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Old 05-01-2013, 02:04 PM
Location: livin' the good life
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Originally Posted by motorman View Post
Maybe all of us are overlooking one VERY important fact about Columbus. No matter what its present "city boundaries" are or whether it will ever be a "mega-city" in the far-distant future, one thing I think we can all agree upon (right now, this VERY instant!) is that Columbus is truly the most important, dynamic, cultural and interesting city in...Central Ohio. (Do I hear an "Amen"?!)
Nawww, that title has to go to the city that invented the microwave oven (Tappan) in Mansfield, OH..
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:43 PM
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:41 PM
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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Originally Posted by msamhunter View Post
Why do people always try this. It's not just "political." It is actually more economic as those borders determine who pays what to where. Dublin doesn't have the same budget as Columbus, does not share the same city police department as Grove City outside of County Sheriff's but again, that's at the county level and not municipal. They don't pay for each others schools or infrastructure needs nor have the same representation at the local and state levels. I know people try to make it simplistic (to try and bolster arguments).

MSA has always been a rather poor representation because it's just a collection of counties and far flung counties of any given area tend to actually be more rural and while in the MSA because its county just happens to sit there sits outside of the actual Urban Area of said MSA. Not uncommon for the county closest to the core city to have a more dense suburban style relationship and the opposite end of that same county have literally no association with the core city.

UA would be a better metric.
Agreed. Perry and Hocking counties were added to the Columbus metro this year, but those counties are largely rural and don't feel even remotely connected to the city. UA works better because it is continuous development.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:43 PM
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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Originally Posted by bjimmy24 View Post
Shenanigans. Columbus has a population about 175,000 greater than Boston. The city limits of Boston are 48 sq miles of land, Cbus is 217 sq miles of land. But anyone who has been to both cities for 5 minutes knows which one is "bigger." It really is purely political line drawing. Surrounding cities think they can govern themselves better, which they are allowed to do. Older cities have this happen a lot more, where towns in the same area developed at the same time, but one became dominant (usually due to a better location for natural resources or a body of water). In some cases, like Brighton and Allston in Boston, those towns are annexed to the city. But not every surrounding city is so keen to give up their "independence." However, you're quite mistaken if you think people from, let's say, Cambridge, don't spend a lot of time and money in Boston. Surrounding areas are very much interconnected, even if they are not within a political boundary.
If you used the UA metric, Boston would be the obvious larger city. City boundaries are so drastically different and don't encompass the entirety of the urban landscape. Metro areas include way too much that is not urban whatsoever. Metro areas include all the areas in which a central city has some influence, but it's not a good way to measure the size of a city.
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