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Old 06-23-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Agreed but it's really the Research Triangle Park in particular. The Research Triangle refers to the entire metro.
Right - RTP, as the locals say. It's one of the biggest and oldest (started in the early 60's, I think). The idea was to give workers a green, campus-like setting - not a stretch of the imagination, given that Duke, NC State, UNC, NC Central and other universities were nearby.
I worked at several locations in RTP in the 90's. While I appreciated the concept underlying the master plan, I thought it was a dismal place to work: no public transit access, getting off campus at lunch for a meal/errands was a chore, and traffic grew steadily worse. Employers can make their statements with spiffy collections of buildings that, to be fair, might not be feasible to construct anywhere else. But as an employee, I never looked forward to driving through the grounds, negotiating the parking garage, eating in the company cafeteria, etc. etc. A far cry from when I worked in a city and could walk outside my building and be in the middle of everything.
The RTP's low density also (again, just my opinion, but I bet I'd be backed up on this) is a reason why light rail has been proposed unsuccessfully many times for the Triangle (Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary). It's got to be frustrating, knowing that you have 50,000 or so potential public transit users but they're so spread out that, barring employer shuttles from train stations, the places they work are effectively inaccessible.
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