Communities in Durham, North Carolina

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"City of Medicine"

Durham is known as “The City of Medicine” because of the number of world-class medical facilities located here. But it’s not all work and no play - Durham also provides a wide variety of entertainment options including the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team, the American Dance Festival and a vibrant and trend setting culinary scene. Durham is well known as a haven for jazz enthusiasts. The Art of Cool Festival is a unique jazz partnership with North Carolina Central University that takes place over two fun-filled days in April. 

Bull City

Durham’s "Bull City" nickname comes from "Bull" Durham Tobacco, produced locally by the Blackwell Tobacco Company. By 1898, when Blackwell Tobacco was purchased by James Duke of the American Tobacco Company, Bull Durham was the most famous trademark in the world. 

Durham offers an appealing variety of ways to work and ways to play. Bull City attracts entrepreneurs in a wealth of innovative tech industries. New ideas abound with a supportive infrastructure such as the American Underground co-working space which is housed in the basement of a former tobacco warehouse in downtown Durham. It provides office space and technology for workers who need an off-site location but don’t want the expense or inflexibility of a lease.

Durham is also a hotbed of culinary creativity and the city is known for having the best mobile food in the state. Food truck rodeos are common and very popular and the menu options are increasingly diverse as well as mouthwateringly appetizing. The city is home to a number of great breweries. The World Beer Festival in October, held in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, has over 150 breweries offering samples. Raising the bar in the performance arts arena, the Durham Performing Arts Center attracts a full calendar of nationally known artists, the city hosts the Durham Blues Festival and Duke University has a prestigious program of unique performing artists.

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