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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 36 All ages gravitate to the Bull City these days but for millennials it is especially attractive. Durham is ranked the "number one best city" for millennials by, a website targeted at young adults. The study ranked the top 100 cities across the country and took into account jobs, commute times, public transportation, demographics, entertainment and salary. Durham took the top spot, beating out Charlotte (number 5) and Raleigh (number 22). Durham goes by many names these days – "Durhm" or the Bull City will do for most. Whatever the preference there is no denying the transformation in the city's downtown, once a place that no one wanted to be caught in after dark. The sight of cranes and bulldozers has not grown old here and is a reminder of new boutique hotels and rehabbed properties that are attracting leisure and business travelers to Durham. Visitors to Duke University are treated royally at the JB Duke Hotel on the prestigious school's campus. First built in 1989, the original hotel served Duke University's Fuqua School of Business for the Executive MBA students. The recently renovated hotel received Convention South's top award for "new or renovated meeting site" in 2017. DURHAM Durham BY LYNNE BRANDON The Durham Hotel is in the news frequently thanks to the fun, retro décor, rooftop dining experience and eclectic cuisine created by James Beard award winning Chef Andrea Reusing at the in-house restaurant. Sit in mid-century modern furniture for a bit of a "Mad Men" experience. Or try the nearby contemporary 21-C Museum Hotel, that brings art into the space, one of only a few of its brand in the U.S. The newest hotel to rest your head is The Unscripted Hotel transformed from its former life as the Jack Tar Motel (think Howard Johnson). In the heart of downtown it combines the worlds of smoldering funk of the 60s mixed with a modern day creative vibe that defines the new face of Durham. Soon it will show off two restaurants Neomonde Deli and the Jack Tar Diner (by the owners of Pizzeria Toro), along with Pour Taproom that is already open. Don't miss the 7,000-square-foot rooftop deck and pool. Mixed use developments are on the rise – literally. The One City Center is currently being built in the center of Durham's financial, lodging and entertainment districts. The 27-story building will offer residential, office and retail space. The Durham Innovation District (Durham.ID) is a 1.7 million square-foot space being built that will function as a "downtown research hub" in conjunction with Duke University. "Especially important to the innovation district we're building is Durham's inclusive and collaborative spirit, which extends from Duke University and North Carolina Central University to downtown startup hubs and the Research Triangle Park," said Jessica Brock, managing director, Longfellow Real Estate Partners, developer of the Durham.ID. American Underground is a premier accelerator and incubator space and just one of seven Google for Entrepreneur Tech Hubs in North America. "More than 300 startups located downtown attract talent and welcome collaboration, with regular meet ups scheduled and elegant, repurposed co-working spaces available," said Adam Klein, chief strategist, American Underground. "We are proud to foster such spirit at American Underground." A textile mill that once made pouches for Bull Durham tobacco has new life has a LEED-certified complex of apartments, galleries, studios and event space. The restored Golden Belt campus is a hub where galleries and artist studios, a yoga studio and other spaces reside. GB is the largest, all-historic, Gold-certified campus in the Southeast and one of only a handful of LEED-certified options for large office/retail space in the Triangle. On the Third Friday of each month it's a destination for art lovers who gather when artists' studios open to the public and live music, performances, and local cuisine take over. >> growing, incubating and food, food, food

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