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View Poll Results: Which Metro area is better?
Dallas-Fort Worth Mertoplex 106 72.60%
Phoenix Merto 40 27.40%
Voters: 146. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-17-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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This is a draw. Both are good emerging cities. Question is who will be bigger later on?
I think DFW will be bigger!
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I think DFW will be bigger!
Me too. But Phoenix-Mesa is growing like no tomorrow.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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Me too. But Phoenix-Mesa is growing like no tomorrow.
I know! Why are they growing so fast?
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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This is a draw. Both are good emerging cities. Question is who will be bigger later on?
Well, considering that this seems to be a comparrison of metro areas, thats not a question. DFW has over 2 million more residents than metro Phoenix. DFW has added more people to its metro than any other in the US since 2000 (1.13 million), however Phoenix is in 3rd place in that catagory with 1.08 million added and thats absolutely astounding too.

But DFW will pretty much always have more people.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:30 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I think the only major game-changer Phoenix can have for becoming larger than the DFW is if there is some massive innovation in the solar energy industry which would give the southwest a major boon.

As of now, DFW will have more people, more affluent people, a stronger economy, and all the amenities that come with those.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I think the only major game-changer Phoenix can have for becoming larger than the DFW is if there is some massive innovation in the solar energy industry which would give the southwest a major boon.

As of now, DFW will have more people, more affluent people, a stronger economy, and all the amenities that come with those.
It would take that, plus DFW adopting Detroits immigration trend for Phoenix to become bigger. Phoenix will continue to boom, but so will DFW. That why I dont think it will ever be bigger.
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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I believe Joel Kotkin "The Next Hundred Million" is predicting Dallas metro will pass Chicago metro in population by or before 2050. I've also read from another source that Dallas will be gaining a million people every six years..who knows?
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Funky Town, Texas
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I believe Joel Kotkin "The Next Hundred Million" is predicting Dallas metro will pass Chicago metro in population by or before 2050. I've also read from another source that Dallas will be gaining a million people every six years..who knows?
It’s going to be very interesting. Texas is the top location for corporate headquarters looking to relocate. I really feel the way that DFW is set up I don't feel anyone will be able to sustain growth the way DFW has been able too. Think about it? Fort Worth is getting ready to really explode from Downtown Fort Worth up to the alliance corridor. Dallas is getting denser and uptown Dallas is really booming. What I am noticing in DFW is both major cities are upgrading the cores to attract these big corporations back into the inner city. I believe in the future there will be a major separation between DFW the 4th largest metro area and the rest of the pack beneath them.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think the only major game-changer Phoenix can have for becoming larger than the DFW is if there is some massive innovation in the solar energy industry which would give the southwest a major boon.

As of now, DFW will have more people, more affluent people, a stronger economy, and all the amenities that come with those.
^ True.

The same could be said about the DFW area. If an efficient and affordable natural gas powered vehicle is ever developed. The area around DFW has some of the largest natural gas reserves in the US.

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This is another apples to oranges comparison.

I voted DFW, I prefer the economy, central location, more lush vegetation and rainier weather.

Phoenix does have a cool New West/ Old West vibe. Also, the desert scenery can be amazing.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:53 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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Metro Phoenix. I spent some time in the Metroplex this summer. I was surprised at how cosmopolitan it was and how many attractive neighborhoods there were. I loved how active downtown Fort Worth was. However, traffic was unreal all the time, the humidity was too high, the pollution was disgusting, the weather got violent (there was nearly a tornado), the Metroplex is far from anything of interest (Houston or the Gulf of Mexico), and the natural landscape was dull.

Metro Phoenix has much more varied natural scenery, traffic is MUCH more manageable, infrastructure is light years ahead of the Metroplex, the weather is a lot calmer, Phoenix is close to a plethora of points of interest (Grand Canyon, Vegas, Flagstaff, the beaches of Mexico and Southern California, Los Angeles, and San Diego).
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