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pp. vii-viii

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Preface��������������

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pp. ix-x

All the books in the Metropolitan Portraits series reflect the backgrounds and interests of their authors. This book reflects my background as a professor of city and regional planning and my interests in urban development and redevelopment. My desire was to write a book that would provide both academic and nonacademic readers a broad understanding of the area, including its...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

The Research Triangle area, defined here as the seven counties that form the Raleigh-Cary and Durham–Chapel Hill metropolitan statistical areas in North Carolina, offers an intriguing metropolitan growth case study. First, it is a relatively new metro, having largely developed over the past fifty years. So its growth represents more contemporary, rather than historical, circumstances...

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Chapter 1: Early History

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pp. 11-60

To truly understand the contemporary challenges facing the Research Triangle metropolitan area, one must understand its fascinating geological and human history. As noted by Sam Bass Warner, Jr.: ‘‘City building is always a process of bit by bit additions so that the lineage of the past continues to assert themselves directly or indirectly.’’1 That history helps to answer...

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Chapter 2: The Birth of the Research Triangle Metropolitan Area

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pp. 61-92

A metropolitan area is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as ‘‘a core area with a large nucleus, together with adjacent communities that have a high degree of economic and social integration with that core.’’1 In 1950, when the first metropolitan areas were designated, Raleigh and surrounding Wake County were included in one area, while Durham and Durham County in another. In 1971...

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Chapter 3: Population Growth and Its Impact

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pp. 93-138

The creation of the Research Triangle Park and the transportation infrastructure to serve it set the stage for a half century of rapid growth in the Triangle area. The success of the RTP put the Triangle on the map for businesses looking to expand or relocate, and for people looking for jobs. But the area’s quality of life, including such elements as the temperate climate, open space, and cultural...

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Chapter 4: The Evolving Research Triangle Economy

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pp. 139-176

Changes in the national economy since the 1960s are well known. Among them are increased international competition due to liberalized trade rules, manufacturing migrating to lower-wage areas of the world, and the growing importance of service industries. North Carolina, like other states, has been profoundly affected by these changes, losing jobs in traditional industries like agriculture...

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Chapter 5: Urban Development and Planning

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pp. 177-234

The Research Triangle metro area has two distinct physical characteristics. First, most metro areas have at their cores high-rise office and residential towers, public buildings such as courthouses and city halls, major theaters, and retail shopping opportunities. The core of the Research Triangle metro, however, is mostly open space. It is made up of a state park, an airport, and...

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Chapter 6: Where are we Headed?

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pp. 235-248

The short-term prospects for the Research Triangle metropolitan area look bright. There is little doubt that the area’s three major research universities will continue to develop new knowledge and products that will continue to fuel the area’s economic growth. Moreover, those universities, along with the smaller universities and colleges, will continue to recruit and develop the human capital...

Notes

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pp. 249-280

Index

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pp. 281-298