No Bull. Durham is Smoking.

"As little as possible."

That, former Durham Mayor Bill Bell told me recently, is what he's been doing since leaving office last year after 16 years.

That's cool, because what he did while in office still reverberates throughout the Bull City.

Bell, more than any other single person, is responsible for the changing landscape of Durham.

Surely, I'm not the only who's discovered in recent months that if you haven't driven through certain formerly sketchy parts of Durham in a while, you're likely to think you're lost when you see the new apartments, houses and businesses that weren't there a minute ago.

Bell still serves as executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer of United Durham Incorporated/Community Development Corporation (UDI/ CDC) and serves on the boards and committees of various organizations, so it's not like he's just sitting back sipping pina coladas and basking in the glow of his accomplishments.