Upstate leaders drawn to Durham’s focus

“For years, the city of Durham has been teeming with aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs looking for spaces to grow their businesses.

In 2010, their call was answered with the founding of American Underground, a low-cost month-to-month rental office and co-working space for startups and budding companies.

“American Underground was a solution to solve the real estate problem for entrepreneurs because traditional leases didn’t work for entrepreneurs,” said Phillipe Charles, director of communications and member experience with American Underground. “We wanted to create a center of gravity for the entrepreneurial community and not just Durham, but the (Research Triangle) as a whole.”

The need for a strong entrepreneurial region was one thing that stood out for dozens of upstate South Carolina business, government, education and nonprofit leaders visiting the Raleigh-Durham region Wednesday.”



GoTriangle says Durham-Orange light-rail train might drop you off here, too

“A proposed change to the $2.5 billion Durham-Orange Light-Rail Transit plan could make it easier for people to hop the train to dinner and a show in downtown Durham.

GoTriangle is studying how to add a 19th station to the 17.7-mile light-rail line in front of the Durham Perfoming Arts Center, project manager Danny Rogers said.

The public can learn more about the light-rail project on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Durham and Thursday, Sept. 28, in Chapel Hill. The planned route would connect UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with Duke and N.C. Central universities in Durham.”

Read more in the Herald Sun.


NC Getaways: American Tobacco Historic District in Durham

“The American Tobacco Historic District in Durham carries a rich history that dates back to the 1800s, when Washington Duke created an incredibly successful company that came to be known as the American Tobacco Company. Today, the site of the old American Tobacco Company continues its success as a large compound that houses numerous restaurants, residential and commercial buildings, a barber shop, and a full service salon and spa as well as various arts centers. At the American Tobacco Historic District, there is much to see and experience.”

Read more at VacationIdea//Dream Vacation Magazine.


DPAC reveals its new $1.8 million renovated look

“In the last nine years, the Durham Performing Arts Center has sold out hundreds of shows. More than 3.5 million patrons have attended events at the venue.

To keep the theater in top form, it was time for a renovation. “So many fans are so supportive of the DPAC that the seats have seen many people and the carpet has. So, we decided we probably needed to replace them sooner rather than later,” said Rachel Traversari with the DPAC.

Normally, the wear and tear that would take 15 years only took nine at the DPAC.”



The Sportiest Cities in America

“The United States is a take-action kind of country. We don’t just go out in the great outdoors, we conquer it. We don’t just root for our sports teams, we take to the streets when they win. And we don’t just “pursue leisure activities,” we hike, bike, swim, surf, scale, kayak, zip-line, and occasionally even heli-ski.

This is the spirit behind our most recent analysis in Metrogrades, our research-backed ranking of America’s 100 top cities based on a careful selection of criteria.”

Read more in Men’s Health.


Power Plant Gallery’s ‘Reflections Within the Transitioning Grid’ combines technology with nature

“When you read the title “Reflections Within the Transitioning Grid,” an image undoubtedly forms within your mind—of mirrored surfaces, perhaps, or of the countless “reflection” papers your seminar professors have surely assigned throughout the course of your study. For me, the title invoked a sense of curiosity. Grid as in electricity? Grid as an artistic element? As in what modern cities are built on? I would soon learn that the interpretations I dreamt up all spoke to one of the fundamental themes of the exhibit: change. “

Read more in the Cronicle.