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Old 07-04-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth
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If y'all are talking about city size it will take a long time for Houston to reach Chicago and by Metropolitan size Dallas-Ft.worth Metro can pass Chicago in a little, DFW is the fastest growing Metro in USA and it's even predicted that Ft Worth can Reach Dallas by 2030, even with the economy being bad Dallas and Ft Worth at still gaining business. No Dallas cant pass Chicagi but Dallas-Ft Worth can if they grow at a steady rattle they might even pass LA and most articles I've read claim that DFW can Pass Chicago and Maybe LA, and y'all can put everything y'all want but DFW is growing fast.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Im from Chicago and I see Houston passing Chicago in the near future, unless Chicago city wide starting push forward with gentrification.Houston in land area is almost twice the size as of Chicago. I think the biggest impact it will have on a city is its ego.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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^ Yes, but this thread is not talking about Metro it's talking about city center. And I was only talking about Canada/US but if you include Mexico then Toronto is destined to become the 4th largest city on the continent while Chicago will fall to #5. By having a growing city center, this is the heart of the city. It shows that the downtown is healthy and glowing. If people actually live in the city limits, it brings business back to the core and creates more commercial and residential growth, allowing skylines to expand and grow. This is a good thing for any city to be growing in population. It's not always about the metro sub-burbs 100 miles away from the actual city.
Unabated growth does not always equal a "downtown [that is] healthy and glowing," ...especially if cities are simply annexing land and spreading outwards instead of in the center. And how is allowing skylines to expand and grow a sign of health in a city? There are many cities that are important and healthy that don't have towering skylines like NYC, Toronto, Chicago etc. I think your correlation vs. causation should be reexamined.

I feel that the exact population of the city core, especially for cities that do not continue to expand their municipal boundaries, is of little consequence. Chicago will remain an extremely important metropolitan area regardless of whether or not it is listed as the fourth, fifth, sixth (etc.) largest city in North America. I mean, is Toronto any less important because it is fifth? No. Is San Francisco any less important because its boundaries cause its population only to be ~ 800,000 people and not 1, 2, 3 or more million? No.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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There is no impact, period. The cities don't change just because of their ranking.
Yep. Except for the hugest homers who will commit mass suicide or hold parties the day places change, most people will probably go on with their daily business and the cities will probably be the same as they were the day before they switched rankings.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:23 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Populations in 2011:

Chicago-Naperville-Michigican City, IL-IN-WI CSA : 9,729,825

Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia DC-MD-VA-WV CSA : 8,718,083

Boston-Worcester-Manchester MA-RI-NH CSA : 7,601,061

San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA CSA : 7,563,460

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX CSA : 6,887,383

Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland PA-NJ-DE-MD CSA : 6,562,287

Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX CSA : 6,191,434
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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^^ If the population trends continued this year, I will not be surprised if DFW CSA hit 7 million this past Sunday. If not, it's very close to it.

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^ Yes, but this thread is not talking about Metro it's talking about city center. And I was only talking about Canada/US but if you include Mexico then Toronto is destined to become the 4th largest city on the continent while Chicago will fall to #5. By having a growing city center, this is the heart of the city. It shows that the downtown is healthy and glowing. If people actually live in the city limits, it brings business back to the core and creates more commercial and residential growth, allowing skylines to expand and grow. This is a good thing for any city to be growing in population. It's not always about the metro sub-burbs 100 miles away from the actual city.
There is no such thing as not including Mexico though. Mexico is in North America therefore Mexico City is ranked higher than Toronto in population size in NA.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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There is no such thing as not including Mexico though. Mexico is in North America therefore Mexico City is ranked higher than Toronto in population size in NA.
As a matter of fact, so is Washington, D.C. for CSA population.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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San Antonio Austin Corridor, New Orleans will become a boom town; Raleigh/Durham and Houston will just boom.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Austin
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San Antonio Austin Corridor, New Orleans will become a boom town; Raleigh/Durham and Houston will just boom.
Yeah, there's alot of growth. New Orleans growing faster it could oneday connect to Baton Rouge. The Austin/ San Antonio corridor already has more than half the Bay Area population with 4.2 million and Raleigh/ Durham will continue to grow as well. I can see the Research Trianlge doubling it population within 40- 50 yrs.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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D/FW will pass Metro Chicago

Houston will pass the City of Chicago.

Will that make them surperior urban destinations? No.

Nothing will change except the rankings & bragging rights.

I'd love to be able to say Houston is the 3rd largest US city & Chicago is 4th though!
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