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Old 03-15-2008, 02:53 PM
 
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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).
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Area where a lot of small cities are located very close together like 50k + 60k + 40k + 70k + 50k, no big towns around?

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Old 03-15-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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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).
and
Area where a lot of big cities are located very close together like 50k + 60k + 40k + 70k + 50k, no big towns around?
A prime example of what you are talking about is NW Arkansas, consisting of Fayetteville, Springdale, Lowell, Rogers, and Bentonville, adding up to about 350,000 people. What has happened is it has become and endless sprawling area of McMansions, strip malls, and small office complexes without a dense urban core. The traffic, while mild compared to large metros, is far worse than it should be for a metro that size. NW Arkansas is the epitome of poor urban planning and unsustainability that will become a huge problem in the comming decades after peak oil.
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:23 PM
 
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How about benefits for business is there any benefits in having a lot of small cities close together instead of big one with same population?

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peak oil.
Its unconfirmed theory AFAIK.
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:24 PM
 
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Area where a lot of big cities are located very close together like 50k + 60k + 40k + 70k + 50k, no big towns around?
you consider towns with 50K to 70K "big cities"?
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:25 PM
 
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sorry- do you mean individual suburbs of 50K or so people, that are part of big cities?
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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sorry- do you mean individual suburbs of 50K or so people, that are part of big cities?
Nope my bad i ment "small" cities of ~50k close together but that have population as big 200k city that has almost no suburbs.
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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I think he is referring to individual towns in the 50-80K range making up a sprawling metro region without a core city. Correct me if I am wrong.



NW Arkansas. One big mass of suburbia without a core city.
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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oh I see...hopefully people in NC, Tennessee, etc. and other states where there's not too many really big-big cities but many smaller ones lumped alongside each other, can help you out! Where I live, you either live in an isolated small city of ~50K people where the nearest town is even smaller, or in/ around a metro area of about 3 million.
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Originally Fayetteville, Arkansas/ now Seattle, Washington!
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Yes NWA sprawls, but it is not a big cookie cutter, mcmansion filled area. There are lots of old historic neighborhoods(esp in Fayetteville, the biggest of the towns) and NWA, with a population still behind a city like Little Rock, doesn't have anywhere NEAR the amount of crime that is in Little Rock, which is embarassing for a city its size That being said, the roads in NWA weren't built to sustain the amount of people that are moving there, though its not as bad as it sounds. Nothing wrong with it sprawling as there is still plenty of country area mixed in!! Although if the growth rate in NWA slowed down, that would be fine with me lol.
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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Yes NWA sprawls, but it is not a big cookie cutter, mcmansion filled area. There are lots of old historic neighborhoods(esp in Fayetteville, the biggest of the towns) and NWA, with a population still behind a city like Little Rock, doesn't have anywhere NEAR the amount of crime that is in Little Rock, which is embarassing for a city its size That being said, the roads in NWA weren't built to sustain the amount of people that are moving there, though its not as bad as it sounds. Nothing wrong with it sprawling as there is still plenty of country area mixed in!! Although if the growth rate in NWA slowed down, that would be fine with me lol.

I'm sorry, but with the exception with a few places in Fayetteville near the college, NWA IS a big cookie cutter mess of McMansions, strip malls, and sprawl.
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