Over the last ten years, Durham, North Carolina (a.k.a. “the Bull City”) has undergone a transformation referred to as “the Durham Renaissance.” One particular area of development is the American Tobacco Historic District. Once a thriving center for the manufacture of such products as Lucky Strike cigarettes and Bull Durham tobacco, the American Tobacco District has been repurposed into a thriving hub for businesses, entertainment, housing and cuisine.
Each year, the Lucky Strike water tower on the America Tobacco campus is lit for Christmas. This year’s lighting (which occurred on December 5th) marked the 10th year of this tradition. From various points in the city—from the DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park—the tower (lit and unlit) stands as a reminder of the Bull City’s past and its unfolding future.