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Old 01-09-2017, 09:04 AM
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Originally Posted by michgc View Post
The OP asked about tourist dollars. I worked retail in Tysons. We had shoppers from all over the US and the world. And I would talk to the customers plus we asked for zip code when they checked out. They were visiting DC for leisure or business and added in a stop at Tysons to shop at some of the specialty stores there - LL Bean, American Girl, Versace, Tiffany, etc. It is absolutely a draw for out-of-town visitors.
I was at Tyson's mall recently, only go over there about once a year, but wow the diversity. I would have to say that could be the most ethnically diverse shopping mall that I have been to in the U.S., and I have been to malls from coast to coast.

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Old 01-09-2017, 09:20 AM
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Originally Posted by NigerianNightmare View Post
I personally wouldn't count things like Mountains and Beaches as taking a at from ththe city since they ar natural things that are very edpensive, although "possible" the to remake within city borders. I think things like Amusement Parks, Stadiums, Airports would make more sense. Also I would disagree with most malls as, Malls are meant to serve a specific population threshold (that is a lot smaller than Airports/Stadium etc.), but I would instead argue Stores or mall amenities that should have been in the city mall/ shopping center instead of a suburban mall IMO.
Depends on the mall, probably. For the Mall of America (Bloomington), it has absolutely destroyed shopping in the city center (Minneapolis), which used to be among the better shopping districts in the country. Minneapolis has to be one of the only cities in the country whose downtown has grown in population (over 40,000) but has LOST retail in terms of net SF, most recently losing Macy's and Barnes & Noble. Minneapolis has not (and will not) compete with the malls in the suburbs (and especially the MOA) for shopping dollars. It has to have its own niche to thrive, IMO.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:55 PM
Location: 130 Miles E of Sacramento
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I'd say Orange County, CA for having Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and world famous beaches like Huntington.
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Old 01-16-2017, 12:28 PM
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Thank you Kedawgg for FINALLY mentioning the Orange County draws from Los Angeles City proper. It is hard to compete with Disney Land!
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Clayton white guy View Post
Thank you Kedawgg for FINALLY mentioning the Orange County draws from Los Angeles City proper. It is hard to compete with Disney Land!
OC was specifically mentioned on page 4. But yeah, the LA area is probably the #1 example here and demonstrates how dynamic that whole area is.
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:34 AM
Location: Boston, MA
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Originally Posted by Borntoolate85 View Post
Other popular suburban DC destinations:

-National Harbor (especially now with the new MGM Grand casino)
-Potomac Mills mall and a nearby minor league baseball team
-Mount Vernon
-Old Town Alexandria
-Six Flags America
-Wolf Trap
-Jiffy Lube Live and Manassas Battlefield
-Downtown Bethesda and Silver Spring
-Laurel racetrack
-FedEx Field (Redskins and other concerts)
-University of Maryland's college sports
-The numerous golf courses in the area, with Congressional the most famous

Shared with Baltimore:

-Merriweather Post Pavillion
-Maryland Live Casino (and also with Baltimore)
Can't believe you left out the Civil War battlefields.
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:35 AM
Status: "Bye Bye Warriors" (set 19 days ago)
Location: where the good looking people are
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LA metro is just so much better than everywhere else. Even the burbs kill it.

If you took away LA and just left the burbs it would still be second only to NYC
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:47 AM
Location: Murrieta California
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I believe that Los Angeles is number 1 by far. There are relatively few tourist dollars spent in the city compared the areas outside like Anaheim ( Disneyland ), etc., etc.
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Old 01-19-2017, 01:29 AM
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I agree with all the people saying LA. Sometimes it's hard to tell which neighborhoods are part of LA and which ones are actually separate cities. LA has a weird setup tho where many places that aren't actually part of the city of LA (ex: Beverly Hills + West Hollywood) are kind of surrounded by LA city limits.
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Old 01-20-2017, 12:59 PM
Location: Houston, by way of New Orleans
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Houston has many great surburbs, however, they do take away some tourism, but many many dollars and scholars that could enhance the city.

These are the main suburbs in Houston that has this effect:

1. Katy
2. Sugarland
3. Clear Lake/Friendswood/Kemah Area
4. Pearland
5. Cypress
6. The Woodlands
7. Humble/Kingwood
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