“A word to the wise: Do not lump Raleigh and Durham together when speaking with the locals.

Talk to a booster of Raleigh, the North Carolina state capital, and they’ll sing the praises of a local economy fueled in part by the state government and medical industry, complemented by institutions such as the free North Carolina Museums of Natural Science, Art and History and, as of this summer, the world’s largest beer garden.  Drive 25 minutes northwest to Durham and you’ll find a downtown area reinventing itself from its tobacco- and textile-industry past to develop a thriving culinary, arts and entertainment scene fueled in part by dozens of local startups.”

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