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Old 07-18-2009, 10:15 PM
 
Location: NYC
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The Washington/Baltimore is probably the most prominent example of what I am thinking of.

Technically, Baltimore is the larger city in terms of population.

However, in virtually every other aspect DC is the "bigger" city. Its population is slightly smaller, but that is only because the city is geographically smaller. DC is denser on average and its core neighborhoods are more vibrant. If DC were to annex parts of Arlington, its population would easily overtake Baltimore. Plus, DC has a far larger employment base, w/ the 3rd largest CBD in the county. DC has higher rates of transit usage, etc.

In a way it underscore how underdeveloped DC is as a residential center. It seems with all the advantages it enjoys from being the national capital it would easily have a larger population.

This will probably change in the next 10-15 years, with slight growth in DC and flat to neg growth in Baltimore. Nonetheless as of right now, Baltimore is still technically the bigger city.


The only other example, I can think of would be San Francisco/San Jose divide. Although, that seems a little less clear, since one could argue that Silicon Valley is the economic heart of the Bay Area.

Are there any other examples in the US or around the world?
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Norfolk, Virginia Beach

Norfolk is an urban city of 230,000
Virginia Beach is the sprawlburb next door of 450,000
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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One problem with DC's growth is that there are no skyscrapers. There's limited space for people to live. If they could build higher in DC, the population would skyrocket. It would be nice for those of us that live here as well because the rent could possibly go down and allow more middle class people to live in the city. Now it's mainly upper class and lower class. The only reason I can afford to live here is because I rent a small room in a group house in a "transitioning" neighborhood.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:53 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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One problem with DC's growth is that there are no skyscrapers. There's limited space for people to live. If they could build higher in DC, the population would skyrocket. It would be nice for those of us that live here as well because the rent could possibly go down and allow more middle class people to live in the city. Now it's mainly upper class and lower class. The only reason I can afford to live here is because I rent a small room in a group house in a "transitioning" neighborhood.
well that is an issue in SF too...the reluctance to build taller building and keep all the old ones. drives up the price of housing. there ARE a bunch that are in the works but they aren't there yet. You have a lot more people that want to be in SF that are priced out or simply just can't find what they want. Now throw in a cluster section that has about 25 50 story condo buildings like Manhattan and Chicago has done and... you start to solve some of that. It might have been a better idea to begin with...instead of gentrifying all the neighborhoods.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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DFW. Dallas is the bigger city but we all know Fort Worth dominates the scene.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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DC used to have over 800,000 people back in 1950, before its population declined.
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Jacksonville is Florida's largest city (by population and area) but Miami, Tampa and maybe even Orlando can be considered more city like.
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Houston is the largest city in Texas but Dallas/Fort Worth is the larger metro area and San Antonio is the bigger cultural area.
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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Columbus is the largest city in Ohio, but Cleveland has a bigger metro.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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In the Bay Area, SF gets top billing despite being quite a bit smaller than San Jose.
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