Through good and bad times, one of the things that make the American experience unique is our mobility. Whether it is migration from one region of the country to another or economic mobility, Americans are always on the move. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country, was heralded by Horace Greeley in the 19th century, and there have been similar waves through much of our history. More recently, Florida, and other southern states were prime destinations for snow weary Boomers.
Like so many US urban neighborhoods, Durham’s Ninth Street district is an eclectic neighborhood that is in transition. Locally owned restaurants and retail shops have begun to disappear; in their place are large, expensive, multi-family rental housing with all the trappings that one would expect from high end luxury Single Family Homes such as stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. There’s even a Harris-Teeter Supermarket serving fresh salads, sushi, Starbucks and more. Continue reading Durham’s Ninth (9th) Street District