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View Poll Results: Which CSA feels larger?
Chicagoland 136 81.44%
DC/Baltimore 24 14.37%
They feel equal 7 4.19%
Voters: 167. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-21-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle aka tier 3 city :)
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That's just his opinion on Chicago's laggard growth, I agree he was a bit harsh on Chicago but it's becoming apparent that the current third largest city/metro in our nation is looking at a bleak future of 5th place perhaps on all metrics population/GDP.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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No, Chicago's growth is pathetic. It has a population base of 10 million people, just off natural increase it should be getting more than 10,000 people per year but it doesn't. It isn't even like Chicagoland is an aged place, median age is 35.2, which for a major city is really good and the fertility rate for the 15 largest places in the country is really good for Chicago. It's immigration is declining substantially and it is not like it is an expensive place like the San Francisco Bay Area or Washington DC-Baltimore.

All around pathetic growth for Chicago. Absolutely pathetic. The civic leaders of Chicago and its suburbs should be embarassed, the growth is godawful. The only thing they can say is they're not declining.

It doesn't deserve to be third anymore, by economy it already gets shoved down to its rightful place of 5th as both San Francisco Bay Area and Washington DC-Baltimore, despite being smaller places, are richer, more important, and frankly just better than Chicago.
Hmm, not enough pejorative terms, sweeping generalizations, and nebulous phrases such as "frankly just better."
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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Maybe that's the solution to the "LA problem": Give LA a franchise and add a second team in Chicago. It would even out the imbalance that would exist by just adding a LA team. On the other hand, it would be tough to get any one in the Chicago area to root for a team other than the Bears.
Who would win Ditka or a hurricane, but what if that hurricane was named Hurricane Ditka?
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:49 PM
 
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Hmm, not enough pejorative terms, sweeping generalizations, and nebulous phrases such as "frankly just better."
I've already chalked that guy up as a passive aggressive hater/troll. I need to engage the IGNORE FUNCTION!
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:34 PM
 
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Hmm, not enough pejorative terms, sweeping generalizations, and nebulous phrases such as "frankly just better."
The city and metro aren't growing at the moment, but I'm not going to get super emotional about it and write the place off. Every city has its swings up and down. I'd rather look at the problems and work towards the future than freak out about rankings. My boyfriend and I each moved here with nothing but a degree and a few hundred dollars and this city has been great to us. Up to $300,000 in household income by age 30, great friends, awesome condo....I absolutely love this city and the ammenities it has, the restaurants, the fact we don't need to own a car, the parks, lakefront, downtown, etc. To each his own. Any place can be either a blessing or a curse. I couldn't imagine my life being as good as it is today, and I'm very appreciative and greatful for that. I fully understand that most people don't get to enjoy that in their lives. Chicago was a gamble back when I was 22 years old, but it was an amazing journey and a great gamble. It has tons of problems, but it also has even more positives.

There are plenty of cities I'm not a huge fan of, but I certainly don't blame the people for living there. I wouldn't bash and spit disgust at their choices and their city or how fast it's growing, how big it is, how it ranks. Every city exists for a reason, and people love or hate those cities for their own reasons - but it's their reasons. Don't judge.

Given the nature of the words used, "embarrassing", "horrendous", "pathetic" and "doesnt' deserve" obviously says a lot more about the person writing the paragraph than it does about the city in question.

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Old 07-21-2015, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Seattle aka tier 3 city :)
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Sounds more like he struck a nerve lol, truth hurts.
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:52 PM
 
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Sounds more like he struck a nerve lol, truth hurts.
Sometimes, someone's bias renders their opinions irrelevant. There are a few on this forum, that fit into that category.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:09 PM
 
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DC feels like a very compact city manageable city.....Where as Chicago is both very tall (huge skyscrapers) and massive in scope....Both are big enough to keep anyone entertained, but DC feels much smaller and less engulfing than Chicago...I love them both about the same (or maybe a tiny edge to Chicago) but they are on different levels in size...

NYC is another world...
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle aka tier 3 city :)
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Sometimes, someone's bias renders their opinions irrelevant. There are a few on this forum, that fit into that category.
I do agree that his post read of distaste for Chicago, however his data was eye opening.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:45 PM
 
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I do agree that his post read of distaste for Chicago, however his data was eye opening.
Wow, really? I saw a population gain, and nothing terribly horrendous. LOL
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