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Old 12-09-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Is it just me or does America have too many large cities? To me in my personal opinion there are so many cities that look exactly alike (Cincinnati/Louisvile. Columbus /indy. Etc) and I always ask why a I think it leads to decay because there's nothing separating it from other areas. Does anyone share this opinion?
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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Are you for cities that tend to be one large megalopolis? For example, instead of having three separate cities such as Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinatti, the resources that went into building those three separate cities could have been used to build one large city (or metro) in Ohio. Instead of having a town in north NY called Brooklyn and a town in south NY called Queens, the resources went into putting them together and contributing to the city of NYC (I'm not saying that is what happened, I'm just making an example.)
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:21 PM
 
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Are you for cities that tend to be one large megalopolis? For example, instead of having three separate cities such as Cleveland, Toledo, and Cincinatti, the resources that went into building those three separate cities could have been used to build one large city (or metro) in Ohio. Instead of having a town in north NY called Brooklyn and a town in south NY called Queens, the resources went into putting them together and contributing to the city of NYC (I'm not saying that is what happened, I'm just making an example.)
Yeah that's kinda what I mean, to me it sorta makes things look tacky to me having these smaller cities with al these highrises. I do understand Cleveland and Cincinnati being separate(lake and river) but not Toledo and Cleveland or Cincinnati and Louisville .
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:24 PM
 
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For a country our size I don't think we do. It reflects our population pretty accurately. How many large cities does China have that no one has really heard of, or India?Also, Europe has tons of cities that are decent sized. I mean Britain is dominated by London yes, but it has Manchester and Glasgow and Birmingham and Liverpool and others, so would you say Britain has too many large cities
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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For a country our size I don't think we do. It reflects our population pretty accurately. How many large cities does China have that no one has really heard of, or India?Also, Europe has tons of cities that are decent sized. I mean Britain is dominated by London yes, but it has Manchester and Glasgow and Birmingham and Liverpool and others, so would you say Britain has too many large cities
No I wouldn't at all but I do respect your point
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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For a country our size I don't think we do. It reflects our population pretty accurately. How many large cities does China have that no one has really heard of, or India?Also, Europe has tons of cities that are decent sized. I mean Britain is dominated by London yes, but it has Manchester and Glasgow and Birmingham and Liverpool and others, so would you say Britain has too many large cities
This is what I was thinking as well. There's a reason cities were established where they were.

I prefer small to midsized cities so the idea of more megacities and fewer individual cities does not appeal to me.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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If you think it's like that here, you should see China. Tons of cities the average person probably couldn't name with populations close to or exceeding 1,000,000.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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No. There's a reason why we have them. Any town could have been built up into a city, really, but only some were able to make it. It reflects us as a country, I'd say.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:30 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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No but Ohio does
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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No. There's a reason why we have them. Any town could have been built up into a city, really, but only some were able to make it. It reflects us as a country, I'd say.
This isn't true. The vast majority of major U.S. cities grew up around waterways - either natural oceanic/lake ports or along rivers. The reason for this was before the industrial age it was far easier to transport goods and people on water than on land. The few examples of cities which are not on a major body of water tend to either have formed near the nexus of railway lines (like Atlanta), been planned cities around state capitals, or had an important strategic resource nearby (Birmingham).
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