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Durham's West Village is one example of how to avoid adding to urban sprawl. The village is 243 loft-style apartments constructed using 45 different floor plans, and located downtown in Durham's historic tobacco district. The project is the dream of three former Duke basketball players and began five years ago. What was once a dying industrial district with empty buildings now offers living spaces within walking distance of shopping, dining, and entertainment.
In the Research Triangle Metropolitan Area, land conservation is being far outstripped by development. Between 1987 and 1997, over 190,00 acres were consumed by urban sprawl. Geary discusses the importance of preserving open spaces in a time when the area's population is growing and more open land is becoming suburbs.
While the tobacco industry is coming to a close in Durham after 150 years, many of the buildings the industry used remain. Now thanks to historic preservation tax credits, demand for interesting space within the central city, and imaginative developers, many buildings have new lives as apartments and offices.