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Old 07-08-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Surprise, AZ
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this was a good conversation until the Webster's dictionary talk showed up.
It was an ill-informed conversation.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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I know. However, people on here are saying cities that have much larger metro populations, and more established urban areas are not Major cities, but Charlotte is.... Charlotte does not have a large metro population, and it has a very very small actual urban core. Most of it is a very large suburb. Cities like Cincinatti, Pittsburgh, St. louis, Kansas City, and others have larger or about equal metro populations, much larger and much more dense urban cores, and are not considered by most? These cities may have a smaller city population, but you city populations can't tell anything. They always vary among city areas. The cities mentioned all have more dense populations with smaller city areas.
A denser, older, more estabilshed, less suburban place does NOT make a city more "Major" than the next city. It has to do with the both population and economic importance (and maybe pro sports and a few other offerings). Charlotte, in this regard is a major city, despite it being very suburban. I will tell you this though, I would take Charlotte's beautiful, walkable downtown way before any of the other cities you mentioned.

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Old 07-08-2009, 04:26 PM
 
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CHARLOTTE has a major airport the 8th busiest in the country, It is a major financial center, it is a major transportaion hub, It has major leauge sports and shopping, The charlotte metro is small and in one instance does not inclue the adjacent county but it is the center of the fifth largest urban region in the nation and has over 7 million people within a 100 mile radius of the city. Charlotte will continue to grow after the economy rebounds because of its ideal location and the quality of life thats achievable there.
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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CHARLOTTE has a major airport the 8th busiest in the country, It is a major financial center, it is a major transportaion hub, It has major leauge sports and shopping, The charlotte metro is small and in one instance does not inclue the adjacent county but it is the center of the fifth largest urban region in the nation and has over 7 million people within a 100 mile radius of the city. Charlotte will continue to grow after the economy rebounds because of its ideal location and the quality of life thats achievable there.
I think you meant to say Here?
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:09 PM
 
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A denser, older, more estabilshed, less suburban place does NOT make a city more "Major" than the next city. It has to do with the both population and economic importance (and maybe pro sports and a few other offerings). Charlotte, in this regard is a major city, despite it being very suburban. I will tell you this though, I would take Charlotte's beautiful, walkable downtown way before any of the other cities you mentioned.
Glad somebody agrees! And I think Charlotte clearly fits the criteria posed by the question of this thread.

But I still stick with Austin, TX, as perhaps the best example. 20 years ago the place was not a major player in any regard outside of Texas. And today, it is evolving into a major city quite rapidly. It is progressive, highly educated, very livable, booming in population, full of things to do, and rising exponentially in economic importance. The title of this thread isn't "What are the current major cities in America" - it it what cities are EVOLVING into major cities. I never tried to suggest that Austin was currently a "major city". So, people from the Northeast enjoying your 300-year old "culture filled" cities...relax .
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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Definitely Seattle, if it isn't there already. I'm personally hoping that it doesn't happen, cuz it's just fine the way that it is(combining cosmopolitan/outdoors/small-town feel all in one great package). But it seems inevitable.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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Default Mid-Size Urban Centers..Are Becoming The New Major Cities

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Hello, all

Do you have opinions of any U.S. cities that are evolving in population, development, etc.? I think that my home city, Kansas City is starting to flare up in population and development, but I'm sure that it is not going to continue to be as strong as it is because of the economy. The metro has some great development to, both sides, MO and KS. What I wish would happen is to have much much more development in the downtown/plaza/westport area. I would also like to see more population increase in the downtown loop. Denver, St. Louis, and Louisville are some more cities that I have noticed are making strong progress to become great cities too. What are some of you're opinions of some of the smaller cities that are well on there way?
I consider Mid-Size Metro's area's as the new Major American Cities
and "mis-size" is 2 Million to 4 Million , so Pittsburgh , Kansas City , St.
Louis , Denver , Seattle , Portland , Minneapolis St. Paul , Sacramento ,
Cleveland , Tampa St. Peterburg , Charlotte....Austin Tx....
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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I think you meant to say Here?
I don't live in Charlotte or the Charlotte metro area.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Of course I'd put my own city on this list along with Raleigh, Austin, and Nashville. Probably Fort Worth too, despite being in Dallas's shadow. Indy and Columbus have what it takes as well.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:11 PM
 
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Well, obviously I am a "Charlotte guy", however I do understand what some folks are saying about Charlotte lacking in the urban department. That is quickly changing and I for one am glad to see it.

With that said, Charlotte is most certainly a major city when it comes to business and transportation (trucking, air cargo, rail freight). Energy is also another booming sector of Charlotte's economic foot print. Portland, Oregon should be on this list too.
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