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View Poll Results: Will Houston surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city by 2020?
Yes 492 41.59%
No 691 58.41%
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Yet Chicago is losing population.
The city believes the census was flawed. There has been soooo much development in several residential areas around the city that you would have expected the city to grow exponentially. Then again, many Chicagoans have fled to the burbs which are growing quickly. We'll have to wait until the next census to find out.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The city believes the census was flawed. There has been soooo much development in several residential areas around the city that you would have expected the city to grow exponentially. Then again, many Chicagoans have fled to the burbs which are growing quickly. We'll have to wait until the next census to find out.
I agree with you.
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:25 PM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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Chicago and other cities like St. Louis are seeing a lot of new residential developement in the city's core. Nice developement not section eight. But...at the same time the poorer sections of the city are seeing population loss. There is also a trend to knock down tall public housing projects and replace them with less dense housing at both market rate and assisted prices. This creates a balance of loss vs. gain.

Houston while it has denser parts, is not near as dense overall as Chicago. So unless Houston has huge tracts of undeveloped land or they start to knock down neighborhoods and build denser housing tracts, it will not pass Chicago population. Unless of course they annex another 250 sq. miles.
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The city believes the census was flawed. There has been soooo much development in several residential areas around the city that you would have expected the city to grow exponentially. Then again, many Chicagoans have fled to the burbs which are growing quickly. We'll have to wait until the next census to find out.
Many census tracts in Chicago are growing, however, the impoverished areas in the south and west sides are still hemorraging population, as evidenced by the city's announcement that they may be closing a couple dozen schools soon.

I'd say that when it's all said in done, Chicago's population in the 2010 census will show a slight gain from the 2000 census.
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Chicago and other cities like St. Louis are seeing a lot of new residential developement in the city's core. Nice developement not section eight. But...at the same time the poorer sections of the city are seeing population loss. There is also a trend to knock down tall public housing projects and replace them with less dense housing at both market rate and assisted prices. This creates a balance of loss vs. gain.

Houston while it has denser parts, is not near as dense overall as Chicago. So unless Houston has huge tracts of undeveloped land or they start to knock down neighborhoods and build denser housing tracts, it will not pass Chicago population. Unless of course they annex another 250 sq. miles.
Houston has huge tracts of undeveloped land AND is building in its core.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Nope... They'll gain pop and maybe if they're luck get on the heels of Chicago... but They'll stay at number 4 for a good while... I bet maybe 2030... if this pattern continues...
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Old 02-03-2008, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Bos/Hou-ston
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Nope... They'll gain pop and maybe if they're luck get on the heels of Chicago... but They'll stay at number 4 for a good while... I bet maybe 2030... if this pattern continues...
Oh Dallas, that's cute. ;-)
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Houston is the 10th largest city in my books. Urban area Houston: 3.82 million; Urban Chicago: 8.31 million. So regardless of whether Houston's city proper beats out Chicago's, Chicago is still significantly larger.
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Bos/Hou-ston
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Houston is the 10th largest city in my books. Urban area Houston: 3.82 million; Urban Chicago: 8.31 million. So regardless of whether Houston's city proper beats out Chicago's, Chicago is still significantly larger.
Wrong (wrong book lol).

IMO, it matters little where people move if events of significance have already occured there. Can you take back the history a city has already had? No. Are there things that one city can offer that one cannot. Yes. Houston might pass Chicago...Chicago might remain the 3rd largest city. I have no idea when and/or if this will happen. (I guess people like to get riled up and predict where the population will go.) Heck, in 2020 we might all move to the moon. (I'm not opposed, besides it looks like a cool place. Hahaha.) Either way, both Chicago and Houston hold some importance whether their metros or city propers are bigger, smaller, etc, whether 8 million people live(d) or one person lives( there.
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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Houston has huge tracts of undeveloped land AND is building in its core.
Houston can annex and build in the core at the same time. I admire Chicago's skyscrapers though. Houston needs to fill in the downtown. Adding an 'L' loop in downtown would be a smart idea also.
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