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View Poll Results: Which have you heard of. Multiple options.
Virginia Beach, Va 94 84.68%
Norfolk, Va 96 86.49%
Hampton Roads, Va 61 54.95%
Tidewater, Va 40 36.04%
I haven't heard of any of them. 9 8.11%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 111. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-30-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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So I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our metro is composed of seven medium sized cities 100,000-500,000. We used to be called tidewater, but then our name changed to Hampton Roads. Have you heard the name Hampton Roads before?

ANd have you ever heard of Virginia Beach,Va or Norfolk, Va.

Just wanted to see what you guys thought, and tell me a little about what you have heard about it.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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I've heard of all those. I just didn't know Tidewater = Hampton Roads.

I wonder why they changed the name? I like both names though.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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I've heard of all those. I just didn't know Tidewater = Hampton Roads.

I wonder why they changed the name? I like both names though.
I think the main reason was the fact that tidewater describes any coastal region affected by tides. Hampton Roads is the name of the harbor in the middle of all the cities and each city is connected to it. So now that's what the region is called.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:16 PM
 
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There's def an identity crisis. Ive heard all of those but i just call it Norfolk, though i hear more call it Hampton roads
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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There's def an identity crisis. Ive heard all of those but i just call it Norfolk, though i hear more call it Hampton roads
Yeah, it's not cool.

I say we call ourselves "Norfolk-Virginia Beach" like "Minneapolis-St. Paul" But the problem here is that Norfolk is the biggest city but has half the population of Virginia Beach. I'm hoping Light rail creates a sense of community in the region and we finally find our place.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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Yeah, it's not cool.

I say we call ourselves "Norfolk-Virginia Beach" like "Minneapolis-St. Paul" But the problem here is that Norfolk is the biggest city but has half the population of Virginia Beach. I'm hoping Light rail creates a sense of community in the region and we finally find our place.
Norfolk is just as populated as Virginia Beach, if not more...Norfolk has a population of 243,000 in an area of 54 square miles, while Virginia Beach has a population of 434,000 in an area of 248 square miles. It's that same old story about city populations not really meaning anything for exactly this reason - if Norfolk had 248 square miles within it's city limits it would be as large or larger than Virginia Beach.

Norfolk was the largest city in that region as recently as 1980, which is probably the reason people still call the metro "Norfolk". Winston-Salem has the same problem, being left out of the Triad title because it's simply too long to say "Greensboro/Winston-Salem" - so people just call it "Greensboro".
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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Norfolk is just as populated as Virginia Beach, if not more...Norfolk has a population of 243,000 in an area of 54 square miles, while Virginia Beach has a population of 434,000 in an area of 248 square miles. It's that same old story about city populations not really meaning anything for exactly this reason - if Norfolk had 248 square miles within it's city limits it would be as large or larger than Virginia Beach.

Norfolk was the largest city in that region as recently as 1980, which is probably the reason people still call the metro "Norfolk". Winston-Salem has the same problem, being left out of the Triad title because it's simply too long to say "Greensboro/Winston-Salem" - so people just call it "Greensboro".
Actually if Norfolk had 248 sq. miles it would probably have 750,000+.

Did you know that 950,000 people live within 15 miles of downtown Virginia Beach and 290,000 live within 5 miles.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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I'm actually surprised everyone that voted has heard of us.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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So I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our metro is composed of seven medium sized cities 100,000-500,000. We used to be called tidewater, but then our name changed to Hampton Roads. Have you heard the name Hampton Roads before?

ANd have you ever heard of Virginia Beach,Va or Norfolk, Va.

Just wanted to see what you guys thought, and tell me a little about what you have heard about it.
I voted for all three cities, Norfolk, Virginia Beach & Hampton Roads. You said seven cites. I can think of two more, Newport News and Portsmouth. What are the other two?

I did not vote for "Tidewater" because I think of all of coastal Virginia as being "tidewater". Including the peninsulas along the James, York & Potomac Rivers. I never heard of it just for the Norfolk area. Tidewater can even be used in other states!

Still, it may catch on.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:57 PM
 
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I voted for all three cities, Norfolk, Virginia Beach & Hampton Roads. You said seven cites. I can think of two more, Newport News and Portsmouth. What are the other two?

I did not vote for "Tidewater" because I think of all of coastal Virginia as being "tidewater". Including the peninsulas along the James, York & Potomac Rivers. I never heard of it just for the Norfolk area. Tidewater can even be used in other states!

Still, it may catch on.
Chesapeake and Suffolk
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