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Old 09-29-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Think of some outskirting cities or even suburbs that neighbor more well known primary cities. Though they have their own identities some seem to blend in very seemlessly when crossing city lines that if you didn't know any different it could be just another neighborhood of the neighboring big city. Here's what I think of as primary examples......

Boston - Cambridge/Somerville
Albuquerque - Rio Rancho
Phoenix- Tempe and perhaps even Scottsdale as they are often mentioned within the same breath.

by contrast I would say the opposite to places like Seattle/Mercer Island-Bellevue or San Francisco/Oakland or Washington/Arlington, VA as those are more detached cities with more pronounced transitions.

Sure there are economic and perhaps even political differences; I know Scottsdale is more affluent but driving down Camelback Road the city of Phoenix seems to flow right into Scottsdale as if it were just a more affluent section of Phoenix. Cambridge has the whole MIT/Harvard trademark but the urban fabric of the city is very cohesive to Boston. I imagine many outskirting/neighboring cities in LA county would be like this as well.

What are some more examples of this or would you disagree and say they simply have their own solid non attached identities?
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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I think of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor as more or less an extension of DC. There's a difference in terms of taller buildings and such, but by and large I think the form is similar enough.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Atlanta and the suburbs of Decatur(east), Sandy Springs(north), and East Point(south)
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Atlanta and the suburbs of Decatur(east), Sandy Springs(north), and East Point(south)
Certainly Decatur and East Point, but Sandy Springs feels too suburban IMO.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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Certainly Decatur and East Point, but Sandy Springs feels too suburban IMO.
Sandy Springs is mostly suburban, but there is no real line of separation between Atlanta and Sandy Springs that let's someone know he has changed cities. Driving north on Roswell Road is pretty much constant development, and I think that's what the thread is about.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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Sandy Springs is mostly suburban, but there is no real line of separation between Atlanta and Sandy Springs that let's someone know he has changed cities. Driving north on Roswell Road is pretty much constant development, and I think that's what the thread is about.
There's not much of an apparent transition along Roswell Road, true. There's more of a marked difference along other corridors though.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Does Sandy Springs feel like "it could be just another neighborhood" of Atlanta? It doesn't look much like a city on google maps.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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Does Sandy Springs feel like "it could be just another neighborhood" of Atlanta? It doesn't look much like a city on google maps.
Yep, that's exactly what it feels like, and if it hadn't incorporated a couple of years ago it probably would be part of Atlanta by now. There is no real separation between the two...it feels like the northside of Atlanta.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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Definitely the Phoenix area. All of the suburbs literally flow together as if it were just one HUMONGOUS city. And yea Scottsdale and Tempe literally border on Phx but they are cities in their own right nonetheless with their own feel.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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Austin and Round Rock and Cedar Park
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