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Old 12-11-2016, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I was just thinking and I was thinking Salt Lake City offers far more with a population of 190,000 then many cities of half a million people or more with in it's city limits.

For example for malls, they have the huge outdoor Gateway and the massive City Creek Center malls and then just blocks away Trolley Square.

They also have large amounts of businesses at many intersections of the city such as 9th and 9th, 15th and 15th and all along 2nd south.

The University of Utah is a huge university with 32,000 students with one of the largest hospital complexes that I have seen in the nation including a world-class cancer hospital. There are a total of 8 hospitals in the city of differing specialties which is one hospital for every 23,000 residents.

There is also a huge amount of transit rail in the city proper with four rail lines running through the city it seems like unless one is on the westside there is high-frequency rail with-in walking distance.

There are also three massive libraries in the city proper. The Marriott Library is 210,000 square feet and the main city library is four massive floors. The LDS library downtown is also a large destination for research purposes.

The skyline is also rather large for a city of it's size with some cities of a million people or more having less of a skyline.

Omaha also offers a massive amount of amenities for a city of 443,000 people.

At one point there were 5 fortune 500 companies in the city, but there are less now.

There are also a total of 9 universities in the city. UNO, Creighton, UNMC, College of St Mary, Clarkson College, Creighton Medical Center, Nebraska Methodist College, Grace University,

There are also 2 medical schools in the city proper, when there are states such that don't have even one medical school.

Omaha in general has a huge amount of office parks in the city itself also. There downtown, midtown, regency, aksarben, west dodge street.

Other cities that offer alot for their population sizes:

Reno: large skyline for a city of it's size, far more hotels and retail then the typical 200,000 person city, seems to be strong on health care also with several large hospitals.

Sioux Falls: two large hospital systems based in the city, huge banking sector, unusually high amount of retail.
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Old 12-11-2016, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Denver
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There's no way you're going to use city population here. Just ain't gonna work.
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Old 12-11-2016, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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Salt Lake City also anchors a county of 1,107,314 smaller in size than the "city" of Jacksonville. So city limits is misleading.
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Old 12-11-2016, 05:37 PM
 
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There's no way you're going to use city population here. Just ain't gonna work.
Yeah, as Salt Lake City also has a couple of suburban cities that have over 100,000 people and several others in between 50,000-100,000 people. So, doing what you mentioned is somewhat misleading.
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Old 12-11-2016, 05:50 PM
 
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Lovecrowds, you really should read more before you post. Population within city limits isn't relevant to the size of a downtown. Downtowns serve larger areas, close to metro/UA/etc.

Salt Lake City has a pretty minimal skyline for a city of its size. It has a big mall of course.
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Old 12-11-2016, 05:57 PM
 
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Cities that may do good in a thread like this are cities/areas that are more isolated, mid sized "Rust Belt" cities and perhaps major college towns.

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Old 12-11-2016, 06:01 PM
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Location: Miami
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SLC Metro Area is over 1,000,000+
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Old 12-12-2016, 10:28 AM
 
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Rust Belt and Southern legacy cities typically punch above their weight. Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Richmond and New Orleans come to mind.
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Old 12-12-2016, 10:34 AM
 
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I was just thinking and I was thinking Salt Lake City offers far more with a population of 190,000 then many cities of half a million people or more with in it's city limits.

For example for malls, they have the huge outdoor Gateway and the massive City Creek Center malls and then just blocks away Trolley Square.

Those malls are not *uber cool* or anything for other cities to be envious over. They are the reason downtown SLC is usually devoid of pedestrians after work hours and the reason downtown SLC lacks a vibrant retail scene outside of the malls.
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Old 12-12-2016, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Wilmington, DE. Only 72,000 within city limits, but the city anchors a metro population of 720,000, and is also a key cog of a much larger metropolitan area of over 6 million. Large skyline (not very tall, but dense), high speed rail, and a very large banking and eds/meds presence. City limits population isn't completely meaningless, but it's easily the least effective gauge of a city's power and influence.
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