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Old 05-29-2013, 12:08 AM
Location: Jersey City
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Originally Posted by eschaton View Post

There would be a lot of options in New Jersey. Most of Hudson County is effectively one urbanized area, and should be a mega "Jersey City."
That's how Jersey City came to be in the first place. Van Vorst Township, Greenville Twp, Hudson City, and Bergen City merged into a mega "Jersey City" in the mid 1800s. The idea was more towns would join, but I think they started getting cold feet.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:11 AM
Location: San Francisco
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Originally Posted by stlouisan View Post
Los Angeles and San Diego.
That's stretching the definition of "adjacent" a bit. Not only are the two city centers 121 miles apart, but there is a large "buffer zone" (consisting mostly of Camp Pendleton) between them. And good luck getting the citizens of Orange County to agree a merger.

It would make far more sense for LA to absorb all of the ridiculous little citylets in the vast nowhere that is east LA County. Starting with Bell, and going on to Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Industry, Commerce, Paramount, Pico Rivera, etc. etc. etc.

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Old 05-29-2013, 07:05 PM
Location: south central
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I don't know if most of the people suggesting a Boston-Cambridge merger are from around here, but I just don't see why they should or would. To clarify for outsiders, yes I tell them Cambridge is just part of the city, it's contiguous in that sense, but there are clear borders of identity that make it seem sort of silly to merge these two. Even enormous cities like Los Angeles, that incorporate areas of dramatic difference, have parts like Beverly Hills and West Hollywood that are separate from the municipality largely because of identity/financial issues. Brookline is a similar case though I could see that working maybe possibly. If a merger were to happen the one that makes the most sense would be to merge Suffolk County, so Chelsea, Everett, Revere, and Winthrop, in Boston. At the least, Chelsea and Everett. But even that I don't think is necessary or needs to be a priority right now.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:57 PM
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St. Paul should adopt a consolidated city-county with Ramsey County, like Indianapolis. Golden Valley and St. Louis Park should be annexed by Minneapolis. Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Robbinsdale, New Hope, and Crystal should consolidate. Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Columbia Heights, and Hilltop should consolidate and join Hennepin County.
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:51 PM
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Let's see now.....

Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Poquoson, and Williamsburg.

Richmond, Tuckahoe, Mechanicsville, Laurel, Glen Allen, Petersburg, Chester, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights.

Washington DC and Arlington County.

Baltimore, Pikesville, Baltimore Highlands, Arbutus and Brooklyn Park.

Detroit and Wayne County (including all cities and townships).

Buffalo, North Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls.

Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Lakewood, Brooklyn, East Cleveland, and Euclid.

Counties merging into one city:

Virginia - Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun.

And for giggles:

What if "inside the Beltway" were a city? - Greater Greater Washington
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:43 PM
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Central Falls, RI was almost absorbed into Pawtucket, RI a few years back after Central Falls declared bankruptcy.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:40 PM
Location: The Springs
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Salt Lake City and the dozens of suburbs in the SL Valley.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:44 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If cities in Hampton Roads started merging, the entire area would have one giant conniption.
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:39 PM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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For New England cities......

Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, East Providence, North Providence, and Warwick - they are all mostly urban adjacent cities and would put Providence with a city population at about 450,000 within about 100 square miles.

a Hartford and West Hartford merger would never work out, so forget that.

Portland and South Portland, Maine. SP is essentially just more Portland with malls and an airport.

Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski, VT. It's all Burlington.

I can easily see Cambridge and Somerville fitting right into Boston, and throw Chelsea in for good measure. I wouldn't go beyond that. Brookline merging into Boston would never happen. The urban fabric spills over into Winthrop, Revere, Quincy, Everett, Medford, and Malden. This would put Boston's city population at well over a million.

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Old 04-14-2015, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by DinsdalePirahna View Post
St. Louis City and all the little Fiefdoms in St. Louis County
Unfortunately, the Missouri State Constitution froze the St. Louis city limits, and forbids any further annexation or expansion.
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