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Yes 96 72.73%
No 30 22.73%
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I was thinking about prospective population gains in some of the fastest increasing cities in our country right now. It's no secret that America has some of the sprawliest places when it comes to development and that really adds on to much of the growth we see in our metropolitan areas.

I was just looking at the list of largest cities in the world. And I noticed something, every city there is either on coast (the metropolitan area is on the coast) or is a national capital and political center of its country. Not one exception to it at all.

I was thinking more in terms about some of our large inland cities (Chicago doesn't count since Great Lakes would be considered a sea in other countries- and St. Lawrence River connects them to the Atlantic and Chicago maintains water port activity through sea modal). Anyways I was thinking about our large inland cities that have passed up the half way mark to becoming "Mega Cities" (10,000,000 people +)

Do any of you think the USA will defy that trend and be amongst the first country to have a "Mega City" that is landlocked & not a national capital?
Dallas-Fort Worth was at 6.8 Million in 2009, by the moment it should be at 7 Million people (at CSA level). Atlanta is reaching 6 Million this year (CSA level).

What do you guys think? Will the largest landlocked & non national capital city to become a "Mega City" in the world be in the United States?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._by_population

^^ You guys can check to see the Top 20 for yourselves, they are all either their country's capital city or next to a sea or ocean.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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Nope.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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Nope.
I would want to say yes, but its never happened before in the history of the world for there to be a "Mega City" that is landlocked or not a national capital of its country. I wanted to say yes, but there is no evidence in this world of it being the case at all.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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The Metroplex, will get to about 8.5M drop a bit, then increase again and thyen drop again, basically stagnate at 8.5M

Atlanta won't get that high.

It will get more rivals in the SE from Raliegh, Charlotte, etc
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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Aren't we supposed to hit 400 million people by 2050? I think it'll happen, at least some of these extra 100 million people will be living somewhere inland.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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Aren't we supposed to hit 400 million people by 2050? I think it'll happen, at least some of these extra 100 million people will be living somewhere inland.
No we're 40 years away from hitting 400 Million people. If you look at the world population, the world is at 7 Billion or so right now and it will reach its peak in 2040-2050 (by projections) between 9-10 Billion people and then decline in the next 30 years to 6-7 Billion people. The United States is also seeing a slowdown in population increase rates but still numerically gaining large numbers but even that is projected to slowdown in the coming decades.

India is a large and populated country, and 60% of the people in that country live in cities or urban areas compared to 80% in the United States (Contrast with 72% of China), so more people in India live in the cities there than the total people in USA, and even they DON'T have a landlocked city or a city that is NOT a national capital of their country that is a "mega city" (10 Million + people in it).

I want to see the reasoning why people who vote yes will say the United States will be the first to do that, when not even India or China have done it yet, or any other country in the history of our planet has done that yet.

What makes us special in this regard in all of your opinions to do something that has never been done before in this worlds history? And to do something that two larger and more rapidly urbanizing countries (India & China) haven't even done yet with their plethora of over a Billion people apiece?
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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It looks like you're saying no water, well no coast, but can it be on a river?
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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It looks like you're saying no water, well no coast, but can it be on a river?
No it cant. A river is not a coast. A sea, a ocean, a gulf count as coasts. Denver is land trapped, so are Dallas, Atlanta, and a few other places. Can the United States of America defy the history of the world and get the first mega city in the world that is both land trapped and not a political stronghold capital like Mexico City or Cairo are to their countries?

Rivers are absolutely not qualified for the argument, because hundreds of places in the United States and the world can make an argument with that.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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I've always felt like Coastal cities have an advantage over inland cities. That's why I believe Houston or Miami have a better chance of becoming World Class cities over Atlanta and Dallas.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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I've always felt like Coastal cities have an advantage over inland cities. That's why I believe Houston or Miami have a better chance of becoming World Class cities over Atlanta and Dallas.

All 4 are already world Class
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