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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Meet a city of tremendous contrasts. Much of what you'll find in the Bull City did not exist a decade ago. Other parts remain unchanged over half a century—or more. Amid the economic and intellectual engines of Duke University and Research Triangle Park, a mosaic of historic neighborhoods hold nearly 200 years of history. While not everything in Durham's past has been rosy, the city has endured as a place for all walks of life to coexist. Durhamites are intensely proud: of their barbecue, their basketball (fact: you will find just as many UNC fans here as Duke die-hards) and their resilience. For many decades, it was not an easy place to live and the butt of much ridicule in the eyes of other North Carolinians. Durham got the last laugh, though, as the city now stands as a Southeastern mecca of culture, food and innovation.
 
 
It's a place unlike any other, where cigarettes and curing warehouses gave way to computers and start-up incubators—all under the looming presence of an academic powerhouse.
 
 
 
Durham owes much of its wealth and history to tobacco.  Through the second half of the 19th Century, Washington Duke and his family grew from a single farm into American Tobacco, which controlled 90% of all cigarette production for the United States.  The Duke family donated money to Trinity College, which in 1924 was renamed Duke University.
 
Durham owes much of its wealth and history to tobacco.  Through the second half of the 19th Century, Washington Duke and his family grew from a single farm into American Tobacco, which controlled 90% of all cigarette production for the United States.  The Duke family donated money to Trinity College, which in 1924 was renamed Duke University.
  

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