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Old 08-10-2017, 09:25 PM
Location: Northern United States
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In the Western portion of the Midwest(west of the Mississippi) there seems to exist a corridor of high growth, succesful urban areas. Sorta like the sunbelt but in the Midwest.

These cities would be- Minneapolis/Twin Cities, Kansas City, Omaha, Madison, Des Moines, Rochester, Cedar Rapids, Lincoln, Iowa City, Sioux Falls, Fargo, and Ames.

These cities all have (relatively) high population growth with growing suburbs and cores. They have revitalized downtowns with many renovations and new construction. All of these areas have at one time or another been known as boring or dull cities, but in recent years have been redefined as desirable or "cool" areas now. Along with population growth, these cities have grown much more diverse in recent years.

Do you agree with the idea(is it actually a corridor/region) of this "corridor"? And what are your thoughts on it?

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Old 08-11-2017, 01:28 AM
Location: Yakima WA
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Extremely low unemployment is a factor in the surprising growth of the West North Central region.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:04 AM
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I grew up near Rochester and I now live in the Twin Cities.

The biggest difference between this region and the Eastern Midwest is that these communities were never decimated by the manufacturing implosion like Rust Belt Cities. They've all built relatively modern employment bass (education, medical, finance, tech). Lots of rural areas around that funnel kids into the cities for college and career.

Most small town kids (like me) that go to college migrate to a larger population center regionally around here. So there's an influx of educated workers who are likely to put down roots in their new city because their families live close. I see it all the time - half my neighbors have extended family in the rural areas and they intend to stay in the Twin Cities at least till they retire.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:34 AM
Location: Maryland
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I'm not sure I agree with the idea that is a corridor or region (and Madison is obviously well east of the Mississippi). The driver of growth seems to be different depending on whether it's energy related (ND/SD), college town related (Madison, Ames, but then you could throw in a smattering of college towns in IL, MI, OH, and IN for that matter), or simply urban expansion (Mpls/KC). Because I don't believe the growth pattern is homogeneous, I'm hesitant to call it a region/corridor.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:17 AM
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You are describing the "Grain Belt".
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