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Old 06-16-2015, 12:21 PM
 
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To the south and the east, yeah Columbia would probably qualify due to geography (floodplain/low-lying areas to the south) and land use (Ft. Jackson to the east).
Even to the north, go north of Blythewood and you won't run into much before hitting the Charlotte suburbs. West of Columbia is sprawl, though (areas like Lexington).
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Didn't see the 100,000 requirement.

Lincoln Nebraska is another possibility. The city has managed to annex virtually all suburban development, and it has no true suburbs. Still, this is more the case of a small city absorbing its suburbs than having no suburbs at all.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:49 PM
 
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Even to the north, go north of Blythewood and you won't run into much before hitting the Charlotte suburbs. West of Columbia is sprawl, though (areas like Lexington).
Yeah, but you go through a lot a sprawl before you hit Blythewood. It just isn't quite evident going up along I-77.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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Yeah, but you go through a lot a sprawl before you hit Blythewood. It just isn't quite evident going up along I-77.
True, you can see a lot of sprawl to the northeast of Columbia if you glance at Google Maps.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Not quite true cities, but the boroughs of the "coal region" in Pennsylvania have no suburban sprawl at all. They're built out as dense urban neighborhoods, but the economy peaked over 100 years ago, so there was essentially no demand for suburbs. It goes straight from rowhome to wilderness.
Seems like the perfect place for all of those hipsters that dress like its 1870.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:05 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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I'm talking about cities where you can drive out of downtown and be in rural areas within 20-30 miles or so. Only cities with more than 100,000 residents, though. Does this exist?
San Francisco depending on direction:

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.8430.../data=!3m1!1e3

About 25 miles north by road from San Francisco:



On the way, maybe 15 miles:



North direction is the emptiest, but to the south of the city the west half of the peninsula is open space.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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True, you can see a lot of sprawl to the northeast of Columbia if you glance at Google Maps.
Yes, that is perhaps the sprawliest part of the metro area.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:08 PM
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Not quite true cities, but the boroughs of the "coal region" in Pennsylvania have no suburban sprawl at all. They're built out as dense urban neighborhoods, but the economy peaked over 100 years ago, so there was essentially no demand for suburbs. It goes straight from rowhome to wilderness.
North Adams, Massachusetts is the closest New England equivalent. Greatest population loss of any New England municipality, peak was 100 years ago. Nowhere as dense as Mahanoy City, but not much sprawl.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/No...cc94ed!6m1!1e1
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I'm talking about cities where you can drive out of downtown and be in rural areas within 20-30 miles or so.
Essentially everything 30 miles outside of both downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul is rural forest or farmland, with a few exurban communities thrown in.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:23 PM
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Seems like the perfect place for all of those hipsters that dress like its 1870.
Your comment sounds oddly reminiscent of the 1960s hippie scene in California.

"I went up to San Francisco once or twice but I wasn't interested or influenced by the scene there. Whereas in LA you had people freaking out; making their own clothes, dressing however they wanted to dress, wearing their hair out, that is, being as weird as they wanted to be in public and everybody going inseparate directions – I got to San Francisco and found everybody dressed up in 1890's garb, all pretty specific codified dress.

—Frank Zappa, 1965

1978-10 Capitol Theatre program
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