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Old 10-06-2009, 01:16 PM
 
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I've heard this phrase bandied about here. But truly, what consitutes a real city? There are vey few cities are that are "real cities" by implied definition, e.g., NYC, Chicago, SF and maybe 3-4 other US cities. However, there are smaller cities that have elements of what "real cities" are expected to have, although on a small level, i.e., KC, ST. Louis, Seattle, and many others. And then there are larger cities somewhere in between such as DC, Atlanta, Dallas, etc. So, again what in fact consititutes a "real city" and what are the criteria?
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Closer than you think!
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A real city is any place that has a city limit sign.
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Charleston
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I would say that Jacksonville, FL is a faux city.
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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any city with a subway system
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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On City-Data forums, "real cities" are typically associated by members as development that pre-dates the auto culture and its associated suburban planning models.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (wilshire/westwood)
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Atlantis is a real city... so is Nirvana
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I think it would be more accurate to change the world "real" to "traditional".
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Charleston
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Atlantis is a real city... so is Nirvana
No. Nirvana is a state of mind...
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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On City-Data forums, "real cities" are typically associated by members as development that pre-dates the auto culture and its associated suburban planning models.
I don't know...Atlanta was well-developed prior to the auto culture, but it certainly isn't considered a "real city" by many city-data members.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Real cities is where there are many types of transportations like subways, Taxi's, Public Buses, and you are able to access these type of transportation with no problem.
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