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Local leaders revisit big plans for growing population

A second Reality Check will pull together representatives from across the Triangle to evaulate how plans for transit and development are progressing.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — One year ago, local leaders gathered to look at the future for the Triangle.

At an event sponsored by a group called Triangle Tomorrow, The Urban Land Institute and the Research Triangle Park Partnership, 600 attendees from five counties heard that more than 1 million people would move to the area in the next 20 years.

This was no ordinary lecture. Participants used toys to build a vision for how new people and jobs fit the Triangle's future.

"The Legos are used as a representation of new homes, new jobs," said Fred Day, former CEO of Progress Energy.

"The yarn is used as transportation. It's seems like a game, but you'll see it's not a game. It's serious. It's about creating a vision for this region for the next 20 or 30 years."

Those who attended agreed to three big goals: improving regional transit, creating vibrant city centers and preserving green space.

They will meet again Wednesday for a status update. The meeting runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts.

"The decisions we make today are the decisions that will be defining the next several decades of growth in this region," Day said.



Stacy Davis, Reporter
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Jodi Leese Glusco, Web Editor

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