605 East Main, the Womble Pharmacy, looking northeast.
Looking north on South Elizabeth, prior to the urban renewal demolition of the structures on the north side of East Main., ~1970
(Courtesy Durham County Library)
These structures were all demolished by the city in the late 1960s, using urban renewal funds. Elizabeth St., as noted, was re-routed to the east to connect with the re-routed Fayetteville St.
I believe that this was playground space for the public housing complexes to the north and west (Liberty St. apartments and Oldham Towers). By the late 90s, it was empty green space.
In 2005, another investment of Federal funds brought about the construction of new apartments on this block through the HOPE VI program.
Looking northeast, 2007.
Looking northwest, 2007.