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View Poll Results: Which US cities will rebound posting a population gain in 2020?
Baltimore, MD 35 19.66%
Birmingham, AL 28 15.73%
Buffalo, NY 11 6.18%
Chicago, IL 61 34.27%
Cincinnati, OH 34 19.10%
Cleveland, OH 26 14.61%
Detroit, MI 26 14.61%
New Orleans, LA 72 40.45%
Oakland, CA 44 24.72%
Pittsburgh, PA 63 35.39%
Rochester, NY 16 8.99%
Toledo, OH 13 7.30%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 178. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Most of these cities peaked in the 1950's. Some showed population loss for the first time in decades.

Which if these cities do you see setting itself up for a future in population gain over this next decade? Why??

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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St Louis, it only Lost 3,000 people 2000-2010, Memphis, lost a similar amount I would expect slow growth. I don't see Pittsburgh, Cleveland or Detroit rebounding as there metro lost population.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Cleveland has two things going for it right now with its snowball's chance:

1) Construction boom Cleveland Development Discussions

2) "Global Cleveland" launched in 2011 with the objective to bring 100K people here by 2020: Global Cleveland

If this correlates to population stabilization, we shall see...
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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^ wow good for Cleveland!
I voted for Chicago mainly because of all the condo projects in the loop, who know if it make a noticeable population change though

Cleveland looks like it will re bound as well
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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^ wow good for Cleveland!
I voted for Chicago mainly because of all the condo projects in the loop, who know if it make a noticeable population change though

Cleveland looks like it will re bound as well
The condos added 50,000 to the downtown population in the 2000's. The south and west sides were the areas responsible for virtually all of the population loss. A lot of that was tied to the fact 180,000 people have been cleared out of the projects as they were town down during the past 10 years.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Denver
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New Orleans definitely.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I would say Detroit. Barack Obama has done an amazing job at restoring the auto industry. GM is now the #1 top auto maker in the world and recently reported its highest profit ever.
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Oakland, CA has more people now than in 1950.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Rochester
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Definately Pittsburgh. I was very surprised when I saw that it lost people in the 2000s. They seemed to have cleaned things up long ago. Chicago is another one that is bound to grow.

The other cities are trickier. Rochester, Baltimore and Birmingham seem to be the healthiest as they are seeing significant growth in comparison to the other dying or stagnant cities in this list.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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Slowly but surely New Orleans is bouncing back, and may actually settle out at a kind-of sustainable population level, given it's balance of precarious geography and history that is still very much a draw.

Chicago also has way too much happening to stay down forever. It's had downs before, and has always bounced back; it's a city that has shown some ability to reinvent itself.

Detroit I fear for. From a distance (I know - that's easy) - I love the city and am really rooting for it - it represents so much. It was a revolutionary place, from industry to culture (i.e. Motown), and is one of our MAJOR historic cities for that reason alone - without Detroit 1900-1950, this country would not be what it is today. BUT it has been through so much I wonder if it's slid past a tipping point - the metro is losing population as well, albeit at a slower rate, as is the entire state, whose economy is right down there with California's in complexity of problems. But never say never.

I own two vintage street maps of Detroit - one from 1923, and another from 1951, and for a while, it was one of the fastetst growing cities (if not THE fastest growing) in the country. The turnaround in basically 100 years is saddening.
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