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Old 08-14-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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Its a opinion based question, but an interesting one.

For one I personally hope we can work towards having a higher growth rate, hopefully having a metro population around 2 million by 2020.
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Sacramento CA
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Based on what I seen in videos or pictures, I could see Birmingham getting better if they redo some things, but something tells me it will still be stuck in the deep south syndrome preventing it from getting to Seattle/Portland status.
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Tuscaloosa,AL
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For one I personally hope we can work towards having a higher growth rate, hopefully having a metro population around 2 million by 2020.
What is the Metro at now? 1.2 Million? That would would a pretty big boom. I doubt we will see that much population increase(which could be a good thing). But I hope we can see a pretty good sustained growth.
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Birmingham is at 1.2 million now and 800,000 would be a huge stretch by 2020. I think a population of 1.45 or 1.5 million( similar to Nashville size) would be doable by 2020. In my opinion I could only see that happening if Jefferson County change from a declining trend trend to growing.Jefferson County is the county seat of the B-ham 8 county metro. And most metros that have a healthy growth rate are led by a growing county seat.

I know the B-ham MSA is 1.2 million but what is the CSA population of B-ham ?
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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Why not??. Atlanta grew by that much from 2000-current. While it might be a tall order, by no means is it impossible. Of course bham is no ATL the 21st century should be Bham ''boom period''. I think if we can reach 1.6 million by 2015, 2 million can be reachable by 2020. With those type numbers, the new opportunities for this metro would be endless.
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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Why not??. Atlanta grew by that much from 2000-current. While it might be a tall order, by no means is it impossible. Of course Bham is no ATL, but it doesnt mean we have to lower our standards because of it.
It was easier for them because that growth represented a smaller percentage growth. Plus the higher population base results in a higher natural increase anyways.

More growth to the north. Continuous developed land beside 65 from Cullman to Birmingham. Malfunction Junction will still be awful. More hispanics, fewer whites and blacks. More Jack-In-The Boxes and Chipotles.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Why not??. Atlanta grew by that much from 2000-current. While it might be a tall order, by no means is it impossible. Of course bham is no ATL the 21st century should be Bham ''boom period''. I think if we can reach 1.6 million by 2015, 2 million can be reachable by 2020. With those type numbers, the new opportunities for this metro would be endless.

You are right it`s not impossible but I think if B-ham could bring in the jobs then the people will come. As of right now I don`t see B-ham attracting the jobs right now to attract 800,000 to the metro. IHS Global Insight has ranked B-ham 162 with 1.69% in job growth out of 363 metros between now and 2015.

Huntsville isn`t by all means a hip city it is far from being hip and B-ham to me is a world class city compared to Huntsville but Huntsville has been successful in job recruiting. Huntsville`s job growth is the reason for the population boom, IHS Global ranked Huntsville 16th out of 363 with 2.7 % in job growth between now and 2015. And According to IHS Global with a 1.62 % job increase in five years the B-ham metro may gain 8-15,000 in five years(my guess) . I`m pushing for 20 -35,000 for the ham in five years.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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Huntsville isn`t by all means a hip city it is far from being hip and B-ham to me is a world class city compared to Huntsville but Huntsville has been successful in job recruiting. Huntsville`s job growth is the reason for the population boom, IHS Global ranked Huntsville 16th out of 363 with 2.7 % in job growth between now and 2015. And According to IHS Global with a 1.62 % job increase in five years the B-ham metro may gain 8-15,000 in five years(my guess) . I`m pushing for 20 -35,000 for the ham in five years.

Huntsville's appeal is that it isn't "hip." Some of us don't care for clubs and the like. Not to say there's anything wrong with it if its your thing though.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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For Bham and Ala to register any kind of signigicant population growth in the future it is going to have to find a way to keep people from leaving the state (brain drain). There is a reason why Metro Atlanta is home to so many graduates of Auburn, UA, JSU and Troy. People grow up in Bama, get a good education there and then leave because there just arent't enough quality, high-paying jobs.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Huntsville's appeal is that it isn't "hip." Some of us don't care for clubs and the like. Not to say there's anything wrong with it if its your thing though.

Clubs doin`t make a city hip to me.We have an entertainment district here in Mobile that range from Pool halls to Comedy clubs but the club scene can get old.


When I think of "hip" I`m thinking of a city with a mix of attractions.
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