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ITB vs. OTB?

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Hoping to settle the ever-simmering debate in Raleigh of what gets more attention, Inside the Beltline or Outside the Beltline, the city of Raleigh issued a news release Friday that announced that the neighborhoods outside the city's core gets the lion's share of goods.

Well, not exactly.

Out of the $1.2 billion that the city of Raleigh has spent or earmarked for capital improvement projects since July 2006, about 57 percent has gone to projects Inside the Beltline, or ITB.

That's because the city included projects like the Raleigh Convention Center, paid for with taxes collected from hotel rooms and restaurant sales, as well as the proposed Clarence E. Lightner Center as general public improvements, Allen said.

But Outside the Beltine, or OTB, topped the ITB when it comes to parks, streets, stormwater and public utilities with the city spending $3.50 outside the Beltline for every $1 that's spent inside, according to TrianglePolitics calculations.

What prompted the Inner vs. Outer comparison? Several Raleigh city council members, including Mayor Charles Meeker, heard from voters while on the campaign trail this fall who kept asking if the city was spending more downtown than out in people’s neighborhoods, Allen said.

Click here to see the breakdown for yourself.

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