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Old 10-13-2018, 04:50 PM
 
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For example, I'm thinking of Phoenix which really is more like a big suburb, with sprawl, and a lack of an emphasis on a downtown, as opposed to a core with suburbs, and a specific traffic pattern of people coming in the morning and leaving in the evening in one direction.



Where else is decentralized?





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Old 10-13-2018, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas
Pretty much ever sun belt city is decentralized . Really pretty much every city except a handful. But as to “most decentralized” I think that Phoenix is the right answer for really big cities.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:01 PM
 
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Pretty much ever sun belt city is decentralized . Really pretty much every city except a handful. But as to “most decentralized” I think that Phoenix is the right answer for really big cities.
I don't know. I would say Los Angeles. If we define it as a city where the Downtown is disproportionately unimportant, LA has tons of nodes well outside of Downtown.

Phoenix Metro has lots of nodes - Scottsdale and Tempe, to name two, but they're outside city limits.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I don't know. I would say Los Angeles. If we define it as a city where the Downtown is disproportionately unimportant, LA has tons of nodes well outside of Downtown.

Phoenix Metro has lots of nodes - Scottsdale and Tempe, to name two, but they're outside city limits.
I can see that but Central Los Angeles has about 800,000 people living in about 40 square miles. That separates it from most sunbelt cities which lack similar density and tend to have pretty much the same density everywhere.
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:01 AM
 
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San Diego and Dallas
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:28 AM
 
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Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas
All these cities spread to high heaven but I don't think any of them are decentralized like Dallas.
Look at the transportation maps for Houston, Atlanta, even LA and they zero on the central city. Dallas is undoubtedly the major core of the metro but the metro is certainly not built to center on Dallas.

The suburban cities in Dallas are far better integrated with the central cities than say in Houston.
For example the transportation system in Dallas is regional while in Houston all roads lead to downtown Houston and the buses don't usually venture outside the city limits. The airports, the sports stadiums, the major, parks, zoos, shopping areas, fancy restaurants etc are all aimed at the city, almost all the universities are around downtown. In Dallas on the other hand the better zoo is in Tarrant county, stadia are spread all over the place, the universities are spread, new hip clubs and restaurants pop up all over the metro.
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:35 PM
 
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San Francisco is multi-nodal despite also having a great center. The Silicon Valley is collectively a key center of gravity, along with secondary cores around the bay, particularly in Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose...
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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It depends on what measure.

In terms of jobs, a study by Brookings found that Detroit was the most decentralized

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Old 10-14-2018, 12:48 PM
 
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It depends on what measure.

In terms of jobs, a study by Brookings found that Detroit was the nost decentralized
I can see that. Jobs and people left Detroit for the suburbs.
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