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Old 12-20-2018, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Killeen, Tx
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What are some small/midsized cities or metros of today that in your opinion could possibly be major cities in the future?

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Old 12-20-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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Cities or metros? Too many times on C-D, people address them as one in the same. I just want to make sure I get the distinction right.
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Old 12-20-2018, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Debatable
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Possibly more inland ones if extreme weather continues to intensify and shoreline communities continue to erode into the ocean.
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Killeen, Tx
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Cities or metros? Too many times on C-D, people address them as one in the same. I just want to make sure I get the distinction right.
Either. You could make 2 separate lists if you'd like. Would be interesting to see your opinion for both.
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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Should define "major" as in size/population and/or some other definable criteria. Otherwise, it's a game of perceptions and impressions that vary widely among each of us.

You could look at rapid growth, but even that doesn't mean a city will become "major".

There's also the time factor. In 5 to 10 years, it's unlikely any city would jump ahead that far. Maybe 50 years, 100 years?

This thread is just too vague at the moment.
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Killeen, Tx
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That's why I worded it"in your opinion" because there is no right or wrong answer. You could always state why you chose the cities you picked.
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:11 AM
 
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Possibly more inland ones if extreme weather continues to intensify and shoreline communities continue to erode into the ocean.
This is absolutely the truth. Some seem in denial of this.
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Should define "major" as in size/population and/or some other definable criteria. Otherwise, it's a game of perceptions and impressions that vary widely among each of us.

You could look at rapid growth, but even that doesn't mean a city will become "major".

There's also the time factor. In 5 to 10 years, it's unlikely any city would jump ahead that far. Maybe 50 years, 100 years?

This thread is just too vague at the moment.
The OMB currently qualifies any city that anchors a 2-million plus metro as "major". I'd agree with that...

There's literally no way to guess who will be relevant in a half-century, and who is relevant as a major city now but won't be in a half-century. No way at all...
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Boise comes to mind as a city and metro that has very good prospects for moving into a larger size tier. It is less vulnerable to natural disasters than most of the country, much sunnier and drier than the West Coast but not scorching like the Desert Southwest, while winters are more steady and moderate than areas east of the Continental Divide. There is a well rounded economy in the area, with high tech, food processing, services, government and lots of small to midsized entrepreneurial businesses. The urban core is healthy with great recreational assets, cultural and dining options and very little blight, while still being reasonably priced. Idaho remains a conservative state, but Boise itself is much more moderate and very open to newcomers.

Obviously Boise will not become a peer of the nation's top 10-20 metro areas any time soon, but it is a place on the rise that is likely to be far more prominent nationally in the future. Their ascent follows in the footsteps of some other metros like Austin and Charlotte that had a much lower profile a generation ago than they do today. It is not as common any more to write a headline as 'Charlotte, NC' because there is now much more awareness of this top financial and transportation hub across the country, so mentioning the state is unnecessary. Boise may get to that stage as well eventually.
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Old 12-20-2018, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Killeen, Tx
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I'd also add northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers), Spokane, Wichita.
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