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Old 08-09-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Pittsburgh will be a top-10 city again by 2050! We got the fresh water and the natural gas reserves! BYEEEAAAHHH!!!
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:38 PM
 
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saint louis was a major city in america long before chicago was.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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It lost #2 to LA in 1980 or whatever and no one really cared that much. It might be a ranking status thing - but as far as my daily life and how I live, I really don't care.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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saint louis was a major city in america long before chicago was.
Are you sure? 1890 census estimated Chicago having 1.1 million people. Chicago been a big city for a while now.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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If the fast growing metros of the south (Dallas, Houston) continue to grow at the rates they do, it likely that Chicago will be passed as the number 3 metro, whether that be in 2030, 2050, or even 2070.

What would the impact be? I doubt Chicago residents would simply stand up and leave their city when/if it is passed.

But, will it remain a financial stronghold?
What would the psychological impact of it losing the number three spot be? It's hard for me to think of it being passed by a Houston or a Dallas. I've always known the top three cities in the US and the order: NY, LA, CHI but didn't know or cared who was 4 or 5 until recently.

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It won't matter; Chicago is a very powerful and influential city which Houston can compete with right now and probably won't for awhile. Don't stress about it.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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It won't matter; Chicago is a very powerful and influential city which Houston can compete with right now and probably won't for awhile. Don't stress about it.
Houston can perfectly compete with Chicago, clearly.
Houston has more Fortune 500 companies than Chicago, millionaires growth is stronger, the Texas Medical Center is the world's largest, its population is younger, its housing is more affordable, it's the world capital of energy, and the green energy (the future) is growing very quickly (Chicago is far behind).
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:28 AM
 
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Are you sure? 1890 census estimated Chicago having 1.1 million people. Chicago been a big city for a while now.
st. louis was a larger city than chicago until 1880. it makes sense, since st. louis was founded in 1764 and was well established by the time chicago was founded in 1833. in fact the founder of chicago (dusable) was a st. louis resident and is actually buried in a st. louis suburb.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largest...tion_by_decade

point being, the midwest would be survive if chicago slipped from #3. i don't know why a population ranking even matters that much.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:06 PM
 
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Honestly, who cares?

Does anyone in Philadelphia care that they are smaller than Phoenix or Houston?

Do Phoenix and Houston being larger have ANY impact on Philadelphia's historical significance in the United States?
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Here&There
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Houston can hold the #1 spot, I still wouldn't care about that city.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Does there really have to be an impact? If Houston rises over Chicago in population, then so be it- Chicago's MSA is still nearly twice the size of Houstons (population wise), so it's job market will still most likely be stronger than Houston's, even if Houston's city proper has a higher population. (That may change, but not anytime soon)
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