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Old 05-05-2007, 10:21 AM
Status: "Summer!" (set 26 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Just asking: what makes Philadelphia an economic powerhouse? And why (this to Rawlings) is Detroit on the "B" list twice? I'd take them both off and add Denver. Your problem with Denver is you know it too well, Rawlings. These other places don't have a "Sex and the City" lifestyle, either.
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Just asking: what makes Philadelphia an economic powerhouse?

Fair question. Philadephia is the core of the 5th largest economy in the usa. Strongpoints include pharmacuetials,communications(comcast HQ- and former Verizon/Bell Atlantic HQ), venture capital,petroleum + natural gases,manufacturing,shipping (rail + port),law firms,banking,healthcare, education among others.

80 + colleges and universities in the metro including #2 nationally ranked Princeton and #4 ranked Penn. 3 of the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the country Swarthmore,Haverford,Bryn Mawr.

Its 4 Pa. suburban counties, 4 NJ suburban counties and New Castle County DE. are in the top 1% of wealth concerning US counties.

Top 5 arts + culture city
Top 10 in tourism
Second largest public transportation system in the usa.
Outstanding nightlife in Center City

Seen one character post Philadlephia 16th on his list of important us cities which boggles the imagination.

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Old 05-05-2007, 01:15 PM
Status: "Summer!" (set 26 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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OK, I forgot about the pharmaceuticals. Funny I should as I work in health care! I didn't know about Comcast. Qwest is the big deal out here. Thanks.
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Old 05-05-2007, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Just asking: what makes Philadelphia an economic powerhouse? And why (this to Rawlings) is Detroit on the "B" list twice? I'd take them both off and add Denver. Your problem with Denver is you know it too well, Rawlings. These other places don't have a "Sex and the City" lifestyle, either.
Well, if you would ask me or fifty other people, in which city would you most like to live--I can guarantee that Denver would top Philly, Cleveland, or many other cities on the list. There's no need to convince me how great Denver is. I'm just saying that the common perception of Denver is that is simply is not world class.

But then again the whole definition of 'world class' is awfully subjective. You've got a lot of people on here flogging St. Louis as a world class city. I say, no way. It's a fine town but when you've got crime and economic doldrums like it does--you're disqualified.
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Old 05-05-2007, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Well, if you would ask me or fifty other people, in which city would you most like to live--I can guarantee that Denver would top Philly
What an bodaciously unwise statement. Whats the population of Philadelphia 1.5 M with 6 M in its tightly confined metro. Whats the population of Denver 500,000 with a metro of 2.5 M that probably sprawls halfway across the Rockies? Try to keep in mind that metro Philadelphia has 8 suburban counties more populous than Denver.People don't live in the Philadlephia area to experience a poor quality of living. They live here because it is a fantastic region.The 5th wealthiest region in the USA. Those numbers alone make you look rather suspect. One would argue that your hypothesis is tragically askew or Denver would be the one with the morphing population disparity.

Comparing Denver to Philadelphia is like comparing an anorexic flyweight to Mike Tyson on a steroid binge.How can you guarantee 1 other persons thought process let alone 50 other peoples thought process. If you want to say you'd rather live in Denver than Philadelphia thats fine but you most definitely should have stopped right there my friend. You are in over your head in trying to tackle Philadelphia. I think the thin air is playing games with your brainpower. Don't confuse Philaldephia with a middle weight. Philadelphia bows down to NYC,LA and Chicago everybody else is either on equal footing or a notch or two below. Denver is several notches down the ladder.



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Old 05-05-2007, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Nice pics! I agree, Philly is cooler than Denver, but in a different way. Denver is more attractive, but it cant touch the coolness and history that Philly reeks of.
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Old 05-05-2007, 09:04 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Nice shots of Philly. Brought back good memories of when I lived on the East Coast and stayed in Center City on business trips.
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Old 05-05-2007, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Philly is one of my phavorite cities. It's simply phantastic. Much more phabulous than Denver, IMO.
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Nice pics! I agree, Philly is cooler than Denver, but in a different way. Denver is more attractive, but it cant touch the coolness and history that Philly reeks of.
I never thought it possible to "reek" of something positive.
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:02 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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What an bodaciously unwise statement. Whats the population of Philadelphia 1.5 M with 6 M in its tightly confined metro. Whats the population of Denver 500,000 with a metro of 2.5 M that probably sprawls halfway across the Rockies? Try to keep in mind that metro Philadelphia has 8 suburban counties more populous than Denver.People don't live in the Philadlephia area to experience a poor quality of living. They live here because it is a fantastic region.The 5th wealthiest region in the USA. Those numbers alone make you look rather suspect. One would argue that your hypothesis is tragically askew or Denver would be the one with the morphing population disparity.

Comparing Denver to Philadelphia is like comparing an anorexic flyweight to Mike Tyson on a steroid binge.How can you guarantee 1 other persons thought process let alone 50 other peoples thought process. If you want to say you'd rather live in Denver than Philadelphia thats fine but you most definitely should have stopped right there my friend. You are in over your head in trying to tackle Philadelphia. I think the thin air is playing games with your brainpower. Don't confuse Philaldephia with a middle weight. Philadelphia bows down to NYC,LA and Chicago everybody else is either on equal footing or a notch or two below. Denver is several notches down the ladder.
Tell us how you really feel about it, rainrock. Obviously you prefer Denver to Philly, but we don't all want to live there. You do not need to insult other people's intelligence, either.

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The Denver-Aurora-Boulder CSA is comprised of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area Core Based Statistical Area 2006 Pop County 2006 Pop 2000 Pop Δ Pop
Denver-Aurora, CO MSA 2,408,750 City and County of Denver, Colorado 566,974 554,636 +2.22%
Arapahoe County, Colorado 537,197 487,967 +10.09%
Jefferson County, Colorado 526,994 527,056 -0.01%
Adams County, Colorado 414,338 363,857 +13.87%
Douglas County, Colorado 263,621 175,766 +49.98%
City and County of Broomfield, Colorado 45,116 0 NA
Elbert County, Colorado 23,181 19,872 +16.65%
Park County, Colorado 17,157 14,523 +18.14%
Clear Creek County, Colorado 9,130 9,322 -2.06%
Gilpin County, Colorado 5,042 4,757 +5.99%
Boulder, CO MSA 282,304 Boulder County, Colorado 282,304 291,288 -3.08%
Greeley, CO MSA 236,857 Weld County, Colorado 236,857 180,936 +30.91%
Total 2,927,911 2,629,980 +11.33%

Also included in the MSA defined by the United States Census Bureau are four rural counties that are not popularly considered part of the Denver metro area. Elbert County is on the southeastern prairie; Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park counties are in the Rocky Mountains.

The MSA does not "sprawl halfway across the Rockies". The three mountain counties are sparsely populated, as you can see; one actually lost population since 2000 and one had very modest population growth. Only Park County had significant population increase and it is the closest to Denver. I doubt Denver sprawls any more than Philadelphia, and yes, I have been there. Sorry, I cannot make these tables come out looking like anything readable no matter what I try.
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