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Old 05-10-2010, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I've always found it fascinating the way Phoenix, Dallas, and Atlanta are positioned in the U.S., and the fact that they share some similarities, although they've shined at different times (sort of). Dallas in the 80's, Atlanta in the 90's, and Phoenix in the 00's. Now, the cycle has started again with Dallas, although all three cities and metros have continued to grow.

If you look at a map, they are all near the same line of latitude and almost evenly spread out, although Dallas and Atlanta are slightly closer. Atlanta to Dallas is 716 miles. Dallas to Phoenix is more at 885 miles. Atlanta to Wilmington, NC (coast) is 374 miles (almost straight across, but slightly north), while the distance between Phoenix and LA (coast) is 357 miles (almost straight across, but slightly north). Atlanta to Charleston is 324 miles (SE to coast) and Phoenix to San Diego is 355 miles (SW to coast)

The three cities are headquarters or focus cities for major airlines - Dallas has American Airlines (largest and primary hub), American Eagle (primary hub), and Southwest Airlines (headquarters at Love Field). Atlanta has Delta, ATA, and Atlantic Southeast Airlines as primary hubs. Phoenix has US Airways (primary hub) and Southwest Airlines (3rd largest focus city).

All three are landlocked, have plenty of transplants (have all experienced tremendous growth, but are still growing), extensive freeway systems, mild winters, and are primary metros in their regions.

One could say there are many differences between these cities, but I just wanted to point out some similarities.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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The similarities to San Deigo and San Antonio are of the following;

They both have strong military presence and numerous air force bases.
They both are the 2nd largest cities in their respective states by city proper population.
Both have a the best Zoo's in their state.
Both have Sea World.
Both rely heavily on tourism for their domestic economy.
Both are closer to the border than other large cities in their state. (San Antonio is closer than DFW/Houston/Austin but El Paso is closer than SA)
Both are top convention cities in their respective states.
Both have a similar skyline height and downtown attractions.
Both are more conservative than other larger cities in their states.
Both are only a short distance away from their states largest cities.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I know I said Houston and Chicago have similarities but so do Houston and LA.

Both cities are their states largest cities by population in city proper.
Both cities are their states largest port cities.
Both cities are MAJOR trade cities for their respective regions, LA for Asia, and Houston for Latin America.
Both cities are missing one of the BIG 4 professional teams.
Both cities have their states largest GDP.
Both cities are known for sprawl.
Both cities sit on the coast.
Both cities get heated criticism from Northeastern posters here on City Data
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I know I said Houston and Chicago have similarities but so do Houston and LA.

Both cities are their states largest cities by population in city proper.
Both cities are their states largest port cities.
Both cities are MAJOR trade cities for their respective regions, LA for Asia, and Houston for Latin America.
Both cities are missing one of the BIG 4 professional teams.
Both cities have their states largest GDP.
Both cities are known for sprawl.
Both cities sit on the coast.
Both cities get heated criticism from Northeastern posters here on City Data
Coming soon: Neither will be the HQ for a major airline.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Coming soon: Neither will be the HQ for a major airline.
Los Angeles had an airline company?
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Los Angeles had an airline company?
Idk, but Houston is losing continental.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Idk, but Houston is losing continental.
Man ExpressJet doesn't cut it, what a weak company...
I mean I could have handled seeing one of our lesser important oil companies move, because we have DOZENS of those, but Continental? It was my favorite Houston based F500 company... aghhhh
Whoever said, "They take the best from us, to show the best in us" better be right in this case...
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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The airline industry blows....MN just lost Northwest Airlines and now we have a worse airline in Delta and with the continued consolidation it will become exceedingly difficult to get a decent airfare rate anymore. I drive now unless the trip takes more than 14 hours.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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The airline industry blows....MN just lost Northwest Airlines and now we have a worse airline in Delta and with the continued consolidation it will become exceedingly difficult to get a decent airfare rate anymore. I drive now unless the trip takes more than 14 hours.
I'm waiting on them to start up with the Bullet Transit Trains soon.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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I don't think Miami has any similarities. I guess the closest similarity OUTSIDE of Florida, would MAYBE be Los Angeles. Miami is TRULY unique.
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