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Old 09-13-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Proximity does not have to be a prerequisite, but here's an example with two cities that just so happen to be close to one another....

Fresno/Bakersfield, 110 miles apart - Both in central California and for the most part, are blue collar cities, although Fresno is poorer. Both have a similar population and density (500K to 400K respectively). Both metros have around 1 million people. Both of their land areas are about 100 square miles each. Both have similar weather (mild winters, hot summers), both are landlocked, and both are overshadowed by coastal California cities. Both are more republican then democrat. Both deal with lots of agriculture.
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Old 09-13-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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Atlanta and Houston

both have about the same population, both have gigantic land area, both have sprawling, unstoppable development, both have multiple skylines, both have extremely busy airports, both have many fortune 500 companies....
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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Milwaukee and Boston

Both cities are on a giant body of water, close to first tier cities, close to vacation pennisulas, and have lots of beer.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:52 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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New York-Chicago
Boston-San Francisco
Atlanta-Houston
L.A.-San Diego
Dallas-Minneapolis
Cincinnati-St. Louis
New Orleans-San Antonio
Santa Barbara-Palm Beach
Charleston-Savnnnaha
Cleveland-Detroit
Aspen-Stowe
Colombus-Indy
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Scranton, Pennsylvania and Duluth, Minnesota are a fairly good match.

Scranton leeches off of NYC, which is about two hours from the city. Likewise, Duluth leeches off of the Twin Cities to an extent. Both have roughly 75,000-85,000 residents in their urban cores, although Scranton's metropolitan area is much larger. Both cities have hilly topographies, residents with unfair generally pessimistic and self-deprecating attitudes, and a plethora of historic architecture. Both cities have sketchy white-collar employment opportunities and generally low crime rates.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:10 PM
 
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Buffalo and Rochester, NY
Both old cities both upstate NY
Both have great old architecture and cool neighborhoods
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:17 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Atlanta and Houston

both have about the same population, both have gigantic land area, both have sprawling, unstoppable development, both have multiple skylines, both have extremely busy airports, both have many fortune 500 companies....
I dunno - I might match up Atlanta to L.A, instead.

Like your description, both cities have sprawl, smog, and incredible traffic. Both are still growing. Both have satellite cities. And now, both have a Bravo TV "Housewives of..." season.

Two smaller cites I'd match up are Charleston WV and Chattanooga TN. Both are roughly the same size, both sit in a valley, surrounded by mountains, and on a river. Both even have very similar looking downtown areas. The only difference is Chattanooga has a more thriving tourist industry due to their Aquarium, and Charleston WV does not have that.
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:14 AM
 
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UP Michigan - Maine
Interstate 43 - Interstate 95
Green Bay - Gloucester
Door County - Cape Cod
Milwaukee - Boston
Chicago - New York
Interstate 55 - New Jersey Turnpike
Springfield - Trenton
St. Louis - Philadelphia

See what I am trying to get?
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:37 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Austin, TX always reminded me of a smaller version of San Francisco.
My husband says that Dallas is Oklahoma City on steroids.
If you got into a time machine in Atlanta and set it for 1970, you'd get out in Birmingham.
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Old 09-14-2008, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Dorchester
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UP Michigan - Maine
Interstate 43 - Interstate 95
Green Bay - Gloucester
Door County - Cape Cod
Milwaukee - Boston
Chicago - New York
Interstate 55 - New Jersey Turnpike
Springfield - Trenton
St. Louis - Philadelphia

See what I am trying to get?
No.
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