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Old 12-15-2016, 12:33 PM
 
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I think there is a category missing with medium


for me today there are about 11 or so majors - probably still include Detroit so maybe 12 as major


the mediums are places like Seattle (could move up soon), Minneapolis, Cleveland, NOLAs, Baltimore, St Louis (a few of these were probably once major now down) etc.


Then the minors like growing places not yet all there like a Cbus and Austin and Nashville or others minor and steady like a Providence RI etc.


just my two cents
Maybe you don't realize it but NOLA is quite a bit smaller in population, than the places you labeled as minors, even Providence. It just gets a lot of press because of tourism.
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Old 12-15-2016, 01:00 PM
 
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Did you just decide that only the top-10 MSA's could be considered "major". I think it's ridiculous that anyone wouldn't consider San Francisco a major city.
I think some people are confusing "major" city with "global" or "world class" city. The threshold for being a major city is much lower than being a world class or global city. I would consider Phoenix, Cleveland, and Minneapolis to be major cities but wouldn't consider them to be world class at all.
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Old 12-15-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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I think some people are confusing "major" city with "global" or "world class" city. The threshold for being a major city is much lower than being a world class or global city. I would consider Phoenix, Cleveland, and Minneapolis to be major cities but wouldn't consider them to be world class at all.
My threshold for "major" is fairly low too. I will say, that no city without international direct flights are major. Not that having them makes a city major, but you can not be major without them...even if it's just Canada or Mexico.
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Old 12-15-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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I would argue that Buffalo is a major city. It is the cultural heart of Western NY. It certainly has a national profile; Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Wings, Beef on Weck. Also its weird, Buffalo seems to have a lot of pull over the Rochester area, it almost makes Rochester feel like Worcester or Providence is to Boston, which is impressive because Buffalo really isn't much larger than Rochester.
And also with the Canadians, Buffalo is pretty close to a region of 1.5 million.
Some of this is related to history. Buffalo at its peak had around 580,132. It has the structure, the foundation of being a major city. Buffalo to NY state is comparable to Rome. A large city that lost alot of people. Buffalo has pull over Rochester because Buffalo has a legacy. Rochester never got as large as Buffalo.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:27 PM
 
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I dont consider Inland Empire a major metro. Its one colossal suburb and its aweing how big it is.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:42 PM
 
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San Jose is truly a major world class city
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:17 PM
 
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I think there is a category missing with medium


for me today there are about 11 or so majors - probably still include Detroit so maybe 12 as major


the mediums are places like Seattle (could move up soon), Minneapolis, Cleveland, NOLAs, Baltimore, St Louis (a few of these were probably once major now down) etc.


Then the minors like growing places not yet all there like a Cbus and Austin and Nashville or others minor and steady like a Providence RI etc.


just my two cents
I don't have specific criteria, but intuitively I feel that a middling category should be recognized.
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:21 PM
 
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I think some people are confusing "major" city with "global" or "world class" city. The threshold for being a major city is much lower than being a world class or global city. I would consider Phoenix, Cleveland, and Minneapolis to be major cities but wouldn't consider them to be world class at all.
A city might be significant regionally, without being global.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I think there is a category missing with medium


for me today there are about 11 or so majors - probably still include Detroit so maybe 12 as major


the mediums are places like Seattle (could move up soon), Minneapolis, Cleveland, NOLAs, Baltimore, St Louis (a few of these were probably once major now down) etc.


Then the minors like growing places not yet all there like a Cbus and Austin and Nashville or others minor and steady like a Providence RI etc.


just my two cents
I agree with this sentiment. Incidentally, I am originally from Philly. I live near Raleigh now, and there is no way I consider this a major city. It's medium at best.
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Old 12-15-2016, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Biggest I don't consider major: San Bernardino/Riverside. This one is obvious.

Largest I consider major: Baltimore. I have a hard time classifying Portland, Orlando, San Antonio, etc, as "major cities".
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