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Old 12-25-2007, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Here's a question that was a little off topic in a thread below--thought I would give it it's own thread.

Are there any cities that don't have suburbs?
What would such a city would be like, and how long it would survive?

Even city's like Jacksonville has suburbs, even though the city limits include a huge amount of acreage. Since Jacksonville itself is so big, why would other little towns pop up around it?

There's Avalon, of course, which is the only urban area on Catalina Island. But with a population of 3,696 does that qualify as a city?
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:52 AM
 
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Houston. That's it.

Oklahoma City has very few suburbs. Like Houston, it's monstrously big. They both dwarf Los Angeles (which itself is enormous and sprawling).

Maybe the massive size of those two cities is the reason why they have very few suburbs. Houston has Pasadena, Tx, and Spring, but that's about it.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:20 AM
 
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Houston. That's it.

Oklahoma City has very few suburbs. Like Houston, it's monstrously big. They both dwarf Los Angeles (which itself is enormous and sprawling).

Maybe the massive size of those two cities is the reason why they have very few suburbs. Houston has Pasadena, Tx, and Spring, but that's about it.
Not too familiar with OK city, but Houston has more than what you mentioned. From what I know there are places like Katy, Sugarland, Woodlands, Pearland, etc. and a lot places that are very built up, but are simply unincorporated.

But yes, Houston city proper does comprise a vast chunk of its metro region.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:20 AM
 
Location: yeah
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The City & County of Honolulu
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:55 AM
 
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I don't care, even if the southern sunbelt cities take a huge amount of land area, they still include suburbs inside the city. I believe a city should be defined on the amount of people per density, not in an huge sprawling amount of land.

I thought you were talking about dense cities that were very urban, but there were no cookie cutter houses or stripmalls around them. In that case you could only find that in Europe.
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Old 12-26-2007, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Honolulu has Aiea, Pearl City, and Waipahu.
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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El Paso, TX. Ciudad Juarez doesn't count, being on the other side of the border.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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There are not many suburban-type areas surrounding Alexandria, Louisiana (pop. abt. 45,000). I don't know if you want to consider it a city or not, but it is an urban area with few suburbs.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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There are not many suburban-type areas surrounding Alexandria, Louisiana (pop. abt. 45,000). I don't know if you want to consider it a city or not, but it is an urban area with few suburbs.
Well if that counts, I will say Ft. Smith, Arkansas (pop. 80,000). Van Buren is the only town that would be qualified to be a suburb and the residents of Van Buren hate being considered a suburb of Ft. Smith.
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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San Antonio has a small number of suburbs, it's metro is about 1.8mill, and the city itself has about 1.3-1.4
and tell me if the Houston's invisible Metro is about 5 mill, how is it that Houston only has 2 mill and not have a metro?
El Paso doesn't if you don't count Ciudad juarez.
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