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Old 11-10-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: BUFFALO, NY
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Buffalo-it's location on the most fresh water resource in the world and renewable energy resources and prominent location -it's just a matter of time before the City BOOMS and there is critical mass everywhere.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:00 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Knoxville, TN...on the edge of the Smokies, situated among beautiful rolling hills, a lovely river running through it, home to the U of TN...and it's one of the homeliest cities I've ever seen.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake, VA
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Richmond, VA.
Norfolk, VA.
Virginia Beach, VA.
No Virginia city will EVER be able to capitalize on its potential with VA's insane laws prohibiting cities from annexation.
The state is run by suburban and rural legislators who are intent on killing urban areas.
Any of the above cities should be a MAJOR player between D.C. and Charlotte/Atlanta.
Especially Richmond. It is on I-95. Has a sizable # (for its size) of fortune 500 companies based there, it is a Federal Reserve city (arguably the most underachieving Fed Reserve city), has a basically undeveloped and underutilized riverfront...I could go on.
Not saying it's all bad. Just a high degree of potential being squandered in VA cities.
Interesting point. I think things are coming around in VA though, as both Norfolk and VB are either revitalizing or spurring new devlopments (Wachovia Center, the Westin and light rail in downtown Norfolk, Town Center and oceanfront development in VB). I don't know about Richmond's development plans. I think that VA's biggest problem is its perception, as it seems that all we're ever thought of is a congested DC suburb with a big navy base, a beach and a historical site in the southeast corner. A lot of the good things going on in the area are overlooked (lots of festivals, lots of art (VCU, even though they're our rival, is an EXCELLENT arts school), tons of things to do (museums, beaches, nature, mountains less than 4 hours away from the ocean, shopping, wineries, just no major sports teams...). That's not even including the caverns, skiing, hiking, battlefields, fishing and music throughout the rest of the state. I wish that both Richmond and Hampton Roads would get some positive attention.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:21 PM
 
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San Jose and Sacramento California.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Los Angeles and to a certain extent San Diego. I just think with the climate and natural setting the cities could be a lot better. There is a lot of auto-oriented development in Southern CA despite it having an ideal climate for people to be outside walking around. LA has a ton of indoor malls despite having one of the most pleasant climates around. I just wish SoCal had denser, more walkable neighborhoods and areas that were really urban like SF or Chicago to take advantage of the amazing climate.
Hmm, good point. That is kind of ironic, now that you mention it!
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:55 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Atlantic City, NJ. Could easily be Vegas at the beach, but they can't get out of their own way. It's SLOWLY turning around, but I don't expect any miracles in my lifetime. It's a shame.
Didn't it used to be, around the same time people used to honeymoon in Niagara Falls?
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:17 PM
 
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I think the fastest growing cities are our biggest failures. Phoenix has 4 million people, and not that much to show for it. Las Vegas almost forgot it has a downtown. These are places with the fastest growing populations in America. At one point, they had an economy that could have supported whatever they wanted to do to improve their cities. What do they have to show for this? I say, if you can't make the best of what you have, give people in your city one way tickets to Saint Louis. They would be happy to take the extra people.
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:34 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I think the fastest growing cities are our biggest failures. Phoenix has 4 million people, and not that much to show for it. Las Vegas almost forgot it has a downtown. These are places with the fastest growing populations in America. At one point, they had an economy that could have supported whatever they wanted to do to improve their cities. What do they have to show for this? I say, if you can't make the best of what you have, give people in your city one way tickets to Saint Louis. They would be happy to take the extra people.
I wonder when this move towards the cities and suburbs will reach critical mass and people will give up and start to return to smaller towns in greater numbers. Who knows? Maybe it's already happening with all the new technologies enabling people to work from home virtually anywhere.
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Los Angeles is allready dense but could be denser
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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Philadelphia.

It's this great historic city in a central location on the Noretheastern Corridor.
There are lots of musuems, theatres, places of cultural interest.
It is very walkable, it has a decent nightlife, great architecture and Fairmount Park.
The city is fairly diverse and has a visible gay population.
There are good schools such as UPenn (Ivy League), Drexel and Temple.
Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore are about an hour away.
Buses, trains and planes frequently run to New York, DC and Boston.
There is a major airport with affordable flights all over the world.
And it's affordable.
Philly is such a diamond in the rough and the best kept secret on the East Coast, in my opinion.
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