Yes, the Triangle sprawls more and more each day. You read all about it in the Indy just about every week.

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.

Picture-perfect loft
A wide-open loft presents design challenges…and opportunities.
By Cara Galati

Downsize me
A couple of boomers leave their ranch house and fall in love with downtown Durham
By Anne Moscrip

Teeny obsessions
Wootini, Carrboro’s purveyor of plush and vinyl art toys
By Grayson Currin

Real cluttered
Why organizing is the new clutter
By Sally Hicks