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Old 06-01-2007, 07:17 PM
 
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So, they have grown together with no space in between - what is the difference?
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:18 PM
 
Location: In God
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So, they have grown together with no space in between - what is the difference?
The difference is that it's not fair to compare an area against a city. That's cheating, lol. No, but I really don't want to go over this again. Sorry.
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:26 PM
 
Location: moving again
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I certainly would not caterogize Las Vegas as a "Retirement" community. In addition to this, Las Vegas has a large downtown and massive projects are underway there as I speak. It will soon be a real "Showplace", just as the strip is now. And as far as the next top 20 list is concerned, I don't believe Memphis will be a player. That place is about as dried up as detroit is.
speaking of massive projects:

Las Vegas Tower (proposed, 142 stories, 1888 ft, 572meters, and second tallest building in the US if the Chicago spire and this are built)







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Old 06-02-2007, 10:19 AM
 
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God, I hope that never happens.
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:06 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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So, I searched this thread, because I didn't want to read it all, and the only mention I see of Pittsburgh is on the last pages, with the Fortune 500 lists. Pittsburgh certainly was a big, important city from about 1776 until around 1980, when the steel industry crashed. Now it is a shadow of its former self. Dare I say it might replace Miami on the first list? When I was a kid and Pittsburgh was humming, Miami was a vacation spot. Pittsburgh made the steel that went into the cars made in Detroit.
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Old 06-02-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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Here is my theory when trying to figure what makes cities click socially and stay strong economically. Cities have to have what I consider to be a solid "base" to be great.

NYC - great universities, great location, financial capital of the world.
SF/bay area - great universities, great location, one of the tech capitals of the world
Wash DC - great universities, nation's capital
Chicago - great location, great universities, diverse economic base

Same goes for a lot of the others. However, I think it goes even further. Look at the places on the list -- which ones value education & pay their teachers accordingly? A lot of those cities are progressive and able to embrace change better than most places. It is what separates the ones that stay strong from those that decay.

So when I look at the list and try to make comparisons, this is what I come up with:

Seattle - I think in some ways Seattle has already arrived

San Diego - surprised it hasn't been mentioned; very diverse economy (although expensive) - biotech, tech, defense

Charlotte - the new financial capital of the states; it is still a bit sleepy but it has a strong base along with many great universities

Atlanta - has built a very diverse economy; a mecca for university educated young people in the South

Denver - solid mountain west city, maybe a tad isolated

Anything in Texas will continue to be solid - business friendly; excellent schools; strong base economy - oil (although like the Bay area is subject to some downturns), tech & banking, low costs

Nashville/Minneapolis - maybe on the verge, both are nice places to live and boast good qualities of life (even though the weather may not be ideal)

A lot of the others are just too blue collar and don't see to get it. Louisville, for example, is a decent sized city but it really doesn't have a great white collar economy nor does it have a solid university. Not to mention 'ville totally killed its chance of having a beautiful downtown area right on the water when it built the interstates right next to it - totally blocked the public's access.

Cinci is not a whole lot bigger but its economy is much better. Don't know why but it is and has been for some time now. The same can be said, in my opinion, for others on the list. They just don't get what it takes to build a great city -- not a bad one but not great --- and never will.

I think a lot of the old cities are going to stay strong.

Edit - one more thing we should focus on is small business growth in these areas; probably more so than Fortune 500 companies who love to reach a point where they don't grow and cut people loose.

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Old 06-02-2007, 09:39 PM
 
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BTW, I hope New Orleans is on the list for future cities --- please come back!


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Old 06-03-2007, 03:03 PM
 
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God, I hope that never happens.
ditto
I hope they don't go through with it either
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Default just found this

I think I put this in the wrong thread a minute ago....

Travel magazine says Louisville underrated

Shermans Travel, a national publication, calls Louisville one of the "Top 10 Underrated Cities in America."

It ranked fifth on the list behind, in order, Baltimore; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston and Kansas City.



The magazine and its Web site, shermanstravel.com, said: "The Kentucky Derby may be its claim to fame, but the famous horse race isn't all Louisville has to offer.

"This Southern city has loads of small-town charm, a cosmopolitan riverfront district, a diverse art scene, a growing foodie market and its own Restaurant Row.

Also, "Sports lovers should make a stop at the Louisville Slugger Museum; thrill-seekers, take a ride on the world's longest stand up coaster at Kentucky Kingdom; and history lovers, sip mint juleps on a river cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville, a national historic landmark."
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:12 PM
 
Location: college station texas
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I would agree with the 1st list regarding the 10 major cities except I would not have miami on it, I would put Atlanta there instead.
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