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Old 12-06-2014, 07:14 AM
 
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Will Megalopolis's dominate the future, and become more important than individual cities? For example, right now Manhattan NYC is considered the most "important" US city. But with the north east becoming so interconnected, will the Boston-Washington corridor eventually become more globally influential than NYC by itself? Or will individual cities always be the most important
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Will Megalopolis's dominate the future, and become more important than individual cities? For example, right now Manhattan NYC is considered the most "important" US city. But with the north east becoming so interconnected, will the Boston-Washington corridor eventually become more globally influential than NYC by itself? Or will individual cities always be the most important
Depends on what an individual considers to be important, but on a financial and political level the Northeast Corridor is already one of the most important parts of the country.
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Yes, in some places this can happen. People interested in moving to the area posting on the Seattle forum are almost always looking for places to live either on the east side of Lake Washington, north or south, 15-20 miles from Seattle itself. Sports teams such as the Seahawks and Mariners could not survive without the tickets sold to people living outside of Seattle. The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma are forming an Alliance to improve the shipping industry of the region. The commutes across the water are now almost the same in both directions with Seattle residents working in Redmond/Bellevue as well as the other way around.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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Megalopolises that lack common governance will always lack the legitimacy legal status confers. Unless the role of government is drastically decreases this will continue to be the case.
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Old 12-13-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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Manhattan isn't even an individual city, it's a borough within NYC, which is already under a common government. So given that example, I'd have to say that "paper" megalopolises will not be important. The Boston to Washington corridor really isn't all that connected, there's a huge discontinuity between NYC and Boston, and a smaller one between Philadelphia and Baltimore.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I'd say "Megalopolis's" are already becoming bigger than the individual cities. Take Phoenix, for example. Most people think of the entire metro area -- but it's really comprised of a LOT of other cities. Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Glendale, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, Surprise... Los Angeles is the same way, as well as "NYC" (locals will say NYC is just Manhattan and the other boroughs, but outsiders lump all of Long Island in with it).

Over time, I think we'll start to see a bigger development of the super-corridors. DC-NYC-Boston, Phoenix-Tucson, LA-San Diego, Albuquerque-Santa Fe. Hell, today you can sit in traffic from the far eastern outskirts of the Los Angeles area, all the way to downtown San Diego (I've done it before). That much traffic between the two, they might as well just be grouped together at this point.
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:53 AM
 
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Will Megalopolis's dominate the future, and become more important than individual cities?
IMO, and you can see this with megalopolis Dallas Ft Worth, (and maybe other pair city metros as well), is that the primary city lost importance over the past few decades, and now has to fight to regain its importance. Example is the city of Dallas is the primary of the DFW area, but other cities/suburbs are growing at much faster pace, getting the major construction projects, and adding population at a higher rate.

The area is quasi-ruled by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, which is an unelected group that each city member gets to assign representatives to. There are more representatives from the suburbs than the major cities, so the suburbs get an outsized vote in many things. Finally, the NCTCOG's rule over the area turns them all into a very similar morass of city with many of the suburbs lacking any kind of identity.

In short, megalopolises are a bad idea. If you realistically want your city to grow, then the main city taking the land is a much better idea (annexing I think it is called) operating as a single elected government making decisions that benefit the primary area the most.
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