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Old 07-24-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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I imagine over time the coastline from Maine to Florida will be one giant overcrowded city....

What will we call it then?
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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East Coast City
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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Or a giant, oversized mess.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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Giant Oversized Mess doesn't flow as well as East Coast City IMO
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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Bos-ami?
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:50 AM
 
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Giant Oversized Mess doesn't flow as well as East Coast City IMO
Nope, but that would be one giant, oversized, overcrowded city.
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Old 07-24-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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I imagine over time the coastline from Maine to Florida will be one giant overcrowded city....

What will we call it then?
I don't think that will even be possible, the density would be too low for it to happen. Even if the entire population of the US was along the corridor it would still be suburban or exurban. Have to consider that the US it is nearly impossible to see it more than 500 million people total. There would have to be a large amount of population growth to make it possible here and I don't see it happening due to trends. If you removed immigration from the equation the US would barely have a growing population and over time a shrinking one. (especially since birthrates on immigrant families are on average higher and overall fertilitiy is just barely above replacment)
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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I imagine over time the coastline from Maine to Florida will be one giant overcrowded city....

What will we call it then?
Metro Long Island and Mainland Plantations.

Sounds familiar for some reason, lol.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:20 AM
 
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No, according to that, in 2050, Hampton Roads and Richmond are in the Northeast megalopolis.
While popular opinion does not agree, in my opinion they already are. Hampton Roads metro borders the Richmond border which in turn borders the DC area. Baltimore is as far from Philadelphia as Richmond is from DC. There is also quite a bit of open space between Philly and Baltimore, just like there is between Richmond and DC. If you look at a nighttime satellite image of the east coast, you will notice a string of lights along i95 from Boston to Richmond and then down i64 to Norfolk/Va Beach. Below that it drops off until Jacksonville. While many who live in the DC area think the rest of the state is disconnected from them, in truth, DC holds quite a large influence over the state as a whole. I live in Staunton, 2.5 hrs from DC and we still get DC t.v. stations, even though Richmond and Roanoke are closer. And many people regularly go to DC/NoVa for shopping, museums, shows, sports, or for the airport. There is a culture gap to a degree, but it's not huge like some people interpret it. From some peoples perspective, you'd think you were crossing the Berlin wall at Fredericksburg going to Richmond. Bull! It's just a urban/suburban divide from rural/country like it is everywhere else.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Population Density maps can often lend a visual to it, if you incorporate block population data. I used over 500 people per square mile as a barometer of where you begin to transition into a metropolitan statistical area. Using that criteria, here is an overall map:

Define the BosWash corridor. (to what extent is it's reach?)-boswash.jpg

An in depth of the southern terminus, or the I-95 corridor in Virginia, reveals the following:

Define the BosWash corridor. (to what extent is it's reach?)-virginia.jpg

The Rappahannock River is a natural landmark I put in. I found it interesting that when traveling through the state of Virginia, when crossing various borders into the state, there is a 'welcome' center shortly over the line. The only exception is on I-95 southbound. The 'welcome' center in this case is past the bridge of the Rappahannock River. I think there is some old southern psychology at play, and do not think it is coincidental that this welcome center is placed here. Accordingly, I put the river into the map contents here to show where it runs through, which is near Fredericksburg. This is where I think the true 'fault line' lies.

Towards north of Boston, it is less easy to define. I include Manchester NH as part of the furthest extent north. However, to include Portland Maine using similar population density criteria is a bit of a stretch, at least in my opinion:

Define the BosWash corridor. (to what extent is it's reach?)-bosmanchester.jpg
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