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Old 01-20-2017, 01:55 PM
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Though a popular city to kick on this forum, I would say Jacksonville which has exploded with growth over the past several years with lots of highrise construction in/around downtown with more coming as we speak. It's also the twelfth fastest growing city according to the most recent numbers.

Jacksonville, 12th most populous city, is also 12th fastest growing city
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Old 01-20-2017, 05:17 PM
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Old 01-20-2017, 09:46 PM
Location: Nebraska
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Denver has changed much in the last decade. The 2000s in general were pretty rough economically in Denver and very little construction.

Denver in 2016, construction cranes and construction widespread. Lots of new rail transit. Likely, the biggest jobs increase since the gold rush in the 1800s and the neighborhoods are priced so high, it is as if the newcomers think the roads are lined with gold.

Salt Lake City has really became a shining beacon of a metropolitan area. The limited rail is now a regional system covering the entire Wahsatch Range. The downtown is fantastic with City Creek Center and the many new places on 4th south going linking downtown to the university coming on their own.
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Old 01-20-2017, 11:52 PM
Location: Northern US
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Des Moines is a top contender , The demographics have changed and are changing fast. There are large mounts of new construction throughout the city, a such as new 1,100 unit project was announced today by downtown Des Moines, there were several hundred new apartments announced last month in a couple of new projects. It's insane the amount of growth throughout the city. There is massive growth in the suburbs with thousands of new apartments and townhomes getting built along with numerous single-family subdivisions. Ankeny, a suburb of Des Moines, was ranked as the 3rd fastest growing city in the US last year according to the US census.

Des Moines in 2007 was just starting it's revitalization, many areas of downtown were still full of surface parking lots and abandoned buildings. The city ,though it had some pockets of diversity, is not nearly as diverse as it is now(still not the most diverse city, but it's made fast gains in the last two decades). Neighborhoods north of downtown like Riverbend, were filled to the brim with abandoned or rundown properties, and those neighborhoods have been making many gains in the last few years.
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Old 01-21-2017, 10:25 AM
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Austin and Dallas.

In Austin, the growth and success of Downtown spilled over I-35 to the east, as well as south of the Colorado River.

In Dallas, the growth and success of Uptown spilled over to all bordering neighborhoods: Oak Lawn, Knox-Henderson, Deep Ellum, etc. When Klyde Warren Park was built, it was a total game changer for Central Dallas.
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Old 01-21-2017, 11:52 AM
Location: 352
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Charleston, Charleston, Charleston.

In ten years, Charleston has gained: Boeing, Volvo, Daimler, Google, etc. Tanger opened in 2006 and has created a wave of development and investment in the area. Plus you have start ups like Benefitfocus that have taken off. Well paying jobs have sprang up everywhere. The film and tech industry have expanded pretty fast as well.

More investment and expansion for College of Charleston, Citadel, and Medical University of SC, including new student residences, research facilities, and expanded schools. It's especially amazing what's happening at MUSC.

Many new infrastructure projects. Roads, more cruise lines, a new port is being built, new interchanges, the harbor is being dredged. The airport just finished a renovation and expansion. It should hit 4 million passengers this year. The passenger count in 2006 was 1.8 million. Chas finally has west coast flights, 9 carriers, and larger planes and more scheduled flights. Southwest, Jetblue, and Alaska weren't serving Chas 10 years ago. The airport said they were expecting these numbers in 2025, not 2016.

The metro population was under 600,000, but is now at least 760,000. 12% change from 2010 to 2015. Charleston is now considered a top destination and one of the fastest growing in the coutry. Mega communities like Nexton and Carnes have sprang up aren't just bringing homes, but more office and commercial space as well.

Crime is down, investment is up. North Chas was a top 10 dangerous place according to Quinto 10 years ago. Not anymore. Entire Charleston suburbs, like West Ashley, are undergoing a modern change and are bringing in new development and investment. Downtown looks like a completely new place in many areas and King Street has never been more alive. Even the Battery seawall has gotten much needed repairs and the beaches have been renourished.

Of course Charleston is experiencing the growing pains other cities face when this all happens so fast, but still, with all the construction cranes, the energy, the health, it's all positive to see the city healthy. Charleston keeps getting these rankings for a reason. 10 years it was okay, but not really the place to be. 20 years ago it definitely wasnt on the radar. Now, it's hot.

Other cities that have seemed to undergo a radical change in 10 years: Detroit, DC, the Texas cities of course, Seattle, Chicago, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Nashville.
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:05 PM
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Location: where the good looking people are
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:02 AM
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Houston, but it's motto should be "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" or "the more she changes, the more she remains the same."
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:43 AM
Location: Cbus
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Nice to see a lot of positive changes in urban areas across the country
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:17 AM
Location: Toronto
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Originally Posted by djesus007 View Post
From the cities I've lived in, the top 2 are Toronto and Montreal that changed the most, but since I lived in MTL longer I'll write about that.

Montreal has changed like crazy in the past 5-10 years. We've seen the emergence of new hip neighbourhoods (parts of HoMa, Parc-Ex, Mile-Ex, Griffintown, St-Henri, Rosemont/La-Petite-Patrie, etc..). The city got even more diverse than it was before and continues to do so. Downtown is booming again with thousands of people moving in yearly, lots of buildings going up there also, the QDS area with the highest concentration of cultural and art activities on the continent. The coffee culture here is one of the best in the world, along with the food culture and the city is a global leader in AI, tech, aerospace and gaming. There's a lot more but I'll keep this brief.
Seems like change for the better. Toronto has only gotten more and more condos! Loss of many shops and areas that had 'character'. It's just a block and block of glass buildings
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