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Old 03-30-2010, 08:55 AM
 
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is Raleigh a vibrant city with museums, lots of restaurants, etc. or is it more of a sleepy town? i'm researching various places to move & one of the things i really want is a substantial city nearby. it's hard to get a handle on what the Raleigh Durham area is really like without visiting. thanks!
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:30 AM
 
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It's not a huge city obviously, but yes, it offers many restaurants, museums, etc. I wouldn't call it a sleepy town.
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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is Raleigh a vibrant city with museums, lots of restaurants, etc. or is it more of a sleepy town? i'm researching various places to move & one of the things i really want is a substantial city nearby. it's hard to get a handle on what the Raleigh Durham area is really like without visiting. thanks!
It's neither a "sleepy town" nor a "vibrant city", though there is some stuff going on downtown. It's a booming population center, most of whose population lives in outlying sprawl (suburbs) and towns outside the core city of Raleigh or Durham. The "city" part of either Raleigh or Durham is pretty disappointing for someone who is specifically looking for a "quote unquote substantial city" nearby. The metro area is several cities/towns, of which most residents visit several in a month's time to work, shop, do things, etc. If you're looking for somewhere that everything is all in one downtown area, this is not that at all.

The whole appeal of the place to many who move from big cities is that it's not a "metropolis".
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:05 AM
 
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it's hard to get a handle on what the Raleigh Durham area is really like without visiting. thanks!
Well then by all means come and visit!

That's what my wife and I did when we were considering relocating. We took a long driving trip to about 6 different cities in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. We didn't find anything that met all of our needs, so we took 2 separate weekend trips, one to Charlotte and one to Raleigh. We liked Raleigh so much that we moved here.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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is Raleigh a vibrant city with museums, lots of restaurants, etc. or is it more of a sleepy town? i'm researching various places to move & one of the things i really want is a substantial city nearby. it's hard to get a handle on what the Raleigh Durham area is really like without visiting. thanks!

As has been expressed elsewhere, this is really a big town not really a city.

The museums here are poor and parochial, but the city doesn't have the population to support much more than it does, I guess.

Restaurants here are mainly catering for local tastes, although there is a smattering of cuisines from other parts of the US and international.
If you've had Chinese/Indian/Greek/Italian, etc, from a big city in the USA or overseas, you might be disappointed with what there is here, however "promising" it is advertised. Pizza is not great here either.

There are other things to think about coming here, but essentially, its a provincial city, so bear that in kind.
Best come for a few days or a week to get a feel for the place.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:47 AM
 
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Yeah, it ain't London.

I think any successful restaurant will "cater to local tastes" or they'll go out of business.

I think the renovated NC Museum of Art that will open next month will be great, and I especially like the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh; it is the perfect size for the city.

When I visited London, I became nauseous at the number of mummies at the British Museum. Boring.

Our museums, for our sized city, are just fine.



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As has been expressed elsewhere, this is really a big town not really a city.

The museums here are poor and parochial, but the city doesn't have the population to support much more than it does, I guess.

Restaurants here are mainly catering for local tastes, although there is a smattering of cuisines from other parts of the US and international.
If you've had Chinese/Indian/Greek/Italian, etc, from a big city in the USA or overseas, you might be disappointed with what there is here, however "promising" it is advertised. Pizza is not great here either.

There are other things to think about coming here, but essentially, its a provincial city, so bear that in kind.
Best come for a few days or a week to get a feel for the place.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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When I visited London, I became nauseous at the number of mummies at the British Museum. Boring.
Well that's one way to keep your museums from becoming too "parochial" - steal antiquities from another country.
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:09 AM
 
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Well that's one way to keep your museums from becoming too "parochial" - steal antiquities from another country.
Ha Ha, I almost said the same thing. One thing that the Greek tour guides are very fond of saying is: "Here is a replica of <insert valuable artifact name>. The real one is on display in the British Museum, which they stole from us."
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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Raleigh is more like a big suburb
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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Let's compare:

London, world capital: 7.5 million people, excellent museums, lots of places to get Indian food, which cater to local tastes

Raleigh, state capital: A few more than 400 thousand people, pretty good museums, plenty of restaurants, including BBQ places, which cater to local tastes.
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