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Northeast megalopolis 9 32.14%
Japanese megalopolis 8 28.57%
European megalopolis 12 42.86%
the Pearl River Delta 3 10.71%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-20-2013, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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The world's four largest and most prominent megalopolises and each house vasts numbers of people in the tens of millions.

Japanese Megalopolis, common name Taiheiyō Belt:
- Greater Tokyo: 37 million people
- Greater Osaka: 18 million people
- Greater Nagoya: 10.5 million people
- Greater Fukuoka: 3 million people
- Greater Okayama: 2 million people
- Greater Maebashi: 1.5 million people

Northeast Megalopolis, common name Bos-Wash Corridor:
- Greater New York: 22 million people
- Greater Boston: 7.6 million people
- Greater Philadelphia: 6.5 million people
- Greater Washington DC: 5.9 million people
- Greater Baltimore: 2.9 million people

European Megalopolis, common name Hot Banana/Blue Banana/Bluemerang:
- Greater London (LUZ): 14 million people
- Greater Rhine-Ruhr: 12 million people
- Greater Milan: 7.5 million people
- Greater Randstad: 7.1 million people
- Greater Flemish Diamond: 5.5 million people (Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven)
- Greater Frankfurt: 5.2 million people
- Greater Stuttgart Region: 5.2 million people
- Greater Munich (EMR): 5.2 million people
- Greater Zurich: 4 million people
- Meuse-Rhine: 4 million people
- Nuremburg Metropolitan Area: 3.4 million people
- Greater Birmingham: 2.6 million people
- Greater Manchester: 2.5 million people
- Nice Metropolitan Area: 1 million people

Pearl River Delta, common name Pearl River Delta:
- Greater Guangzhou: 13 million people
- Greater Shenzhen: 11 million people
- Greater Dongguan: 8.3 million people
- Greater Foshan: 7.3 million people
- Hong Kong: 7.2 million people
- Greater Huizhou: 4.6 million people
- Greater Jiangmen: 4.5 million people
- Greater Zhongshan: 3.2 million people
- Greater Zuhai: 1.6 million people
- Macau: 600,000

Besides the Washington DC and Baltimore populations (as together they are a conurbation), all of the rest are the conurbations for their respective cities/metropolitans/metropolises.

The largest of which is still to be determined either the Pearl River Delta which can range from some definitions from 65 million to as high as 120 million or the European Megalopolis with 110 million people. Japanese Megalopolis is a solid 80-85 million people and the Northeast Megalopolis is about 55-60 million people.

I would like all participants to state which megalopolis has their preferred collection of cities, the ones they're most intrigued with to visit and which one they would most like to live in. I would also like it if people stated why and what factors be it schools, climate, economy, relatives or friends, scenery, location, history, culture, or so on that led to their decision.

For me personally the only cities I've been to from all of this are New York, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Hong Kong, London, Zurich, and Frankfurt. Picking between the four is tough, the European megalopolis has the most interesting set of cities, whereas my style of cities are more in line with the Pearl River Delta or the Japanese megalopolis, and I presently live in the Northeast megalopolis so there's some home bias too but I have to admit that in this megalopolis that I live in that I only care for New York, Washington DC, and Boston. The others like Hartford and so on are either too small or just really not my style whatsoever.

I'll leave the poll as multiple choice so you could vote for the ones that interest you most.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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You missed Paris. Not in the blue banana, but proximity to London, how can it not be counted?

Also Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Turin, Brussels are inthe blue banana.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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You missed Paris. Not in the blue banana, but proximity to London, how can it not be counted?
Not officially in it, plus I don't want to overkill it. The European Megalopolises already have some power hitters.

Plus you've got London already, no need for Paris.
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Also Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Turin, Brussels are inthe blue banana.
Yeahh, I was getting tired of typing so I got lazy. Brussels is up there by the way as the Flemish Diamond conurbation along with Antwerp.

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Old 02-20-2013, 08:24 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I'd take the Yangtze Delta megalopolis over the Pearl River Delta one as the former has a lot more history and variety. Suzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Yangzhou and Shanghai are among the most historic cities within China and I personally like Suzhou and Hangzhou more than any other cities in China.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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Sichuan Basin is another major metropolitan area of China.

Major Cities:
Chengdu, Chongqing
Nanchong, Mianyang, Zigong, Luzhou, Yibin, Leshan, Deyang....

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Old 02-20-2013, 09:58 AM
 
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Hardly a fair comparison, especially with so many European cities, although the European cities you mention aside from London, Munich and Nice actually seem surprisingly boring. German cities don't excite me a great deal. I think the American cities are STILL among the best in the world, NYC, Philly/DC/Boston, are huge power hitters. Japan and the PRD are culturally a lot more homogeneous, so not a fair fight at all. Clearly the 'Blue Banana' and BosWash and then the other two, with the PRD being the lowest. I probably prefer NYC a bit more to London, but as to the rest, I don't know, too many cities in there.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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Hardly a fair comparison, especially with so many European cities, although the European cities you mention aside from London, Munich and Nice actually seem surprisingly boring. German cities don't excite me a great deal. I think the American cities are STILL among the best in the world, NYC, Philly/DC/Boston, are huge power hitters. Japan and the PRD are culturally a lot more homogeneous, so not a fair fight at all. Clearly the 'Blue Banana' and BosWash and then the other two, with the PRD being the lowest. I probably prefer NYC a bit more to London, but as to the rest, I don't know, too many cities in there.
I agree. But Hong Kong and Macau are culturally diverse to some extent.
Even Guangzhou is not like a typical Chinese city.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:11 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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European cities easily,

You could take out London and i'd still vote European Megalopolis.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Hardly a fair comparison, especially with so many European cities, although the European cities you mention aside from London, Munich and Nice actually seem surprisingly boring. German cities don't excite me a great deal. I think the American cities are STILL among the best in the world, NYC, Philly/DC/Boston, are huge power hitters. Japan and the PRD are culturally a lot more homogeneous, so not a fair fight at all. Clearly the 'Blue Banana' and BosWash and then the other two, with the PRD being the lowest. I probably prefer NYC a bit more to London, but as to the rest, I don't know, too many cities in there.
My feeling is that there is a sizable population that does not consider Brussels, Amsterdam, and Milan boring.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Hardly a fair comparison, especially with so many European cities, although the European cities you mention aside from London, Munich and Nice actually seem surprisingly boring. German cities don't excite me a great deal. I think the American cities are STILL among the best in the world, NYC, Philly/DC/Boston, are huge power hitters. Japan and the PRD are culturally a lot more homogeneous, so not a fair fight at all. Clearly the 'Blue Banana' and BosWash and then the other two, with the PRD being the lowest. I probably prefer NYC a bit more to London, but as to the rest, I don't know, too many cities in there.
Lol Turin, Milan, Venice, Cologne and Genoa boring?
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