham's nicest neighborhoods. Face it the place is a pit...losing ground every day.

lln

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Old 11-21-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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I am not sure exactly where you are or if there are any wildnerss areas around. One possibility is that blackpowder season has started. Those firearms are very loud when compared to a cartridge firearm.
Like I said, I am in Southpoint. Would Cheesecake Factory or Petco qualify as "wilderness areas"?
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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Like I said, I am in Southpoint. Would Cheesecake Factory or Petco qualify as "wilderness areas"?
Is that where you heard the gunshots? Are you sure you heard gunshots? I assume you have firearms training so you know exactly what they sound like Anyway, there are some more rural areas right near there, and there have been plenty of times I thought I heard gunshots to find out it was construction noise. Maybe they are using those .22 caliber construction hammers over at Toll Brothers.
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