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===Culture===
 
===Culture===
Durham has a liberal [http://votingresearch.org/USAstudy.doc] trendy arts culture.  It is an eclectic blend of the high class with an unusual concentration of four star restaurants (part owing to a strange bit of local family history) to trendy cafés on 9th Street, the independent bookstore "the Regulator" which draws famed authors from former secretary of state Madeline Albright to expert on everything John Hodgman.  {{Infobox |Duke vs. UNC
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Durham has a liberal [http://votingresearch.org/USAstudy.doc] trendy arts culture.  It is an eclectic blend of the high class with an unusual concentration of four star restaurants (part owing to a strange bit of local family history) to trendy cafés on 9th Street, the independent bookstore "the Regulator" which draws famed authors from former secretary of state Madeline Albright to expert on everything John Hodgman.  You'll find old hippies, bikers and families in generally happy co-existence.  The area has a very active gay community which stages both a famed regional film festival and an annual pride march.
  
Basketball allegiance isn't bound by city limit in North Carolina. Durham is no exception.
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Politically the area is dominated by Democratic politics [http://www.southnow.org/southnow-publications/nc-datanet/ncdn39.pdf] in an otherwise (nationally) Republican leaning state.
 
 
Simply put, there's no predictor to who roots for whom. For Bull City natives, it comes down to many things: what street you live on, who your parents grew up rooting for, even where you went to elementary school. That said, most Durham basketball fans fall on one side of the Duke/UNC rivalry. Locals are passionate about explaining it. But beware trash talk; everyone from children to the elderly can and will school you. It's religion down here.|}}You'll find old hippies, bikers and families in generally happy co-existence.  The area has a very active gay community which stages both a famed regional film festival and an annual pride march.
 
 
 
Politically the area is dominated by Democratic politics [http://www.southnow.org/southnow-publications/nc-datanet/ncdn39.pdf] in an otherwise (nationally) Republican leaning state. Because of the academic influences of Duke, UNC, NCCU and NC State University, you will easily encounter locals of any possible affiliation or background. It's not uncommon to hobnob with a seemingly random stranger at a Durham bar, only to discover they have a PhD and are international leaders in their field!
 
  
 
The 2010s and post-recession economic recovery brought unprecedented growth to Durham. Along with soaring home prices, a revitalized and thriving downtown, and seemingly countless new restaurants, the city has become an incredibly popular place to live on a national level. A cool factor rivaled by Austin, Nashville and Portland, OR, means it's common to see natives and newbies alike sporting pro-Durham clothing. Both groups will tell you that the Bull City offers what many other locales can't: a mix of blue-collar grit, sophisticated academia, tech-centric innovation and world-class diversity.
 
The 2010s and post-recession economic recovery brought unprecedented growth to Durham. Along with soaring home prices, a revitalized and thriving downtown, and seemingly countless new restaurants, the city has become an incredibly popular place to live on a national level. A cool factor rivaled by Austin, Nashville and Portland, OR, means it's common to see natives and newbies alike sporting pro-Durham clothing. Both groups will tell you that the Bull City offers what many other locales can't: a mix of blue-collar grit, sophisticated academia, tech-centric innovation and world-class diversity.

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