Forced to relocate due to the DPD HQ move, Bull City Ciderworks turns to Kickstarter for funding

I’ve mentioned the new DPD HQ site near Golden Belt a few times now, and as that plan moves forward the existing tenants will need to move on. One such tenant, Bull City Ciderworks, has launched a kickstarter project to fund its own move away from the site.

The Ciderworks has developed a solid following, and prior to the DPD HQ site decision they appeared well positioned to anchor a general revitalization of the area. It’s not clear where they intend to relocate, only noting on the Kickstarter project page that they’ve already targeted several locations.

Again, I’ve got to give a wag of the finger to the city for the selection of this site for the DPD HQ. There was a lot of potential for creative reuse here, and businesses like the Ciderworks could have just been the tip of the iceberg.

In more DPD HQ news, councilman Don Moffitt is encouraging consideration of the project’s impact on the streetscape as the city prepares to hire an architectural firm. Faceless government facilities tend to really stifle surrounding development, and given that the DPD HQ is coming, it’s at least somewhat reassuring that the council is thinking of ways to integrate it into the site in a minimally disruptive way.

[Insert something about snow]

I’ve lived near the triangle my entire life, and the worst snow I’ve ever seen was back in 2000 when I lived in Raleigh. 20 inches in one day according to that thing (although I don’t remember it being that much).

Anyway, now we’re staring down 8 inches overnight. That’s a lot of snow in such a small period of time, maybe even more per hour than the snow in 2000. So it’s pretty much safe to say that schools (which close when the roads are wet) will be closed, like, forever.

For a long time I laughed at how unprepared the state was to deal with snow and how quickly everything shut down. The last couple of weeks, though, have stopped being funny. Let’s hope that spring decides to show up soon.

I think I’m going to order some Heavenly Buffaloes tonight, because god knows when the snow will melt and I’ll get another chance.

The state of the city…

… is cold.

Mayor Bell gave his own “State of the City” speech last night, and there isn’t really much for me to discuss from its contents since they’re mostly things I’ve written about before. There was one minor surprise, though: the mayor’s ability to drop thirty year old cultural references.

Accolades that show that Durham’s future is bright…so bright, in fact, that we just might need shades.

Way to keep it hip with the youths, Mister Mayor. Mitt Romney would be impressed.

Chefs from Mateo, Nana’s, and Scratch are 2015 James Beard Award semi-finalists

I just spotted the list of nominees for the prestigious culinary award over at WRAL. I had to double check that I wasn’t looking at last year’s nominees, seeing as how two of the Durham chefs are repeats from last year:

  • Best chef in the southeast: Scott Howell of Nana’s
  • Best chef in the southeast: Matt Kelly of Mateo
  • Best pastry chef: Phoebe Lawless of Scratch

I can personally vouch for the quality of all three of these establishments. Check ‘em out.

That’s not snow, you guys

You might find it odd that the state would shut down after what appears to be about an inch of snow. But this isn’t snow: it’s ice. And ice sucks.

Really, wait for the plows if you can. Yes, some people can drive on ice just fine, but a few people who don’t know what they’re doing can mess things up for everybody else.

I suspect most schools will close again on Wednesday. Enjoy the forced vacation!