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View Poll Results: Most similar area to Raleigh/Durham
Greensboro/Winston-Salem 21 25.30%
Charlotte 8 9.64%
Richmond 4 4.82%
Northern Virginia 18 21.69%
Columbia 5 6.02%
Atlanta 4 4.82%
Nashville 5 6.02%
Austin 12 14.46%
Other 6 7.23%
Voters: 83. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-27-2015, 06:37 PM
 
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Downtown Raleigh is fine for the population of the city, but it's mostly more suburban sprawl emerging from all the transplants moving here. Apartment high rises have popped up around downtown Raleigh, but not to the extent of all the newer sprawl in areas like Morrisville, Apex, and even Clayton (used to be a "country town" but those days are slipping away). The Research Triangle has grown tremendously, but in a bad way IMO. I hate the sprawl in areas like Cary that go on forever, but I guess North Carolina in general is becoming more suburban. Even in smaller towns outside the metro like Mebane, new apartment complexes and subdivisions are popping up (mostly along I-85/I-40).

Is this a similar situation up in Richmond? I've always been under the impression that North Carolina has grown more than Virginia, but I could be wrong.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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I wonder what that third city is now Cary or Chapel Hill for the longest time it was Chapel Hill but I think with Cary's growth over the years it would probably be Raleigh-Durham-Cary now for the metro.
In the census Cary is considered the third since it's the third largest by population. Culturally though, it's still Chapel Hill, which is a place with character and a rich cultural history, as well as the state's flagship public university, while Cary is a sleepy characterless suburb that is indistinguishable from the suburbs of Raleigh, south Durham, Morrisville, or Apex if not for the signs saying when it begins and ends.

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Downtown Raleigh is fine for the population of the city, but it's mostly more suburban sprawl emerging from all the transplants moving here. Apartment high rises have popped up around downtown Raleigh, but not to the extent of all the newer sprawl in areas like Morrisville, Apex, and even Clayton (used to be a "country town" but those days are slipping away). The Research Triangle has grown tremendously, but in a bad way IMO. I hate the sprawl in areas like Cary that go on forever, but I guess North Carolina in general is becoming more suburban. Even in smaller towns outside the metro like Mebane, new apartment complexes and subdivisions are popping up (mostly along I-85/I-40).

Is this a similar situation up in Richmond? I've always been under the impression that North Carolina has grown more than Virginia, but I could be wrong.
Richmond has a larger urban footprint in its core, but it is mostly sprawl as well. Pretty much every major southern city looks very similar to this. Heck--most cities in the country are like this. It's very unusual for an american city to not be ~80% sprawl.
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Old 05-29-2015, 03:11 PM
 
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Cary is basically one giant suburb built off the back of RTP, so of course Chapel Hill will always be the third city. After all, Chapel Hill was here long before Cary, and Cary doesn't have much to claim other than being clean/safe suburbia.

I feel like Raleigh would be more similar to Richmond if Raleigh was more historic, dense, and gritty. However, since that's not the case at all, I'm not surprised at all the Northern Virginia votes. The suburbs of Richmond and Raleigh have always struck me as near identical, for example areas like Midlothian compared to North Raleigh. Both cities are less than three hours apart, too (I can probably drive to Richmond faster than driving to Charlotte). But, at the cores of each city, they're quite dissimilar.
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:59 PM
 
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Sounds like Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Northern Virginia, and Austin take the cake. Makes sense.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: North Bronx
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I see.......I think the splitting into separate metropolitan areas made the triangle area seem alot smaller then it is.........I easily see it as a full metro easily on the level of a Charlotte or Nashville.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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The golden triangle:

Starkville MS
Columbus MS
West point MS
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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While I think that overall, from a cultural slant and feel perspective, the Triangle is probably most similar to the Triad, I would say physically downtown Raleigh has always sort of reminded me of Reston, VA (NOVA).

Look:

Reston
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9587...yQ!2e0!6m1!1e1

Raleigh
https://www.google.com/maps/@35.7782...0w!2e0!6m1!1e1
Those two exact spots from the air:

Reston


Raleigh
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Those two exact spots from the air:

Reston


Raleigh
I said they physically (look and feel) similar, not that they were the same. In any case, if you even want to make that comparison, you have to use the same scale (refering to the lower right hand corner). The scale has to be 500ft for both images. If you use 500ft for both you'll find that it evens some things out a bit - but even that wasn't my point Vatnos.
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:27 AM
 
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Before the 1990's, I'm tempted to say Raleigh/Durham had more in common with Columbia, SC or Richmond, VA over any other metro with the exception of Greensboro/Winston-Salem. Today, it makes more sense to draw similarities between Raleigh/Durham and Northern Virginia, Austin, and Atlanta. Anyone agree or disagree?
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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I said they physically (look and feel) similar, not that they were the same. In any case, if you even want to make that comparison, you have to use the same scale (refering to the lower right hand corner). The scale has to be 500ft for both images. If you use 500ft for both you'll find that it evens some things out a bit - but even that wasn't my point Vatnos.
That's fine, but my point is that they are not similar. Zooming in a bit will not make them look similar. You cannot make them exactly the same scale in Google Maps because one has the 3D overlay thingy on it.

It's like zooming in on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and then the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, and claiming the cities look similar.
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