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Thanks for Calling Durham Hip, Vogue. Please Don’t Ruin It for Us. 

According to a Vogue article posted last week, Durham is North Carolina's hippest city. We'll take it, sure, especially considering that the author, Jenn Rice, used to live in Raleigh. But it doesn't escape us that what distinguishes the Bull City in Vogue's eyes is, with some exceptions, kinda bougie.

If you call Durham home—or have ever walked down Main Street with your eyes open—you're probably already aware of everything Vogue has to share. Highlighted in the piece are the updated mid-century Durham Hotel and its restaurant, the artsy 21c Museum Hotel, and The Unscripted, which will be the unfortunate name of the former Jack Tar Motor Lodge on North Corcoran Street once renovations are complete and the hotel reopens this summer. There are also the obligatory shout-outs to Durham's culinary mainstays, including Mateo, Scratch, Piedmont, Saltbox, and Monuts. 

On the one hand, if being hip is just about being new and trendy, then fine, Vogue makes a pretty good case. On the other hand, the things that really set Durham apart, at least to us—its tenacious residents, its scrappy arts scene, its be-you attitude—are the very things that are put at risk when publications like Vogue start calling you hip.

And Vogue isn't the only national outlet to take notice of Durham lately. CNN recently interviewed Durham native and yoga goddess Jessamyn Stanley about her favorite spots in Durham. City council member Jillian Johnson was just profiled by Elle. The city even made a recent cameo in the Marvel universe. Last month, Garden & Gun proclaimed, "Long overshadowed by its sister cities—Raleigh and Chapel Hill—Durham, North Carolina, is coming into its own."

So welcome to the party, guys. Please don't ruin it while you're here.

This article appeared in print with the headline "+BOUGIE AF."

  • The things that make Durham special are the things put at risk when publications like Vogue start calling it hip.

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