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View Poll Results: which city would best fit in with the 5 cities of the Northeast Corridor
Pittsburgh 25 46.30%
Atlanta 6 11.11%
Miami 4 7.41%
New Orleans 6 11.11%
Cleveland 14 25.93%
Detroit 8 14.81%
Chicago 24 44.44%
Minneapolis 7 12.96%
St. Louis 14 25.93%
Dallas 0 0%
Houston 1 1.85%
Denver 2 3.70%
Phoenix 1 1.85%
San Diego 1 1.85%
Los Angeles 2 3.70%
San Francisco 18 33.33%
Seattle 10 18.52%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 54. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-24-2012, 03:13 PM
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Pittsburgh is firmly setting itself as the left arm of the Megalopolis....its top hinterland cities are DC, Philly and NYC in that order ...Give Pittsburgh a HSR connection to Philly/NYC and maybe a spur down to DC and that pretty much seals it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:27 PM
Location: Shaw.
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Yeah, I pretty much agree with that.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:44 AM
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Cleveland, it was once part of the Connecticut Western Reserve and the city, surrounding communities, and housing structures resemble the Northeast and New England very much as well.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:07 AM
Location: Nesconset, NY
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Originally Posted by edsg25 View Post
The Northeast Corridor. Bowash. The Megalopolis. Whatever you call it, the very apex of urban America by any standard is this string of cities, metro areas, and interconnecting towns that run northeastward, in a row: Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.

The region has no peers.

But there is a whole lot of country beyond that narrow stretch of the Atlantic Coast. The model for urban America was basically set by these northeastern cities and transported from greater to lesser degrees to the major cities throughout the US.

If we use the Northeast Corridor as a model, which American cities do you think would fit best in this region based on the urban model they present. This is not a better than/worse than or ranking thread by any means; I have no intention of pitting one city against another here. I'm merely trying to find the cities that offer the type of urbanity of the east coast by whatever measures you use (mine would include density, downtown-centric, mass transit, important cultural centers, walkability, ethnic neighborhoods, sense of place, older buildings,etc.)
I don't think I've ever seen a CD poll that permitted multiple choices.

Cities developed in hilly terrain tend to develop most like those in the Northeast Corridor in terms of 'up not out' and surrounded by relatively small suburbs (NYC being the exception because of flat Long Island to the east). I don't know the DC surroundings to comment on its suburbs.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:58 AM
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I think Cleveland because the East Side resembles northeastern cities to a tee. The strong rail presence and connections to the Western Reserve are a no brainer. Plus its liberal-leaning west side, while not as NE in form, fits in well conceptually.

Pittsburgh I was reluctant because it always seemed a little less liberal to me. I could be totally off base on this. I voted for it, though, because of its history, its dense presence, and old curved streets. It has that WV influence that gives it a dash of another culture.. but I think that would be generally accepted.

SF is obvious to us all I think.

I have a nod to Seattle becuase of its dense urban fabric, and its acceptance of rail. I think Portland might be good too. But to be honest I haven't spent nearly enough time in the northeast to make this generalization.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:10 AM
Location: WASHINGTON, D.C.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:22 AM
Location: The City
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Well in some ways it almost is, but wow that would be a fabulous addition

Maybe like where Albany is...
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:40 PM
Location: Greater Boston
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I think that san francisco could go where new london connecticut is and fit in just fine and give boston an even closer rival. but I would also put pittsburgh, montreal, and Atlanta close to the NEC (about the distance of albany harrisburg or richmond)
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:21 PM
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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London, England
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:38 PM
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Pittsburgh is the closest to the northeast corridor out of all the cities. They identify with a northeast culture along with being fairly liberal and their metro is not a sprawled out mess like st.louis.

I think the next best city might be Cleveland although it fits more with WNY then the NE corridor.

Chicago would also fit well because its a dense city with fairly historic areas and with a hustle and bustle attitude in the the city. The metro area is very small and dense.

St.Louis would never be on the NE corridor. There was a time when st.louis had historic areas galour and people had a busy attitude. There was a time where st.louis would reinvent itself to improve but now all we have is a city that only the city people care about and a huge sprawling metro that is growing slowly on the need of conservative white people wanting to be closer to nature and their mentality of "if a minority moves in the place must be a ghetto area".
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