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View Poll Results: The quintessential Mid-Atlantic city is:
New York City 2 6.67%
Philadelphia 12 40.00%
Atlantic City 2 6.67%
Baltimore 4 13.33%
Washington DC 7 23.33%
Richmond 1 3.33%
Virginia Beach 2 6.67%
Other 0 0%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-27-2014, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by BajanYankee View Post
In a lot of people's minds, the "Mid Atlantic" does mean the area where the North meets the South. There is no universal agreement on what the "Mid Atlantic" is anyway so I'm not sure why people feel they can speak with such authority on the topic. The one "official" definition we do have, the Census, gets completely dumped on because some people don't agree with it.

It's clear people can mean more than one thing when they say "Mid Atlantic." They could be referring to the academic desingation (NY, NJ and PA). Or they could be referring to the more colloquial understanding that includes places farther South. If referring to the latter, then the Mid-Atlantic is where the North meets the South.
Then there's also the literal translation if one looks at a map of the USA and assesses that the "Mid Atlantic" designation would probably fall quite a bit further south. New York City nor Philadelphia (94 miles SW of NYC) are anywhere near the midpoint of the Atlantic seaboard.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:50 PM
Location: Ohio, USA
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Baltimore is about as middle as it gets.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:57 PM
Location: The City
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Atlantic City
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:42 PM
Location: Richmond, VA
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No, there's no confusion here. Philadelphia has always been considered the quintessential Mid-Atlantic city even if the other cities listed are or have Mid-Atlantic characteristics. Those characteristics are meted off of Philly, I would think in the same way Northeastern qualities are meted off of New York. Even in today's understanding, you might look to Philly first to pick the kinds of things that are Mid-Atlantic. That said, also in a contemporary sense, the Mid-Atlantic is not necessarily or just a subset of the "Northeast," but actually its own region with a distinct set of attributes that overlaps with very specific portions of the neighboring regions.
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