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Old 11-11-2008, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by houstoner View Post
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.
People will never move from cities, the trend has 2500 years behind it. The question is this -- will be begin to build cities in a fashion that will make them solvent again? Do we continue to try to build our way out of congestion with more freeways, or make more sensible decisions. Do we continue to seperate land uses, or create mixed-use areas (the latter being more similar to the model of most small towns). The debate is not an anti-sprawl one, but it is about designing all development better so that it is more conducive to both our lives and the greater good. Small towns are just that -- small. 80% of America lives in a major urban area. That should tell us where we need to focus most of our efforts.
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:18 PM
Location: Upland, CA
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Originally Posted by CNI View Post
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.
I agree with this. Having lived in two of these and having a sister that lives in the other, they all have great potential, but fail to capitalize
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:38 AM
Location: Near L.A.
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Cincinnati is really beginning to realize its potential and use it. The effects are contagious and the redevelopment efforts of neighborhoods and downtown are snowballing. But five years ago it might have been my TOP pick for this list.

The ultimate example I can think of is Detroit.

Others include Philadelphia, Baltimore, Birmingham, and Louisville.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:55 PM
Location: moving again
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Philly, Baltimore, And Louisville (and probably Bham, but ive never been or follow that city), are defienntly realizing their potential. There's no way they could be contenders for doing the least with potential (philly and Baltimore i can speak for, but louisville is just my impression from when i was there because it seemed like a lot of restoration going on)
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