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View Poll Results: Who Flexes their Urban Bones and Grit the best between these Cities( A few picked from each Region )
Wilmington, DE. 10 25.64%
Hartford, CT. 8 20.51%
Flint, MI. 1 2.56%
Macon, GA. 5 12.82%
Albany, NY. 9 23.08%
Springfield, MA. 4 10.26%
Charleston, SC. 6 15.38%
Gary, IN. 2 5.13%
Tacoma, WA. 3 7.69%
Dayton, OH. 2 5.13%
Savannah, GA. 12 30.77%
Knoxville, TN. 3 7.69%
Harrisburg, PA. 7 17.95%
Greenville, SC. 3 7.69%
Columbus, GA. 3 7.69%
Tallahassee, FL. 2 5.13%
Huntsville, AL. 1 2.56%
Lafayette, LA. 2 5.13%
Wilmington, SC. 0 0%
Augusta, GA. 1 2.56%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-27-2015, 01:33 AM
 
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I'm basing this off the Wikipedia page of population rankings. Slightly over 200k at 209k is Des Moines. I always thought it was bigger based off its skyline.

Little Rock
Alexandria, VA (though a DC suburb, still a dense old core)
Syracuse
Dayton
Wilmington, NC
Wilmington, DE
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Old 09-27-2015, 07:21 AM
 
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I can agree with all but Columbus Ga, it just doesn't feel like a city with a population straddling 200,000 and doesn't have much of a Skyline.. It seems more like consolidated land
That's funny because the core of Columbus is built much closer than Macon's.
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Old 09-27-2015, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Columbus, GA
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That's funny because the core of Columbus is built much closer than Macon's.
I agree, Columbus feels more like a city in my opinion. I have spent a lot of time lately working in Macon. Everything is along I-75. Once you go a half mile off the interstate it gets rural quickly. Very deceiving in my opinion. Heading east on I-16 there is nothing but woods once you pass the last exit for downtown.
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Old 09-27-2015, 02:06 PM
 
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Pennsylvania has a lot of small cities that would fit this description, I think in large part because of when they sprang about, with factories and industry being the economic drivers. It was advantageous for the city to build things densely so workers could walk to the factories. Bethlehem (~75,000), Reading (~87,000), Lancaster (~60,000), and Scranton (~75,000) come to mind. All of these cities are below their historical population peaks because of deindustrialization, but the "big city" bones are still there.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:43 PM
 
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It does. It's probably the only city in America that is under 200k AND has 3 buildings over 500 feet. Actually it's probably the least populated city in America that has a building over 500 feet. I may be wrong at that though. As some just mentioned, it's only 18 square miles but if Hartford's annexes East Hartford and West Hartford then it has over 250,000 people which isn't that small.
True, and the main reason is Hartford has been an insurance financial center for decades. Not sure of its origins in this regard, but my guess is it was the next big stop north of NYC, or perhaps there were tax advantages at some point.
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Westside Grand Rapids
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True, and the main reason is Hartford has been an insurance financial center for decades. Not sure of its origins in this regard, but my guess is it was the next big stop north of NYC, or perhaps there were tax advantages at some point.
Hartford is a "fake" small city to me. It's probably the single best example of why city pop stats are meaningless.
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:17 PM
 
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Not sure I understand your post...you mean Hartford is a fake small city because it is bigger? Or Hartford is just a fake city in general?
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Westside Grand Rapids
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Not sure I understand your post...you mean Hartford is a fake small city because it is bigger? Or Hartford is just a fake city in general?
No no Hartford is not a fake city.

What I mean is that 125k residents make it seem artificially small, when it sit's on an urban area of almost 1million people. It has got to be so frustrating as a Hartford homer to have it dismissed because it's trapped in 18 sq mi.
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Youngstown, OH feels like a much larger city than it is.
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:47 PM
 
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No no Hartford is not a fake city.

What I mean is that 125k residents make it seem artificially small, when it sit's on an urban area of almost 1million people. It has got to be so frustrating as a Hartford homer to have it dismissed because it's trapped in 18 sq mi.
OK thanks for your clarification. I feel the same way. Hartford is an important city in the US for many reasons, including the metro population, but also the insurance giants that still inhabit the city and suburbs.
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