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Old 12-09-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:43 PM
 
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Syracuse, because, while the city has lost about 80,000 people since its peak in 1950, the metro population has been holding steady for about 40 years. It's at the crossroads of Upstate NY. It is within 6 hours of NYC, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, DC, Philly, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston and Pittsburgh, among others. Has a world class institution of higher learning in Syracuse University. Has a relatively lower crime rate than many city centers of similar size. Still has many livable neighborhoods within city limits. Has good school systems in the area and even some of the city schools are still good enough that a child can get a quality education. It slowly, but steadily transforming from being a blue collar type of city to one of services and alternative energy options. It's seeing expansions at Syracuse University and with the SUNY Upstate Hospital. Has a great program called "Say Yes to Education" that is starting in the city school district that will help pay for a child's college education, depending on how long the child is a student in the district. Similar to the Kalamazoo Promise which does the same thing. Is surrounded by 13 4-year institutions of higher learning within an hour of the city. There's much, much more......
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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I think it's too late to save Detroit and it will take decades to get New Orleans back to the level it was at before Katrina, never mind improving the situation. Baltimore however is in a prime spot for a come back. The D.C area is getting out of hand in terms of cost of living, so it's possible that Baltimore might start attracting young, educated people who want to live in that area who can't afford D.C. They already layed the ground-work with the Inner Harbour development, they just need to expand on that.
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