by Locker Room contributor
This was in a Herald-Sun story this morning:
The former U-Haul property was one of two parcels condemned to make way for the construction. The other was a 2.2-acre site occupied by the Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home on Roxboro Street, for which county officials agreed out of court to pay $3.75 million.
It has never been made clear why the county agreed to pay only $1.375 million for the slightly larger former U-Haul property.
It’s not rocket science. Scarborough & Hargett is a black-owned business with a long history in Durham. It is located in an area of town that has historic significance to blacks, and which they feel was decimated by urban renewal in the 1960s. U-Haul is a white-owned large corporation with no votes in Durham.
Why is this so hard?