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Old 03-16-2008, 12:59 AM
Location: NWArkansas/Seattle
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Originally Posted by SWB View Post
You both realize that NWA gave us Wal-Mart and Little Rock gave us Mike Huckabee, right? Just checking.
*laughs* Good one.
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:59 AM
Location: Yakima, Washington
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My area fits this description. Metro of over 200,000. But there is no core city, but 3 main cities clustered around the river. Though there is talk of becoming one big city(thus becoming a large town w/o suburbs) all 3 cities refuse to work together as the small town politicians would lose their power in one big city. There fore, the area can't reach its full potential, and its like a giant suburb to nowhere. (Tallest building in two of the main cities are housing projects)
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:10 AM
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Guy's you go far away from topic. I am trying to figure out any advantages or disadvantages of such construction - suburbs without core vs core without suburbs (though both with same population).

It seems like in suburbs without core each city will try to keep its independence (because official don't want to lose their power or smth else) and each city fighting for being better than another, i am not sure if this good or bad though, you think it would evolve better if it was single town?

What are other disadvantages it has, like wages and real estate prices etc. differ a lot in each suburbs that build big area without core? Is there any advantages to this construction (especially for opening your own business)?
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Old 03-16-2008, 10:54 AM
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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The Front Range Urban Corridor in Colorado is a pretty good example of what you are looking for. Of course, Denver is a large city with about 500,000 people but the entire Front Range stretches from Wyoming to Southern Colorado with Denver as the central hub.

Some shortcomings of grouping a bunch of large towns together is that roads do not connect properly, zoning is difficult, expansion is expensive, and school districts can be confusing. Some positives is that there is an abundance of undeveloped areas and countryside is present. Park systems and lakes are usually better and crime is lower because there is no really specific 'bad' area. Fort Collins, Longmont, Westminster, and Boulder are constantly ranked as some of the best places to live in the US. Colorado Springs is too. Plus, Denver is a large enough central city to accomodate big events.
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:46 AM
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by ProperMan View Post
What would be the difference between big city and chain of small cities of same population as one big city?
E.g. City of like 200-300k no small towns around (or they are very very small).
Area where a lot of small cities are located very close together like 50k + 60k + 40k + 70k + 50k, no big towns around?
Honestly I can't really think of an example of an urban core without suburbs so I don't have a concrete example. I'd imagine with a unified government it would be more efficient than a cluster of large towns/small cities for the reasons other posters have mentioned.

Also forgive me if there's a concrete number on this, but I've always thought most places with 40k-60k were towns. Is my perspective on this totally messed up by being from New England where places with larger populations want to stay towns so they don't have to give up town meeting?
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:40 PM
Location: Yakima, Washington
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Does Jacksonville have suburbs?
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:42 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Originally Posted by mustang34 View Post
Does Jacksonville have suburbs?
Yes it does, it has quite a few.

I don't think Amarillo, TX (pop ca. 200,000) has any, or if it does its very few.
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