Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New York Times: VISIT DURHAM!

The year is off to an especially good start in the Bull City…
  • NC Central University’s Marching Sound Machine band was in the Rose Parade on New Years Day
  • Smart phone maker HTC is opening an R&D shop at the American Tobacco campus
  • Duke announced that has received a record-setting 29,500 applications for 1,700 freshman class slots
And the big item from January 7th…

The New York Times placed Durham on its list of 41 Places to Visit in 2011…yet another foodie accolade:

A decade ago, downtown Durham was a place best avoided after sundown. But as revitalization has transformed abandoned tobacco factories and former textile mills into bustling mixed-use properties, the city has been injected with much-needed life. In the heart of downtown, a crop of standout restaurants and cafes has recently sprouted… (
CLICK HERE for the article)

This is much more than a prestigious restaurant review. The article is aimed at serious travelers. While Durham is 35th on the list, number 34 is Iraqi Kurdistan
(Safety, history and a warm welcome in a stable corner of Iraq) and numero 36 is Kosovo
(Mountains, medieval architecture and unexpected night life.)

Far be it from me to discourage your trip to Kosovo or Iraq, but you don’t need to renew your passport for a Durham visit. Come for a ballgame and visit our downtown restaurants. It will be an unforgettable trip!