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View Poll Results: Which city do you prefer?
Durham 17 50.00%
Winston-Salem 17 50.00%
Voters: 34. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-11-2021, 07:25 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Durham and Winston-Salem have a lot in common, from their tobacco legacies, art scenes, universities, and Piedmont locations. They're also the second largest cities in their respective metros (Triangle, Triad). Using the criteria below, how would you compare these two cities and which one do you prefer?

Economy
COL
Location
Crime
Schools/Universities
Activities (hiking, sports, etc.)
Culture/History
Food/Restaurants
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Old 02-11-2021, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Economy - Durham
COL - Winston
Location - tie
Crime - tie
Schools/Universities - Durham
Activities (hiking, sports, etc.) - Winston (I like the mountain access)
Culture/History - Durham
Food/Restaurants - Durham
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Old 02-11-2021, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Economy - Durham (due to RTP)
COL - W-S
Location W-S
Crime W-S
Schools/Universities W-S
Activities (hiking, sports, etc.) W-S
Culture/History W-S
Food/Restaurants W-S
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Old 02-11-2021, 10:59 AM
 
Location: NC-AL-NC --> Pittsburgh Area
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Economy - Durham
COL - W-S
Location - W-S
Crime - W-S
Schools/Universities W-S for reg schools, Durham for Universities
Activities (hiking, sports, etc.) W-S
Culture/History W-S
Food/Restaurants W-S


I may be biased, but all in all, Winston-Salem is a MUCH better city than Durham. Forsyth is a great school district, and I had a great time going to Calvary Day School in W-S some years ago. Both Durham and W-S have rough edges, but I find Durham to be significantly rougher, although there are nice areas of Durham as a result of the Research Triangle Park and UNC/Duke, which are the reasons of it's massive growth I'd imagine, as it's in a very good location relative to the Triangle. W-S feels a lot smaller as a result of it being basically on the far edge of the Triad. Durham (or the Triangle in general) has nicer suburbs by a relatively large margin, so that definitely gives it a boost. But as for the city, meh. Also, local gov is incompetent.
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Old 02-11-2021, 11:29 AM
 
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Let the Durham hate begin. Drink every time when someone says:


1. All good stuff in Durham is because of RTP and Duke
a. Duh! If it wasn't for RTP and Duke, it would be Winston-Salem or Greensboro, wouldn't it?!
b. Using the same logic, somehow other places are great just because they are

2. Crime ridden
3. High taxes
4. $hit schools
5. oh, did I say crime ridden? yes, yes, and gangs.

Pace yourselves, young Padawans. You could get extremely intoxicated.
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Old 02-11-2021, 12:40 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Originally Posted by costellopresley82 View Post
Durham and Winston-Salem have a lot in common, from their tobacco legacies, art scenes, universities, and Piedmont locations. They're also the second largest cities in their respective metros (Triangle, Triad). Using the criteria below, how would you compare these two cities and which one do you prefer?

Economy Durham
COL Winston-Salem
Location Durham
Crime Tie???
Schools/Universities Tie???
Activities (hiking, sports, etc.). Tie???
Culture/History Winston-Salem
Food/Restaurants Durham
Durham: Better economy, better location (Triangle vs. Triad), better food

Winston-Salem: Lower COL, stronger history

For crime, W-S is lower in violent crime while Durham is lower in property crime
For schools/universities, it's Wake Forest + NC School of the arts + W-S State vs. Duke + NC School of Science and Math + NC Central. That's a draw in my book.
For activities, both have access to a greater metro area. Both have ACC Schools, and both have minor league baseball. Another draw in my book.
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Old 02-11-2021, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Here's my take:

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Originally Posted by costellopresley82 View Post

Economy: Duham
COL: not sure
Location: Durham
Crime: not sure
Schools/Universities: Durham
Activities (hiking, sports, etc.): W-S for closer to mountains, Durham for everything else
Culture/History: Durham
Food/Restaurants: Durham
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Old 02-11-2021, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Worth noting Durham and Winston-Salem are at opposite ends of the political spectrum as far as NC cities go. So there could be some political subtext to the thread as well as some peoples' votes.
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Old 02-11-2021, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Worth noting Durham and Winston-Salem are at opposite ends of the political spectrum as far as NC cities go. So there could be some political subtext to the thread as well as some peoples' votes.
I don't think that's accurate, looking at the election data on https://www.ncsbe.gov/results-data/election-results .
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Old 02-11-2021, 02:17 PM
 
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I don't think that's accurate, looking at the election data on https://www.ncsbe.gov/results-data/election-results .

The difference is pretty stark though. It shows Forsyth county (is that WS? Sorry if not) 56% Biden vs 42% Trump, and Durham 80% vs 18%. So I'd say based on that alone, what Vatnos said is kind of true. Not the opposite end, but I wouldn't call WS liberal based on those stats. Centrist, maybe, but not in the same league as Durham and Chapel Hill.
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