Hey it's Courtney again. In honor of our last few days in Durham, NC, our question of the week is “What about Durham?” Three simple words with such a long and complicated answer. This goes back to our discussion from last week, when we considered the dangers of a single story. To answer the question of what about Durham simply would be chalking it up to a single story. Durham is a city of rich history and a promising future. It is a city of economic growth and various socioeconomic statuses. It is a city with nice neighborhoods, not so nice neighborhoods, a top 10 universities, and everything in between. This is not nearly close enough to a full description of the city, but it’s an important start. The language of this description is important in preserving all that is Durham. It is not this or that, but rather this and that. People are quick to focus solely on the parts of Durham that support whatever argument they’re trying to make. “Let’s go to Durham it has an interesting downtown with great eateries” can sometimes be as detrimental as “Let’s avoid Durham because of all the crime” if the positive “side” of Durham is thought to be just that, a different, “better” side of Durham. No part of Durham is entirely good, and no part is entirely bad, and Durham cannot be boiled down into one adjective. So “what about Durham”? Why choose to spend your summer in Durham NC? After these past six weeks, summer of 2013 which I also spent in Durham, and the three years I have spent here as a student I’ve come to my own personal conclusion. As the saying goes “you learn something new everyday”, and with the city that’s entirely true. Everyday spent in Durham you find something new about the city, whether it be a fact, restaurant, start-up, new housing development, etc. Durham is the gift that keeps on giving, and that’s what I personally find so fascinating and enthralling about the city.