The Triangle is growing apart, separated by geography, politics, transit and identity. Urban planning experts say that the metro area is rated among the worst in the nation due to sprawl and a lack of regional mass transit. Residents say they now view the area as a set of distinct places and it was not always that way. The local governments of Raleigh and Durham are competing with each other, rather than working together to make the area better for citizens. The success of the Triangle region could grow if local officials were willing to work together and the problems created from growing apart are detailed.