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  •  Garner (2+ / 0-)
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    alnc, thisniss

    Hello from Garner.

    Just don't refer to the town as Raleigh-Durham.

    I get a lot of calls at my job, "You're in Ray-Lee-Door-HAM, right?"

    No. Click.

    •  Raleigh-Durham doesn't exist. (2+ / 0-)
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      AdmiralNaismith, thisniss

      It's something that people like Jim Goodmon at WRAL want to exist.  Nobody from Raleigh or Cary comes to Durham or Chapel Hill very often, and vice versa.

      We're two highly interconnected regions that are too far apart to be a single metro area.

      I live in Durham.  Not Raleigh-Durham, not Raleigh, not the greater Raleigh area.  Durham.  (Pronounced Der'm)

      •  that's so true. I move here from Louisville, KY (1+ / 0-)
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        "here" being Chapel Hill/Carrboro (which is "one place").  In Louisville, I would cross the city and go to places way further away than, say, Raleigh is from CH.  But I would never think about going to Raleigh in the same way.  It was a weird adjustment, because before I moved here I thought the "metro area" was like others I've lived in.  (In L'ville, I even drove across the bridge to work in Southern Indiana.  yech.)

        My hubs drives to Cary to work, which I would HATE.  But it's a "commute."  It is clearly not the same thing as a "metro area."  I think transit has so much to do with this.  If we had light rail or something other than just (primarily) I-40 to connect the towns, it might seem less like an "interconnected region" and more like a "metro."  I definitely think we need more transit, but I also don't feel a huge need to "metropolize" the area more.

        McCain/Palin 08: More of the Same, But Worse

        by thisniss on Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 09:04:22 PM PDT

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      •  umm (0+ / 0-)

        40,000 come to Durham to work every day... from Wake County (Raleigh, Cary).

        •  Late reply.... (0+ / 0-)

          We basically share an industrial park, and yes people cross-commute.  But something like 70% of the area's population work within the boundaries of their MSA.  (Raleigh-Cary vs. Durham (which includes CH/C).

          This has been one of my big arguments with some high-up folks in TTA.  We don't need a rail link to go between downtowns.  People from Durham want to go to the park and the airport, as do people from Wake.  The fact that they meet in the middle is no reason to engineer a system that wastes huge amounts of money making sure people can get Durham to Raleigh really fast.

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