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Old 08-16-2010, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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Hampton Roads to me is a mid size metro. I have family thats been in the area for 20+ yrs and its has a bigger, faster feel to it. Ive considered moving there, and I would it an upgrade from Birmingham in my opinion.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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See that is what I have been saying there is nothing in Hampton Roads. Travelling is always good. So one can know whats outside of the state.
See, you always have to go overboard,.....but I also realized that ATL is way better than NYC...
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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See, you always have to go overboard,.....but I also realized that ATL is way better than NYC...
Ok I respect your opinion.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Hampton roads!
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i think were a growing metro for sure!
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:42 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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I'm going old school on you 1978's style TIDEWATER is a mid sized Metro , I was stationed there in 1978 Coast Guard Base Yorktown VA....Mid Sized without Mid Size Amenities such as Major League Sports Teams and Major and or World Class Entertainment Venues...No (None) Iconic Tourist Monuments or Attractions.Hampton Roads is a slow growth Metro that has improved in leaps and bounds ..very like able , but it doesn't do good against other Mid Sized Metro Like Charlotte and Indianpolis and Kansas City.....
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: NC
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Nearing major metro.

Also, I beginning to like Norfolk more and more. Hopefully the new light rail system does well.
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:41 PM
 
Location: 703x804x757...
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When I think "major" city or metro, I'm thinking of DC, Atlanta, and points larger. Hampton Roads is nowhere near being a major metro...

This isn't a small town or a small area either, though. It's two smaller metros that have grown together naturally over time to create a larger region...

As a metropolis it's most comparable to metros no. 31-40; Austin through Jacksonville. The big killer for the region is that it lacks a comparable anchor city on the caliber of those metros' anchor cities, besides Norfolk being comparable to Jacksonville and Providence. Every other anchor city is playing in an entirely different tier...

There is an interesting dynamic here in which the Southside is probably trending towards twin city status a few decades from now. Norfolk is historically the lead city of the region, and I would say it still is so today, by virtue of having the larger and more vibrant business districts, but this is getting close. On its own Virginia Beach has built a downtown where nothing but grass used to lie, one that is also growing and expanding, and while it is small it is interesting in its own right. Virginia Beach also has culture of its own and has pockets of urbanity, though it is largely suburban. It isnt as much of a "Norfolk suburb" as it maybe was 30 years ago. I'd still say it fits that description partially, but it is as much of a city as other cities that were built alike and function similarly. It wouldnt exist without Norfolk, but if something catastrophic happened to Norfolk, it would be able to hold its own as an anchor...

Both cities and the region would benefit from creating a more amicable and shared existence and marketing each other as two sides of the same coin...
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:57 PM
 
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Both cities and the region would benefit from creating a more amicable and shared existence and marketing each other as two sides of the same coin...
Strong bump.

And you probably won't see that "shared" existence anytime soon. The light rail catastrophe showed us that.

The "urban" culture of Norfolk just doesn't jive well with the "conservative, suburban sprawl" culture of Virginia Beach.
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:44 AM
 
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Wherever I am in the metro it is kind of hard to fathom that there are 1.7+ million inhabitants within it's borders until I enter the various morphs if I64 from the surface streets. Living in LA I felt the same way, hard to fathom that there were 14+ million inhabitants in the metro when on the surface streets. In New York I've always felt the presence of it's 16+ million inhabitants on the highways, surface streets and at the drug store...

I've always felt more comfortable living horizontally rather than vertically.
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