[TriLUG] [OT] TriLUGger on the news
magnus at trilug.org
Fri May 18 17:19:12 EDT 2007
Tom Eisenmenger wrote:
> For your numbers to be a valid comparison you would have to factor in
> all the counties served by that stretch of US158: Vance, Warren,
> Halifax, Northampton, Hertford, Bertie, Gates.... Of these, Halifax is
> probably the wealthiest - we are located right on the I-95 corridor
> which does bring in some revenue.
I also left out the counties surrounding Wake that are serviced by
Triangle highways. You probably don't want those numbers in there for
the purposes of this discussion. It will make anyone wonder why the
roads down east are even paved in the first place. :)
Anyway, population figures from 2000:
Wake County: 627,846
Highway projects in the remote counties are mostly efforts based on the
hope that somehow, some way, someday businesses will be lured in and
bring jobs to the region. Procrastinating on these highway projects
will not ruin a region that has already hit bottom.
Highway projects in the Triangle are trying to stay ahead of the
explosive population growth that is already happening. If these
highways don't happen, it's going to ruin parts of the state that are
> And yes, it is the responsibility of the state to "bootstrap" other
> regions. After all, RTP was just such a bootstrap.
The state played some role in the creation of RTP but it really was a
joint effort between many entities.
If the state can manage to stay ahead of the growth in the populated
areas and at the same time try to better connect the remote regions, so
much the better. But building a road to nowhere hoping that someone
will make it a somewhere someday is called "gambling". Do what you can
today to make it a destination where people want to be, and when 100
people a day start moving to Halifax County and demanding better roads,
I'm sure the state will start paying more attention.
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