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Old 04-20-2014, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by santafe400 View Post
Baltimore is actually an interesting case study. The city probably peaked at about 960,000. If it would have hit the elusive 1 million mark, it would have been the only city under 85 sq. miles to ever reach that distinction. The only other municipality to exceed that plateau would have been Manhattan. Anyway, I would love to see all the cities stabilize and grow once again, but my heart really goes out to some of the smaller, medium sized towns that never really had a chance. (ie. the Scranton's/Wilkes-Barres's/Altoona's/and Binghampton's of the world).
I wouldn't say that even the cities in the last sentence can't come back. For instance, the Binghamton metro is one of the safest metros in the country and the area offers quite a bit for its size in terms of sporting and art based events too. A neighborhood like this could appeal to some folks too: West Side Neighborhood Association [WSNA]
Binghamton's West Side

So, you never know. Both of those areas have multiple urban communities and that may make things a bit difficult too. I say this because, using the Binghanton area again, a place like adjacent Johnson City has the bones for gentrification and investment and Endicott outside of the toxic Plume area has nice, walkable areas along with parts of town that could see more investment. Village of Johnson City, New York

Village of Endicott New York - Home Page

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Old 04-21-2014, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Seahawksfan33 View Post
My list:

1. Buffalo, New York-It peaked at about 580,000 people in the 1950s and has shrunk to 259,384 (although the population decline has gradually slowed down in the recent years as it was approximately 261,000 in 2010)
2. St. Louis, Missouri-It peaked in the 1950s as well at about 857,000 people, and it was disintengrated to 318,000 (although I question this reported number as it was 355,000 with it being a slight increase from 2000 here about 4-5 years ago which doesn't add up, and we suddenly have only lost less than 800 people in 3 years?!?! There has got to be some error....)
3. Cleveland, Ohio It used to be one of the largest cities in the 1950s when it had over 910,000, and now it's done to 391,000 people.
4. Detroit, Michigan-Remember when it used to have nearly 2 million people back in the 50s? That seems like long ago as it's down to 710,000 people (although that was back in 2010, so I wonder how much lower the number is now?)
5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-It had nearly 680,000 people in the 1950s, but has decreased to 306,000 people. However, it has shockingly increased by almost 1,000 people since 2010.
6. Cincinnati, Ohio-It has gone from 503,000 to like 297,000 which isn't as much of a dramatic decline, and it has seemed to slow down like the rest of them have.
7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-This one isn't major at all. It has gone from being slightly over 2 million in the 1950s to being in between 1.5 to 1.6 million now with it having a slight increase since 2010.

Many of the cities you have listed have experienced growth in their metropolitan areas because of suburbs and white flight
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