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Old 01-04-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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About a year ago, I made this thread telling everybody that the Sunbelt boom will not end anytime soon.

The Sunbelt Boom is Not Going to End

Well, just recently, Joel Kotlin wrote an article on how things are picking back up in the Sunbelt. Job growth and construction are looking good for the next couple of years.

The Sun Belt's Migration Comeback | Newgeography.com
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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I completely agree with you. There's no reason for people to live in the North anymore. It doesn't exist anymore. There are just as many established cities in the South, with the same number of ready jobs.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Trade has a lot to do with it.

With Mexico, South America and Asia taking over as out top trade partners instead of Europe things are shifting.

Ports along the Gulf Coast and in the west stole the thunder from the Northeast and parts of the Midwest.

Tax incentives, cheap labor and abundant low cost housing also play a major role.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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About a year ago, I made this thread telling everybody that the Sunbelt boom will not end anytime soon.

The Sunbelt Boom is Not Going to End

Well, just recently, Joel Kotlin wrote an article on how things are picking back up in the Sunbelt. Job growth and construction are looking good for the next couple of years.

The Sun Belt's Migration Comeback | Newgeography.com
I've noticed that quite a few of the articles on that site are pro-suburbs and sprawl. I don't take it too seriously. And most of the states and cities in the Sun Belt have high unemployment right now compared to the national average as well as to their Northern counterparts. Also, the recession clearly changed the way we are going to build in the future, as well as alter what we view as important.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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In spite of all this domestic migration from the north to the south that's been happening for years and years, how is it that the northeast remains the most densely populated region in the U.S. and every northeast state keeps gaining population year after year?

It boggles the mind.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I completely agree with you. There's no reason for people to live in the North anymore. It doesn't exist anymore. There are just as many established cities in the South, with the same number of ready jobs.
There's no reason? Yeah places like NYC, Boston, Chicago, Philly and several other smaller cities don't contribute at all to the country's economy or anything like that.

If anything there is more reason for one to live in let's say a place like Chicago over Phoenix. When Phoenix runs out of water, it won't be that you have no reason to live there, it will be that you CAN'T live there. When gas prices continue to go up and up Phoenix won't be so nice anymore. Sunbelt cities have their place just as much as the cities in the north.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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I completely agree with you. There's no reason for people to live in the North anymore. It doesn't exist anymore. There are just as many established cities in the South, with the same number of ready jobs.
?????

Anyway, the "North" continues to offer certain economic and quality of life advantages, though it's certainly not for everybody- no place is.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: The City
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About a year ago, I made this thread telling everybody that the Sunbelt boom will not end anytime soon.

The Sunbelt Boom is Not Going to End

Well, just recently, Joel Kotlin wrote an article on how things are picking back up in the Sunbelt. Job growth and construction are looking good for the next couple of years.

The Sun Belt's Migration Comeback | Newgeography.com
Kotlin; now there is an unbiased contributer

Lets build beltway number 18 in Houston; am sure he would pontificate on his (very one-sided) view for hours on it.

The Sunbelt will continue to grow but typically his love fest with this is a tad one-sided
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Lets build beltway number 18 in Houston...
And have Pittsburghers pay their federal tax dollars to do it too, 'cuz, you know, it's not like I-376 is decades overdue for an upgrade to modern Interstate standards.

As for the "Sun Belt," it'll keep growing briskly simply because fertility rates are higher. Of course, Joel Kotkin will then proclaim that babies vote with their feet.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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The Sunbelt has the highest unemployment rate by region.....what is all this talk about job growth, and what kind of jobs? Look, I have nothing personal against the Sunbelt, but wait for a real revival before spitting this crap out on C-D and pretending that there is a new resurgence going on -- there absolutely isn't one! The "Sun Burnt" cities that concern me the most are still: Phoenix, Las Vegas, much of Florida, and even much of the Carolinas. I think Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and much of the other Sunbelt bigger cities will recover just fine (some haven't even really been hit yet), but I DON'T think they will be nearly as popular as they were in the 2000's.

Guess we'll just have to see....
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