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Old 08-18-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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I hear more about that city than any of the others. Even Virginia Beach, which is bigger.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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I mean anchor city
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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Correct. Norfolk is the major city of SE VA.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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I think so. Norfolk is the historical center of the region. Virginia Beach has a larger population, but it's not a more "important" city than Norfolk in my opinion. I've always thought of Norfolk as the leader with VB trying to follow in its footsteps.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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I think so. Norfolk is the historical center of the region. Virginia Beach has a larger population, but it's not a more "important" city than Norfolk in my opinion. I've always thought of Norfolk as the leader with VB trying to follow in its footsteps.
Same. Though I think it's less of a VB trying to follow in it's footsteps and more of it trying to one up Norfolk.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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Norfolk is the principal cite of the South Side, with Virginia Beach making a strong challenge.

Virginia Beach has more population but in other states it would be a county (Virginia is almost unique in having independent cities) as it is large and suburban. It isn't typical of a "city."

There is a lot going on in the Peninsula these days and I believe that many people there have no reason to go to Norfolk.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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Virginia Beach is a very nice place to live, where I grew up. But, Norfolk, is more of a City and has more jobs, particularly Government jobs.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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Norfolk is the principal cite of the South Side, with Virginia Beach making a strong challenge.
I don't think so.

For being the biggest city (population) in the STATE is sure does a pathetically poor job of being a big city. Inadequate leadership and dumb residents are really to blame, though. Just because you have a lot of people in one area doesn't make it vibrant!
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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I guess that all depends on where you are standing at in the USA when you ask that question.....I have found that most people outside the military don't know anything about Norfolk and I don't think they could find it on a map, but those same people have heard about Virginia Beach and know where it is....both cities are a whole bunch of nothing IMO but I think nationwide Virginia Beach far outshines Norfolk as being the hub for this area.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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I guess that all depends on where you are standing at in the USA when you ask that question.....I have found that most people outside the military don't know anything about Norfolk and I don't think they could find it on a map, but those same people have heard about Virginia Beach and know where it is....both cities are a whole bunch of nothing IMO but I think nationwide Virginia Beach far outshines Norfolk as being the hub for this area.
I thought that for a long time too. However when I first moved to San Francisco, I got into a discussion with a guy who was also living in there at the time but grew up in Chicago. I told him I was from the Norfolk/VB area, and he knew about both. He actually mentioned how he thought Norfolk was "like a real city" in comparison to suburban VB. Also had a couple friends there who were familiar with both Norfolk and VB. One's mother was born to a Navy family in Norfolk (which she pronounced Nor-fork, haha) and the other knew VB as a big East Coast surf town.

One of the things I realized by living away from Hampton Roads for a while is that more people know more about the area than I thought. I met lots of people in the Bay Area who knew and had been to Norfolk and VB, including a professor who grew up in DC and a guy I met on the bus one time from Raleigh. I even met a man in Galway, Ireland who knew Norfolk was important because of the government/military there.
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