Originally Posted by RunningBum
Kind of laughing at the notion that Raleigh was a sleepy little town until the mid 90s. I moved there in the mid 80s, when there was no I-540, I-40 was 2 lanes, no Alexander extension, no Davis Dr into Cary. Commutes could be horrible if anything went wrong, and even a good day was slow. I'm sure it had been bad before then. Roads and lanes get added and alleviate things for awhile, then development catches up and it's just as bad as before.
RTP was a great idea and it looks pleasant with all the buildings tucked amongst the trees, but it locked out pretty much any chance for effective mass transit because there's no real concentration of workers anywhere.
Well, there was this one sweet period, like 1991-92, where they seemed to catch up on many roads, building was stagnant, and there was a slight tech recession. If you recall, they had widened 40, finished 40 to the beach, and done a lot of secondary road widening. But it was just a pause until that Money Magazine article.
You are right, RTP changed everything.
Times change and RTP now has this idea of building a mixed residential and retail center. We'll see...