But local downtowns are swelling as well--and with some folks you might not expect.
This week, we take a look at some of the things that lure locals in from the 'burbs.
A wide-open loft presents design challenges...and opportunities.
By Cara Galati
A couple of boomers leave their ranch house and fall in love with downtown Durham
By Anne Moscrip
Wootini, Carrboro's purveyor of plush and vinyl art toys
By Grayson Currin
Why organizing is the new clutter
By Sally Hicks