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Raleigh ranked fifth 'can-do' city by Newsweek

Posted September 20, 2011

— Newsweek magazine has ranked Raleigh among the nation's top 15 "Can-Do American Cities."

The city tied for fifth place on a list of metropolitan areas ranked on sustainability, transportation and infrastructure, livability and business development.

Omaha, Neb., Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Buffalo, N.Y., also tied for fifth place.

El Paso, Texas, took the top of the list, followed by Oakland, Calif., Riverside, Calif., and San Antonio, Texas.

Austin, Texas, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas, and Portland, Ore., also made the list.

The list appears in the Sept. 19 issue of Newsweek.


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  • KevInApex Sep 21, 2011

    Yeah Buffalo! The Bills are undefeated and finally something positive from the so often maligned city.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 21, 2011

    According to Yahoo news this morning, 'Busniessweek' labeled Raleigh as the #1 city to live in based on public schools, parks, resturants, bars, professional sports, jobs, RTP, three universities, and cultural interests.

    Nothing wrong with Raleigh, NC even thought I don't live there.

  • ThePhwner Sep 21, 2011

    @corvair - if I'm wrong, then where is the traffic enforment and the useful public transit? Maybe you can pull those out of somewhere :)

    I'm not saying I don't like the area. Obviously I chose to live here. But the transit situation is pretty grim, and I am tired of the "natives" constantly complaining that the "transplants" are ruining everything. Maybe the natives need to rethink where they should live.

    Like it or not, the "transplants" are here to stay.

  • Leftwing Sep 21, 2011

    Callme4avon - Really? I work hard for my salary over 100k, there is no luck involved. My parents instilled in me to study hard, work hard and follow the golden rule. No luck at all. Too bad you think that is what it takes...

  • Pseudonym Sep 21, 2011

    Quote from callme4avon: "I've lived in this area for 30 years. It is wonderful, but only if you make over 100,000. Some of us aren't that lucky."

    I don't even know where to start, but I'll try.

    1-If you make over $100,000, that doesn't make you "lucky", that makes you SMART and a HARD WORKER. Sell more Avon and quit complaining.

    2-ANYPLACE is nice if you make that much money.

    3-If you are relying on how much money you make to gauge your happiness, you are relying on the wrong thing.

    4-A whole BUNCH of people make significantly less than that, and STILL seem to have a good time in Raleigh.

  • Amusedone Sep 21, 2011

    Doesn't take $100k a year to drive a descent car and have a nice house in Raleigh. There are MANY really nice homes @ $130-150k. At $40k a year that is quite affordable. There are very nice 3 bedroom townhomes that you can get for $90-$120k. That's doable at $30k a year and still pay a car payment and be able to enjoy what Raleigh has to offer. One of the lower cost of living cities in the U.S.

  • callme4avon Sep 21, 2011

    I've lived in this area for 30 years. It is wonderful, but only if you make over 100,000. Some of us aren't that lucky.

  • nclissy79 Sep 21, 2011

    I do wish the highways were more efficient. Quit widening them as a way to help traffic flow - there needs to be double level highways with exit/enter points that help with congestion. Refer to Texas highways for clarification.

  • Amusedone Sep 21, 2011

    Wake schools have their issues...but compared to other areas, our schools are quite good. No jobs? There are hundreds of openings in the Triangle for service jobs and tech jobs alike...perhaps you need to update your skills or your ability to search and network.

  • Amusedone Sep 21, 2011

    The reason public transportation is not that great is because most of us don't want to use it. There have been many surveys done, and the vast majority of people in Raleigh/Wake County wouldn't use public transportation if it was available. Some cities it is needed because parking and congestion is such a hassle. Driving is quite nice in Wake County with relatively low commute times (when figuring distance traveled) compared to any other comparable city.