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Old 06-21-2015, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Western NC.
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Cairo is an odd place with those huge flood gates that drop down on the road. Made me think of the King Kong movies keeping the monster gorilla out of the village!
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:15 PM
 
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What happened to Cairo? It's got a prime location, but the city looks practically decimated.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Cairo, IL. Why did it take this long for somebody to mention Cairo, at the base of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, after the Missouri joins the Mississippi in St. Louis? Cairo and Chicago -- both in IL -- are two amazingly located cities, and I cannot believe Cairo is still obsolescent today!
I had forgotten about it but this is a great city for this thread. I've always wondered why no city developed there. It seems like such a logical place for one. Maybe not in the exact place of Cairo but somewhere right in that area.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:49 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Manhattan how does everything fit on that island, amazing how they make made all that work. SF has an amazing geographical location as well.
I agree with this as well. I like all the island and peninsula like cities, and I would add Charleston, SC to the list as well. Charleston layout looks pretty neat looking at it from a map, and I would also add the city of Miami Beach.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis
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I had forgotten about it but this is a great city for this thread. I've always wondered why no city developed there. It seems like such a logical place for one. Maybe not in the exact place of Cairo but somewhere right in that area.
The city that "should have developed at Cairo" is actually St. Louis. Its something thats not considered much in the rest of the country where rivers stay about the same size but the Mississippi in this part of the country is crazy. The rainwaters of an entire continent drain here so the amount of water is highly variable. Historically, it sidewinded and changed course often and during flood years, it'll become 10 times as wide.



The lowlands of this area, where Cairo is, are very vulnerable to flooding. Just a few years ago, the army corps of engineers had to blow up a few levys and sacrifice tons of farmland to save Cairo from being washed away. For the same reason, you'll never see a lot of development happen in East St. Louis in the future because the threat of flooding would make any city built there be highly vulnerable.

St. Louis was built on an even better location geographically. There just happened to be this lump of high ground at the meeting of 3 major rivers (the Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois and 2 minor rivers Meremec, and Des Peres) Even when the area around St. Louis becomes one big lake, the city is spared:

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Old 06-21-2015, 08:19 PM
 
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Istanbul, Turkey also have a very interesting layout spanning two continents.
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