Triangle Region

RALEIGH MATTERS: Triangle Blog Blog Endorsements for the Capital City

Raleigh’s progress on zoning reform is an inspiration for cities across the South.  It must not regress into the anti-housing politics of old. Raleigh is the South’s beacon on housing. By passing long overdue reforms, such as permitting missing middle housing and ending parking mandates, the City of Oaks is setting precedents other places cite …

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Following the February 1, 2022 meeting, City Council held a public hearing on the redistricting maps, adopting Scenario 2 from the proposed maps by the March 31, 2022 deadline.

Triangle Blog Blog’s Guide to the Raleigh Mayor and City Council Elections

It may be the midterm elections in North Carolina, but for fans of local politics there’s much to write about, at least in the left half of the Triangle. Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Durham all have odd-year elections (which suppresses turnout), so after the spring primaries for statewide elections things are a little sleepy …

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Five questions to ask before supporting a new transportation plan

My recent piece on the proposed Commuter Rail Project received some pushback, including from TBBer Melody Kramer. Most of the criticism made two points: 1). Highway spending is just as wasteful, and we never hear criticism of highways, and 2.) If we don’t support this project now, we’ll regret it in the future.  While I’m sympathetic …

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A Planning Study to Nowhere: GoTriangle’s commuter rail plans

On Tuesday, GoTriangle, our regional transit agency, gave a presentation to the Durham County Commissioners on its latest feasibility study for commuter rail in the Triangle. The study, which cost $9 million, was intended to build support for building a commuter rail line through the heart of the Research Triangle, beginning in West Durham and …

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The Rural Buffer doesn’t work if Chapel Hill and Carrboro don’t keep up their part of the bargain

This is part of our Harder Truth series. The Rural Buffer, enacted in 1987, was not utilized correctly, and needs to be reconsidered. (If the town is not going to build densely, which was part of the Buffer deal, then we should scrap the buffer. The Buffer has ‘preserved open space’ in a hyperlocal way …

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Meta is coming to Durham. Let’s talk about housing.

On Monday, WRAL reported that Meta – the parent company of Facebook and Instagram – is planning a “significant presence” in Durham. Meta’s announcement follows Google and Apple announcing their plans to build Triangle-based offices. All are further evidence that the growth of the Triangle will not stop anytime soon and that inaction on housing …

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