See Adaptive Reuse In Action In Downtown Durham

See Adaptive Reuse In Action In Downtown Durham

As The New York Times recently noted, downtown Durham was a place best avoided after sundown. But as revitalization has transformed abandoned tobacco factories and former textile nulls into bustling mixed-use properties, the city has been Injected with much-needed life. 'Nowhere is this more evident than Blight leaf Square, which transformed two abandoned tobacco warehouses into a stunning mix of boutique shops and restaurants. The square, which sets up along West Main Street, features a beautiful, flower-filled courtyard and cobblestone walkways, making it a perfect spot for patio dining.

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Then there's the American Tobacco Campus, which offers 1 million square feet of mixed use space in the former American Tobacco headquarters. Signs of the tobacco giant still remain, such as the 200-foot Lucky Strike smokestack and a school-bus sized "Old Bull" billboard that glows in the night. There are also a handful of top-tier restaurants, many of which overlook the man-made "Bull River" that Rows through the center of the complex. The area hosts a number of special events, such as the Music on the Lawn concert series that runs from April till October.

Of course, these are just two spots to explore In Durham's historic downtown. To get the full scope, we recommend taking a self-guided walking tour. Maps with two and four-mile walking guides are available at the Durham Visitor Information Center, (101 E Morgan St.) http://www.durham-nc.com

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