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View Poll Results: will fresno beat out detroit in 20 years?
yes 26 54.17%
no 22 45.83%
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:40 AM
 
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500k for fresno(112 sq miles and increasing)
680k for detroit(150 sq miles right now)


If the city of fresno gets gigabit fiber(city is working hard on getting city wide fiber) and uses the high speed rail to pick up downtown investment, I could definitely see fresno shooting past d-town in population.
(yes, i realize that the detroit metro will always be bigger than fresno's)

any thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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i think Detroit is recovering from the huge fall it had. will it boom? maybe in the future, but i don't think it will at the moment. I think Fresno will pass Detroit.
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Old 03-02-2015, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Westside Grand Rapids
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Well Detroit's population decline could very well start increasing again as the neighborhoods in it's core have been booming. However the city won't truly start growing until it stems the losses in its vast neighborhoods that haven't been touched by reinvestment yet. If Fresno is able to grow its footprint through annexation it could surpass Detroit fast, as it's pretty much impossible for Detroit or any Michigan city to annex.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:01 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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There's a pretty good chance that it will pass Detroit in population, but it's sort of an apples to oranges comparison. Like you said, Metro Detroit has a much higher population and that isn't going to change.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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Detroit has died, whatever city emerges under the carcass of Detroit will be an entirely different city.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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^ I'm assuming you've never been there to say something like that? I like going to Detroit.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Westside Grand Rapids
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^ I'm assuming you've never been there to say something like that? I like going to Detroit.
SDP is a former Michigander. Often former residents have the strongest opinions. I get what is being said tho, while negative in tone there is some logic behind it. Detroit will never be the same no matter what way it recovers. But then neither will Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St Louis ect. Cities have to evolve to stay competitive in a new world.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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SDP is a former Michigander. Often former residents have the strongest opinions. I get what is being said tho, while negative in tone there is some logic behind it. Detroit will never be the same no matter what way it recovers. But then neither will Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St Louis ect. Cities have to evolve to stay competitive in a new world.
I lived in Detroit when she still had an official population over a million. Which wasn't even so long ago.

Some cities change their colors to stay competitive, other cities die, so a new city can be rebuilt from their ashes. That's Detroit.
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:26 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Detroit has died, whatever city emerges under the carcass of Detroit will be an entirely different city.
Maybe OCP will replace it with Delta City.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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Detroit's making a big comeback but it will keep losing people for years to come. I like Fresno's chances.
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