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Old 06-26-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Murphy, TX
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Looking at all development along the Charlotte, Winston-Salem/Greensboro, and Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh corridor it almost seems like one big metro! If you look at the map you will see the highways between those major cities are lined with smaller cities/suburbs.

In fact, the mileage from Charlotte through Greensboro to Raleigh is only 160 miles or so. Probably a 2-3 hours drive, which actually could same as commute time in huge cities like New York.

I think in next 50 years that corridor will be heavily developed with cities. It will seem like you will never leave a city and enter a rural area when traveling through that corridor.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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No, it doesn't. There's still waaaayyyyy too much undeveloped land between the three to feel that way.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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Not. at. All.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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No, not really. I can see what you're saying, but it's pretty country out there in between. Most of the development in the Triangle actually seems to be on the N/E/S of Raleigh and not really in the direction of the Triad (Greensboro area).

Charlotte is a whole 'nother thing all together. Not even close.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I agree with others there two much undeveloped land. If any chance Mebane and Burlington could be suburbs of Greensboro and Durham but there is to much undevelop land between Randleman,Archdale, Thoma-lex Salisbury
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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I wouldn't be surprised if all three metros did create a true megalopolis in like a hundred years or so. It would also be interesting if the gap between the Triangle and Richmond developed more to help bridge the two together (and linking the Northeast megaregion with the Piedmont Atlantic megaregion; but this is far, far off in the future).
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:47 PM
 
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No.

NC is a fairly large state. You fill up that area between Raleigh and Charlotte with people and development and you're gonna have an impossible commute time (by car, anyway) between the two cities. For perspective? NYC isn't but around 30 miles at the widest. Raleigh is about 25 miles wide.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Murphy, TX
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I will admit its a bit of stretch saying it one huge metro. But all 3 of those Major cities in NC are such so closer to together. I would expect the corridors between them (I-85 and I-40) to develop heavily due the traffic.

Looks like the space between Greensboro and Durham is filling up along I-40 already, might take another decade before its done. It might take 50 years before I-85/I-40 is lined with cities / suburbs though.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:02 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Looking at all development along the Charlotte, Winston-Salem/Greensboro, and Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh corridor it almost seems like one big metro! If you look at the map you will see the highways between those major cities are lined with smaller cities/suburbs.

In fact, the mileage from Charlotte through Greensboro to Raleigh is only 160 miles or so. Probably a 2-3 hours drive, which actually could same as commute time in huge cities like New York.

I think in next 50 years that corridor will be heavily developed with cities. It will seem like you will never leave a city and enter a rural area when traveling through that corridor.
Just glad I won't be around to see if your prediction come true.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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I think you've been in Texas too long. NC isn't like that. It's a different critter. There have always been small towns and small cities in between the major cities. Only the ones right outside the major cities of Raleigh and Charlotte are bedroom communities. The rest have their own industries and economies. Nobody lives in Raleigh and commutes to Charlotte everyday. People live where they work and go to school for the most part. For the most part people who live in Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) work in the Triangle. People who live in the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point) work in the Triad. People who live in the Charlotte region work there. What you're suggesting is just the same as suggesting that Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, San Antonio/Austin all become one megalopolis.

While there has been huge growth in the Raleigh and Charlotte areas, they are very far from growing together and I wouldn't expect them to be much closer in the next 50 or 100 years. Not gonna happen anytime soon. Maybe in 500 years.
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