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for Independent Weekly Vol. 25 Issue 10, March 2008
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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.
A Triangle area art expert discusses the difficulties facing collaboration between the regions actors, musicians, artists, and theater groups. Due to congested traffic and travel times, the area’s art scenes are split between cities. This split discourages collaboration and prevents the scene from growing. This also prevents citizens from attending events and keeps them in their local communities. This prevents people from seeing all of the art that the area has to offer.
A Triangle area music expert discusses how a regional mass transit system would improve the area’s music scene. Concert goers and musicians tend to not go to events outside their own cities or town’s because the traffic in the area makes trips inconvenient. With a better transit system, musicians and listeners would go to more concerts and collaborate more, allowing the area music scene to grow.
Jordan Lake is a foot over its capacity and during the severe drought, Triangle area municipalities are exploring how to take water from the lake. The problem is that these same municipalities contributed to the extreme pollution currently affecting the lake and do not take care of their own water resources. Instead of fighting over the lake now, municipalities should commit to water conservation efforts to protect water resources for now and the future.