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Old 08-23-2015, 06:14 PM
 
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Phenomenal post, Canes! Gold star
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:23 PM
 
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1. There is no city in the state of SC that has a population like Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Norfolk, VA Beach, Richmond, Alexandria, etc. Even the Town of Cary has a larger population than Columbia, SC's largest city. I understand SC has annexation laws that prevent city limit expansion but even then Columbia would probably still be under 200,000.
Alexandria? It has a municipal population of about 150K, while Columbia and Charleston are around 130K; that's quite similar. If SC's annexation laws weren't as restrictive, I do believe Columbia would certainly be above 200K easy. The unincorporated Northeast Richland suburban area of Columbia is around 100K by itself. Also, some cities would probably consolidate with their counties.

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3. While VA doesn't have any major league sports teams of its own (yet), many VA residents do take an interest in the DC teams, whereas most SCers don't have as much an interest in the Panthers, Braves, etc. than they do Gamecocks/Tigers football. That is not to say people in VA don't college sports, but you're more likely to find pro sports fans there than you would in South Carolina.
True, but in this sense, NC is somewhere between SC and VA. NC has pro teams, but college basketball carries the day there; Duke and UNC basketball has a lot more excitement and a larger following than either the Panthers or the Bobcats.

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3b. And while Virginia has never had any teams in the NHL/NFL/NBA/MLB, the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach have tried to lure expansion and existing teams before. SC will very likely never be home to anything other than the minor-leagues.
True, but for what it's worth, the Panthers played their first season in SC and the Bobcats have played a couple of exhibition games in the state.

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And finally, politically NC is becoming more of a battleground state, whereas SC is very likely going to remain a reliably Republican state for the the next election.
Agreed, but in terms of statewide politics, that hard turn to the right in NC can't be discounted. So overall, it's somewhere between SC (state politics) and VA (national elections).

Otherwise, good points.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:34 PM
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I stand corrected then, I could have sworn I saw Alexandria having about 225kish, when I was there it seemed a lot larger than it really is. I guess not.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:46 PM
 
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I stand corrected then, I could have sworn I saw Alexandria having about 225kish, when I was there it seemed a lot larger than it really is. I guess not.
Well it's just the southern extension of DC across the Potomac (and used to be part of DC), so it kinda doesn't really count in that sense anyway. It's going to feel a good bit larger than its municipal population regardless.
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Old 08-23-2015, 11:01 PM
 
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Arlington has 225,000 people
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:34 AM
 
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Arlington has 225,000 people
Yeah he probably meant Arlington, which is the entire county--but only 26 square miles. It's an outlier in that respect as none of the other cities mentioned would have a population that high in only 26 square miles.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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Yes, Arlington is an international model of how to foster dense transit-oriented development along Metro lines. The city is in many ways even more urban than D.C.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:22 PM
 
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City populations are meaningless. that's why metro areas or other market defined areas are used.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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On marriage equality, NC is about midway between the attitudes of Virginians and South Carolinians.

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Old 09-17-2015, 07:21 PM
 
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On marriage equality, NC is about midway between the attitudes of Virginians and South Carolinians.
Interesting graphic. I honestly would have expected Vermont to be much higher.
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