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O MANY OF MY WALKS AROUND DOWNTOWN DURHAM lately have led me to play a game and quiz myself on all that’s taking shape. What’s slated for the new Unscripted Hotel’s retail space? (Answer: Pour Taproom – open now – plus Neomonde and the Jack Tar Diner. The folks who brought you Pizzeria Toro and Littler are opening the diner.) What’s going on next to the DBAP? (Answer: Northwood Ravin is developing the Van Alen and 555 Mangum buildings. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2018, they feature more than 300 apartment units and 245,000 square feet of office space.) What’s the deal with the Durham Innovation District? (Answer: Construction got underway in March. Two seven-story office buildings – one of which has been pre-leased to Duke Clinical Research Institute – will bring about 350,000 square feet of office, research, retail and restaurant space to land at the corner of Morris and Hunt streets, which was previously a parking lot.) Yes, Durham is certainly changing. Our city’s star continues to rise. Exciting times, for sure. And, as I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, this magazine has changed a bit as well. This issue marks the introduction of our new look – something fresher, more easily digestible for people facing time constraints (because who isn’t?), more in tune with our changing population and current landscape. We’re bringing more family-focused content to you (page 54) because Durham is turning into an even more amazing place to raise kids. We’re going to stay on top of the real estate market (page 50) because it’s hot, hot, hot and shows no signs of cooling off. And we’re committed to asking the big questions – like, “What does Durham’s future look like?” (Our cover story starts on page 14) – because it seems you can’t even grab a cup of coffee without overhearing a deep and pride-bursting conversation about where we’ve been and where we’re going. Within our offices, we talk all the time about how fortunate we are to be the magazine of and for Durham. Not only because we get to live here, but because we get to publish really exciting content as a direct result of living and working in North Carolina’s – and arguably the South’s – hottest city. And the rise continues.
Rory Kelly Gillis 4