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Old 06-28-2007, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Henderson NV
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Falling below half their population over past half century-manufacturing, or...
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Old 06-28-2007, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I kind of think people are leaving those areas because of a lack of jobs. There seems to be a certain amount of moving to get a job some place. Now I don't know much about this since I've never moved for that reason.

I wonder if those cities will become ghost towns in the future?
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Old 06-28-2007, 03:46 AM
 
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They need immigrants.
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:02 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Actually, St. Louis is now gaining in population for the first time in a long time. I'm actually expecting these other rustbelt cities to do the same thing.
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Old 06-28-2007, 12:13 PM
 
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Jobs are a factor, but so is suburbanization. These cities lost pop at a very high rate, but most of their Metro areas actually gained. The boundaries of most of these cities were fixed 100 years ago or more, so they've been developed for a long time, unlike Sunbelt cities which annex their suburbs.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:15 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Pittsburgh's metro area has been losing as well, though not at such as great a rate. It has been a topic of heated discussion on the Pittsburgh thread.
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Old 06-28-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Actually, when I think of the cities, I count the whole metro areas, not just the cities themselves. Take that into account, and all of these cities are gaining in population practically every year. Honestly if you ask me to ignore the metro areas and take into account just a small contained area of it is an extremely narrow-minded way to judge a city. The metro area tells the full story, not the city.
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Old 06-28-2007, 03:56 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I agree to a point with ajf131; however, the Cleveland metro area has decreased in size as well. It is not true that all sunbelt cities are annexing their suburbs, either. Denver has not annexed in 30 yrs or so. An amendment to the Colorado constitution made it very difficult for Denver to annex.
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Old 06-28-2007, 05:36 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I agree to a point with ajf131; however, the Cleveland metro area has decreased in size as well. It is not true that all sunbelt cities are annexing their suburbs, either. Denver has not annexed in 30 yrs or so. An amendment to the Colorado constitution made it very difficult for Denver to annex.
The Cleveland metro area has decreased in size? Guess my cousins, aunt, uncle, and grandmother don't even know the statistics of their own city!
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:16 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The Cleveland metro area has decreased in size? Guess my cousins, aunt, uncle, and grandmother don't even know the statistics of their own city!
Not if they think it's growing. That's not to say individual areas aren't growing, but i just looked this up today. I found some census bureau stats.
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