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View Poll Results: Which edge city would you prefer?
Bellevue, WA 23 50.00%
Scottsdale, AZ 12 26.09%
Tysons Corner, VA 11 23.91%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 02-26-2015, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Nashua, NH
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Here are three edge cities with their existence and growth compelled by very different reasons. They were fairly rural half a century ago and all have downtowns that have been built around upscale shopping malls. Bellevue has the glass skyline and silicon forest setting by the lake, Tyson's Corner has its position on the Capital Beltway with midrise office parks and a new Metro line to DC, and Scottsdale has the resort atmosphere in a desert/mountain setting. Which one would you prefer to visit or live? Here s some criteria...

Best setting/location
Best downtown
Most appealing suburban neighborhoods and homes
Best dining
Best retail/shopping

Also, any insight you might have on future development, transportation corridors, and relations to their primary cities.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Bellevue is aesthetically jaw-dropping and is pretty much the rich-man's alternative to Seattle. Big tech market.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:03 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The only one I would consider living in is Bellevue, with Scottsdale being way too hot and dry even for vacationing (have been there) and Tysons Corner is way too close to DC, but I wouldn't mind staying there during a vacation to the northeastern part of the country.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Of that lot, Bellevue only.
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:14 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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Belleview, hands down.
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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The only one I would consider living in is Bellevue, with Scottsdale being way too hot and dry even for vacationing (have been there) and Tysons Corner is way too close to DC, but I wouldn't mind staying there during a vacation to the northeastern part of the country.
If you are vacationing in Scottsdale during the summer months, of course it's going to be hot.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:40 PM
 
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Whichever has the highest incomes and home values.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:05 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Tysons is more of a future living settlement as its maybe 25k-30k residents now, the goal is to have at least 100,000 residents by 2040 or maybe 2050. It still much has further to go, but the city is currently booming.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:07 PM
 
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I voted Scottsdale just because it would be different than what I'm used to and because of all the good memories and nostalgia from being there off and on during the last couple decades for Giants Spring Training (the only time of the year I've ever been there). I've never been to Tyson's Corner but have spent a lot of time in Bellevue which is okay.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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Bellevue is gorgeous. It's almost like you're living in a forest.
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