Durham Keeps Getting It Right

Post date: Apr 4, 2012 12:27:32 AM

I just saw the promo video for the newest building in the American Tobacco District in Durham, North Carolina, and I’m glad to see that Durham continues to get urban development right in terms of scale, sensibility, and economic value.

If you aren’t familiar with it, the American Tobacco District is a nice mix of adaptive reuse (old tobacco buildings), high-quality activity centers (the Durham Bulls ballpark and a new performing arts center), attractive new buildings, and a beautiful walkable setting. Not surprisingly, the area is a magnet for cutting-edge knowledge-based businesses in a region where they are already prolific.

Durham is one of my favorite cities and just seems to keep getting better, one building and one block at a time.