This must be the place

by andybechtel

Over the weekend, my friend and former colleague Brian Russell asked this on Twitter: Which do you prefer to describe our region? RDU, RTP, RDCH, Triangle?

I’ve run across this question in my travels over the years. Just what do we call the multi-county area in North Carolina that includes Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill?

Many people have heard of Research Triangle Park and think that it’s the same as the region. It isn’t; it’s just part of it.

RDU is the code for the airport. I’ve never seen RDCH used.

The stylebook of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill likes “Research Triangle.” I vote for a simple “the Triangle,” and apparently so did most of the people who responded to Brian’s question.

Please, no “Raleigh-Durham” — that’s the sure sign of an outsider. “Tobacco Road” is a cliche. And don’t forget that the Triangle is not the same as the Triad.

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