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The east side of Ninth Street: genuine Durham

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The snow had nearly melted in Durham, and the warmth lured people to the benches and chairs along Ninth Street. 

On a bench in front of Market Street coffee, I overhead a two college women discussing whether it is safe for Duke and UNC students to travel to rival turf to watch a basketball game. Near Dain's Place, people prayed at a table before eating their lunch. And outside the Ox & Rabbit, a man playing a Fender Squire guitar through a tiny amp.  

A man played a Fender Squire guitar in front of the Ox & Rabbit
  • A man played a Fender Squire guitar in front of the Ox & Rabbit


I peeked around the corner where a copper frog stands in front of Native Threads. There, a man rested, content to be quiet and bask in the sun.

Ninth Street, Durham - ALL PHOTOS BY LISA SORG
  • All photos by Lisa Sorg
  • Ninth Street, Durham


Inside Hunky Dory, a classic record store/head shop, a patron listened on headphones to We're Only In It for the Money, an album by the Mothers of Invention, released on March 4, 1968.
Inside Hunky Dory, a patron listened to the Mothers of Invention, and later, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy
  • Inside Hunky Dory, a patron listened to the Mothers of Invention, and later, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy

It reminded me of how Ninth Street is changing: The east side of Ninth is strikingly different from the mega-development and national franchises on the west side that are changing the essence of the street: quintessential Durham, funky, a little gritty and (almost) without pretense.
Thousands of staples pockmark a kiosk on Ninth Street.
  • Thousands of staples pockmark a kiosk on Ninth Street.


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