The Triangle Business Journal has always been an excellent publication that promotes the Triangle. A recent study by Fit Small Business declared that “North Carolina is the Best Place to Work”. They cited our recently improved business tax structure, our quality of life and the low cost of starting a business.
All of this is despite our low ranking in access to new business capital.
Then along comes the Triangle Business Journal with an article titled “The Tale of Two Regions” in which it glorifies the growth rate of the Raleigh/Cary side of the Triangle while slamming the Durham/Chapel Hill side. When the federal government split the Triangle into two economic regions a decade or so ago, in what I have always suspected was an effort to prevent us from getting a bigger piece of the federal dole, it definitely hurt the Durham/Chapel Hill side more. In spite of the artificial separation the two sides not only complement each other but are totally dependent economically on one another to sustain that “quality of life” we all enjoy. The Raleigh side is many times larger in size and population and able to grow much faster. Despite the “you don’t want to live in Durham” whispers I hear in my profession, the two or three days a month I work in Raleigh are constant reminders that less traffic and slower growth are probably a good thing.