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Old 07-04-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Shawnee, KS
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Post What cities are evolving into major cities?

Hello, all

Do you have opinions of any U.S. cities that are evolving in population, development, etc.? I think that my home city, Kansas City is starting to flare up in population and development, but I'm sure that it is not going to continue to be as strong as it is because of the economy. The metro has some great development to, both sides, MO and KS. What I wish would happen is to have much much more development in the downtown/plaza/westport area. I would also like to see more population increase in the downtown loop. Denver, St. Louis, and Louisville are some more cities that I have noticed are making strong progress to become great cities too. What are some of you're opinions of some of the smaller cities that are well on there way?
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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What is the definition of a major city?
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:22 PM
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Location: Madison, WI
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Hello, all

Do you have opinions of any U.S. cities that are evolving in population, development, etc.? I think that my home city, Kansas City is starting to flare up in population and development, but I'm sure that it is not going to continue to be as strong as it is because of the economy. The metro has some great development to, both sides, MO and KS. What I wish would happen is to have much much more development in the downtown/plaza/westport area. I would also like to see more population increase in the downtown loop. Denver, St. Louis, and Louisville are some more cities that I have noticed are making strong progress to become great cities too. What are some of you're opinions of some of the smaller cities that are well on there way?
If Kansas City is to grow in the future in needs to get much more density in the Downtown, Plaza, and inner ring suburbs. The current model of "progress" and development in suburban KC is extremely unsustainable. I think KC is making progress over the past 8-10 years.
I agree with your premise there. However, many younger people leave KC because it just does not offer much at all for single people outside of a few small areas. The suburban culture is just much to encompassing.
I think the big growth players and economic drivers in the future will continue to be Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, and Indianapolis.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Shawnee, KS
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What is the definition of a major city?

A larger population than 400,000 to 450,000. Or the metro can have more than 1,500,000.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:51 AM
 
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If Kansas City is to grow in the future in needs to get much more density in the Downtown, Plaza, and inner ring suburbs. The current model of "progress" and development in suburban KC is extremely unsustainable. I think KC is making progress over the past 8-10 years.
I agree with your premise there. However, many younger people leave KC because it just does not offer much at all for single people outside of a few small areas. The suburban culture is just much to encompassing.
I think the big growth players and economic drivers in the future will continue to be Denver, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, and Indianapolis.
You talk about KC's culture being suburban and having little to offer single people then go on to mention Omaha, Des Moines and Sioux Falls??? These places are not even at KC's level let alone that of Denver or Minneapolis.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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Definitely Austin, Texas. 20 years ago that place wasn't even really on the map.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: 602/520
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Kansas City is not a major city at all. Charlotte and Denver are the only two cities that I would say have recently emerged into major cities.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I see you are still oh so happy Fruitlassie, still missing your home here in Omaha? Been back to visit lately?
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Definitely Austin, Texas. 20 years ago that place wasn't even really on the map.

It's still not a major city.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:18 AM
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Location: Madison, WI
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You talk about KC's culture being suburban and having little to offer single people then go on to mention Omaha, Des Moines and Sioux Falls??? These places are not even at KC's level let alone that of Denver or Minneapolis.
Omaha, Des Moines, and Sioux Falls have a much better economy than Kansas City. All three of these cities have been attracting lots of younger educated professionals. Omaha and Des Moines have a good mixture of urban and suburban living options while Sioux Falls tends to be more suburban oriented.
I also prefer to live in a smaller city because I like less stress in my everyday life.
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