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Old 08-05-2017, 07:48 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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It is, in the sense that in the northeast you've got all these major cities. When you get past DC, the thread of cities frays badly. You don't really have another significant city until Atlanta. (Maybe Charlotte.) And Florida is Florida.

So, I think it's not so much that the cities in the NE corridor are alike as much as the places south of DC are different.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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Between NYC and Boston on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor

Cities
Stamford, Ct 129,113
Bridgeport, CT 145,936
New Haven, CT 129,134
Providence, RI 179,219

Metros
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 944,177 #57
New Haven-Milford, CT 856,875 #65
Providence-Warwick RI-MA 1,614,750 #38
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:58 AM
 
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Between NYC and Boston on the Amtrak Northeast Corridor

Cities
Stamford, Ct 129,113
Bridgeport, CT 145,936
New Haven, CT 129,134
Providence, RI 179,219

Metros
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 944,177 #57
New Haven-Milford, CT 856,875 #65
Providence-Warwick RI-MA 1,614,750 #38
All those combined are still smaller than Philly alone.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Boston
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It definitely is. Rhode Island and Connecticut have Providence New Haven Hartford and Stamfor.d Springfield (NYC/Hartford oriented) and Worcester (CT/Boston oriented) too. They're also the other 2 states that make up the top 4 most urbanized states 1. NJ 2. RI 3.MA 4. CT. Also most newer groups, transplants , college student and minority groups are oriented towards BYC/Philly/DC much more so than NH ME VT and the Cape which is more so for the older townie/family population. The density of population is also higher than any other NE Corridor city other than NYC.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Boston
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You can't just discount the other very dense and urbanized cities in Southern New England. Southern New England=11 million. Northern New England=3 million. Overall, economically socially and culturally the other cities Inc douthern New England are very important to Boston and share ties to NYC. Boston does have an influence of Nashua and Manchester, which is also technically included in BosWash but I tend to disagree.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:04 PM
 
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Thought this was interesting from Wikipedia:

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The Northeast Corridor was built by several railroads between the 1830s and 1917. The route was later consolidated under two railroads: the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (NYNH&H) between Boston and New York, and the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) between New York and Washington.
Doesn't the fact that it was original two branches kinda' suggest that the Northeast Corridor might be more about marketing and creating a cohesive whole out of two distinct railroad systems?
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:30 PM
 
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It definitely is. Rhode Island and Connecticut have Providence New Haven Hartford and Stamfor.d Springfield (NYC/Hartford oriented) and Worcester (CT/Boston oriented) too. They're also the other 2 states that make up the top 4 most urbanized states 1. NJ 2. RI 3.MA 4. CT. Also most newer groups, transplants , college student and minority groups are oriented towards BYC/Philly/DC much more so than NH ME VT and the Cape which is more so for the older townie/family population. The density of population is also higher than any other NE Corridor city other than NYC.
You Dismiss Townie/Families as if that isn't 80% of the Metro area.
Philly's 30th Street Station carries 2.5x more passengers than South Station, and Union Station in DC carries 3x as many passengers. Baltimore which is about 1/2 the size of Boston carries the most similar amount of Amtrak Passengers, and they also have direct MARC service to DC that erodes the Amtrak Ridership in both DC and Baltimore.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:10 PM
 
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There's definitely a gap in Connecticut, but Boston is part of the Megalopolis. There's also a slightly less pronounced gap in Eastern Maryland.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:04 PM
 
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It is, in the sense that in the northeast you've got all these major cities. When you get past DC, the thread of cities frays badly. You don't really have another significant city until Atlanta.
Not sure what's your threshold for "significant," but Richmond isn't exactly a small town.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Boston is part of the NEC. It is especially tied to NYC in terms of business activities and population flow. Additionally, all of New England is inundated with NY and NJ vacationers - just look at the number of those license plates every summer - and really year round. Cape Cod, the Berkshires, the Islands, RI, CT, VT and ME in particular are shared by residents of both metro areas.
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