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Old 07-07-2007, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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It's really hard to say. If it was by itself, than yeah, you would have no problem calling it a city. Just like Phoenix because they are both look the same exact way. But since it's in a metro with a city over 1.2 million people and another city with over 650,000, I would call it a suburb. It only exists because of Dallas and Fort Worth. Without them, Arlington would probably be the size of Sherman. But I see nothing urban about Arlington. It is not dense and it's built around the car.
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:47 PM
 
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I score it suburb. It could not exist without being next to a "real" city, since most everyone who lives in Arlington and has a decent job works in Dallas, Fort Worth, or the Northern suburbs of Dallas.

The University could give a "College Town" status, but that is not real, either, as most of the students have to drive in from other towns -- making it a near total transit/commuter college.

The thing with no public transportation is no accident. The philosophy is that the need to have a car to live there keeps poor folks out. There are still some poorer folks there, including the homeless shelter -- but nothing like the 'hood in Dallas or Fort Worth.

Overall, a whole lot of town, with not a whole lot of soul.
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