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View Poll Results: Will Houston surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city by 2020?
Yes 473 41.35%
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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^ to Iowa? No, DeKalb is our limit. I think in the future they might bring in the 1.7 million living in the Milwaukee area, since the land between the two is built up the entire way.

Then there's Rockford, which has 450,000 people, their airport is named Chicago/Rockford already, and the Chicago burbs are only 20 miles or so away from the Rockford burb.

You have to drive for 2 hours from Iowa until you hit Chicago. It's kinda cool though, because I drive for 2 hours through NOTHING, and then bam, you get a sea of houses and within a few minutes it's an 8 lane tollway with traffic and buildings everywhere. It comes at you fast. Unfortunately that's when the 45 miles of traffic to downtown start
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Chicago has done a remarkable job of maintaing population & vitality for a northern/rust belt city
Chicago is not rust belt. I cannot think of a single city that has reinvented itself more times than Chicago, its constantly evolving. Some sections of the city have old abandoned industrial places, but what city doesnt? Chicago is more high-tech than most booming sunbelt cities.
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Old 09-18-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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according to wikipedia, chicago is rustbelt. but i agree...it is an outdated term for a great city that is constantly one step ahead of the times. check out this map, just sayin that's all:

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Old 09-18-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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according to wikipedia, chicago is rustbelt. but i agree...it is an outdated term for a great city that is constantly one step ahead of the times. check out this map, just sayin that's all:
Its on the fringes and only slightly tinted because of loss of some industry, no doubt. However, it has roared back and continues to modify itself to meet needs, growing massively in the tech/IT arena, etc. We still lead the nation in corporate relocation and corporate expansion projects. That right there shows something.
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Old 09-18-2008, 12:07 PM
 
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according to wikipedia, chicago is rustbelt. but i agree...it is an outdated term for a great city that is constantly one step ahead of the times. check out this map, just sayin that's all:
That's just a general area. I would doubt college towns in those areas and other cities who have never had anything to do with manufacturing are "rust belt".

Rust Belt is the name for what was always known as the Manufacturing Belt of the Midwest/Northeast. There were many cities in that area that hit on hard times, but it's not like the entire region got hit hard. Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Gary. Those areas that were very dependant on heavy industry had to/are having to adjust to the change in our country's economy.

Areas that didn't have lots of manufacturing in that area, which are a lot, are going along as they always had.

Chicago use to have a lot of manufacturing, but a lot of it was based in Indiana, and Chicago was already transfering to a very service oriented economy before the bottom fell out of US manufacturing in the 70's.

Chicago was very lucky in that it already had a huge population base, good geographical location, established educated population with lots of money, etc. They were able to transform and dump off the manufacturing realtively quickly and transform into a financial services, services, modern economy without seeing the huge crash of the local economy like many areas that viciously clung onto their manufacturing.

Detroit is a city that was far more heavily dependant on manufacturing, and has had to fight tooth and nail to keep it above water. That's why their pains have been going on for decades, while much of the rust belt like Pittsburgh, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc have been able to retool their economies and are now seeing recovery and "moving on".
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Ok heres how it goes
Chicago will still have a greater influence then Houston will
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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according to wikipedia, chicago is rustbelt. but i agree...it is an outdated term for a great city that is constantly one step ahead of the times. check out this map, just sayin that's all:
so if u look at that map almost all the great cites from chicago to new york are in the rustbelt.
yet you here more of those cities on the news with culture and all then you do with texas
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Old 09-19-2008, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Ok heres how it goes
Chicago will still have a greater influence then Houston will
what exactly makes chicago's influence bigger than houston's?
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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what exactly makes chicago's influence bigger than houston's?
well we are a major hub in the united states fright wise, we were named one of the most influential cities in the world look it up online!
we have a well known skyline, we have the tallest building in the united states SEARS TOWER, O'hare was named the bussiest aiport in the world if im not mistaken it was 2006!
we have some of the greates architecture in the US behind NYC
we are called the second city for a reason, we are also home to one of the talles residential building in the world, JOHN HANCOCK
HOME COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION 1893
The first Rotary Club in America was founded in Chicago
we were the first major city known for our meat packing industry HENCE THE BACK OF THE YARDS
Chicago's Western Avenue is the world's longest street.
John G. Shedd Aquarium, which is the largest indoor aquarium in the world.

The Chicago Public Library, the Harold Washington Library, is the world's largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.

Nabisco, the world's largest cookie and cracker factory, is located in Chicago
The world's largest ice cream cone factory, Keebler, is also located in Chicago
The Taste of Chicago is the world's largest free outdoor food festival
Chicago has 29 miles of lake frontage and 15 miles of public beach (does houston have that?)
Chicago is home to the world's largest population of Polish persons outside of Warsaw, Poland.
We have one of the last free zoo's in the Unites States and that is Linclon Park Zoo
McCormick Place has the largest amount of exhibit space of any convention center in the country at 2.2 million square feet

EVEN IF HOUSTON WAS TO SURPASS CHICAGO, LOOK AT JUST A SMALL LIST OF WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER REGARDLESS OF OUR POPULATION WERE NOT CALLED THE SECOND CITY FOR NOTHING!
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:14 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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The Chicago Public Library, the Harold Washington Library, is the world's largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.
Chicago's isn't the largest of public libraries in the nation, let alone the world. It beats Houston, though, with almost 6 million volumes, not 2 million. But that honor goes to Boston. The Boston Public Library has over 15 million volumes. ALA | ALA Library Fact Sheet 22 - The Nation's Largest Libraries (broken link)
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