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Old 02-02-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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What would you guy's consider a "true" suburb of Birmingham? This is a thread just for general discussion. I personally would not consider the cities/suburbs of Homewood, Mountain Brook, parts of Vestavia Hills, Tarrant, Fairfield, Midfield, Lipscomb/Brighton Center Point, and Irondale as suburbs, but what I would consider to be neighborhoods...large neighborhoods or communities. If I were going to consider any areas as suburbs, it would be Hoover, the 280 area, Chelsea, Alabster, Pelham, Helena, Calera, Trussville, Moody/Leeds, Pell City(a distant 'burb), Clay, Pinson, Gardendale, Fultondale, Adamsville/Graysville, Hueytown, Pleasant Grove, and Bessemer/McCalla.

I think that is probably a pretty summed up list...do you agree?
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:27 PM
 
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I think we're getting into esoterica here. I would offer that a suburb is a community where a large percentage of its residents commute into a larger, central metropolis. If you've ever driven south on I-65 towards Montgomery around 7:15 in the morning, you realize that a lot of people from Montevallo, Calera, and even Clanton are schlepping it into Birmingham every day. So by that definition, those are suburbs of Birmingham, too.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Heck, I know people who commute from Hartselle, Decatur...even Huntsville. But I wouldn't say those are Birmingham suburbs.
Well...KE111691 might!
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:57 PM
 
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Suburb is indeed all relative. i would personally call places like Homewood and Southside suburbs and a central urban area. More outer towns are getting rural to me (exurb?). The idea that people can have a septic tank yet consider themselves to be suburban is new to me.
But others disagree. If a lot of people commuted from a town 2 hours away, no matter what it's development style is some would consider it a suburb.
I came from San Jose, which although is a job center, I would still call suburban, since there isn't really a whole lot of urban core. Once upon a time it was a suburb of SF, but not really anymore.
I lived near a street that was actually called "Suburbia Drive".
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