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Old 09-21-2016, 08:21 PM
Location: Montreal/Miami/Toronto
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In Miami people refer to the city of Miami as "the city". But you also have a decent amount of people who consider Miami Beach "the city". Personally when i talk about Miami i just mean the jurisdiction (city limits) of Miami, i don't consider the entire metro as Miami because they're all independent cities.
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Old 09-21-2016, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Mutiny77 View Post
Interesting. I've lived in four major metros and in none of them do people say "the city" to refer to the primary city of the region.
I've rarely heard people do that in DFW (I mean, which core city?). The only times I have it was people sarcastically referring to Dallas as "the city." I have heard people say "the Dallas" or something similar to clarify they mean the city of Dallas, not just the county, but that I'd not because the city and county share a name. Not a given for core cities.
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Old 12-24-2017, 12:51 PM
Location: Reno, NV
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Originally Posted by boulevardofdef View Post
I was going to say pretty much exactly this, minus the part about Chicago (though I've lived there, too). But I want to elaborate: I really consider "the city" to be a contiguous urban area. In Boston there's no separation or significant decline in density between the city proper and Cambridge, Somerville and even Brookline, so all those places would be "the city."

In New York, Hoboken and Jersey City are very dense, but the fact that you have to cross a river from Manhattan and can't even get there via the subway (the PATH is too much of a niche line) keeps them from being "the city." Plus they don't really look like New York, which I find fascinating because they're right there.

In Chicago places like Evanston and Oak Park would potentially qualify, but you have to cross too many areas of decreasing density to get there. I once walked from Lakeview to Chinatown -- it was quite a walk, but I never left a genuinely urban area. Nobody's going to walk from Lakeview to Evanston even though it's approximately the same distance.
Huh? Some of the neighborhoods you'd pass on the way up to Evanston (Rogers Park, Edgewater, etc.) are among the most densely populated in the city, with lots of high-rises. I believe the single densest census tract in the US is in one of those neighborhoods.
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Old 12-24-2017, 12:55 PM
Location: DFW
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For Dallas:

"Dallas" refers to the actual city proper of Dallas

But DFW refers to the entire metro area (not just the city propers of Dallas and Fort Worth.. Denton, Arlington, Plano, etc. all are part of "DFW".)
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Old 12-24-2017, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by gladhands View Post
As a native New Yorker, I've used "The City" to mean Manhattan alone, as well as the city as a whole, but NOTHING outside the city limits.

When I lived in Chicago, "Chicago" meant city proper. Chicagoland was the metro.

Boston is the only city I've lived in where I truly believe that the metro is the "real city", but even then, I really only include Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville.
But in saying "Boston" or "the city" they often are talking the colonial borders, not the current city borders.
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Old 12-24-2017, 09:07 PM
Location: Virginia Beach
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Frequency of use varies, but:

--DC definitely also gets called "The City". It may not be more commonplace than "The District", but it's not foreign...
--in the Mid-South, Memphis is not foreign to being referred to as "the city"...
--Norfolk is considered "the city" in Hampton Roads. Richmond is "the city" in Central Virginia...
--very rarely, but I've heard both Buffalo and Rochester referred to as "the city" but rural Western New Yorkers...
--most def San Francisco. LA also...
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Old 12-25-2017, 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Kar54 View Post
I had an acquaintance years ago that referred to SF as "The City". That's been the only time I've heard it used as such aside from NYC.
Lived in the Bay Area for 20 years, EVERYONE called San Francisco "The City".
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Old 12-25-2017, 07:50 AM
Location: Big Bayou
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Tampa is "the city" where I live, although downtown means downtown St Petersburg.
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Old 12-25-2017, 08:01 AM
Location: Coastal Northeast
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As a native Connectican, “the city” was always New York, specifically Manhattan.
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Old 12-26-2017, 12:32 PM
Location: Denver
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In Louisiana we refer to New Orleans as the city.
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