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'Asbestos Town:' A Community Conversation

This WFAE community conversation takes a look at what's happening with asbestos removal in Davidson, North Carolina and the possibility for redevelopment at the old Linden Mill.

WFAE's series, "Asbestos Town," investigates the history of asbestos in Davidson, the attempts to renovate the mill and how contamination in the historically Black neighborhood nearby has stirred up old tensions.

Watch this community conversation about what's happening with asbestos removal and the possibility for redevelopment at the old Linden Mill.


  • Rusty Knox, mayor of Davidson
  • Mark Miller, developer
  • Linda Reinstein, president of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
  • Rosalia Polanco, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student and 2018 Davidson College graduate who has researched the environmental justice aspects of Davidson's asbestos issue

Moderator:David Boraks, WFAE's environmental reporter and host of Asbestos Town

Read the three-part series, listen to a one-hour special or find resources to see exactly where the asbestos contamination is in Davidson and surrounding communities. Also see our archive of stories about asbestos contamination in the town.