At the center of Durham, North Carolina, is an area known as the Durham Loop. This is the downtown area at the heart of the city, but there was a time when some questioned if the heart was still beating. As is the case with many cities, the downtown area had experienced a decline as new development slowed and moved to outlying areas. But the city has experienced substantial development in recent years, including the revitalization of the American Tobacco Campus and the building of the Durham Performing Arts Center. There is a vibrant scene of independently owned restaurants in the downtown area, and events like the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and a number of other arts activities draw people there. So things seem to be looking up for Durham as the city gains attention as a thriving urban environment. This photo documentary takes a look at the streets of downtown Durham.

Jordan Montgomery relocated from Seattle, Washington, to Durham, North Carolina, about a year ago. On Jordan’s first visit to downtown Durham, he found himself fascinated with the cityscape and was compelled to document and share what he had witnessed with others through making photographs. He has studied photography extensively; he has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Jordan Montgomery earned the Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in December 2011.

Read more about the fall 2011 Certificate in Documentary Arts graduates and their projects at cdsporch.org/archives/9595 .

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