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View Poll Results: Which big city indirectly influences Madison the most?
Chicago 2 28.57%
Milwaukee 5 71.43%
Twin Cities 0 0%
Voters: 7. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-22-2007, 04:30 PM
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In the Chicago forums, there is a thread about how far the "sphere of influence" from Chicago spreads. Most people thought it made it to about the stateline.

According to this link, Madison has its own sphere...but I was wondering, which big bity do people in Madison tend to relate to economically and culturaly in an indirect manner?

I would say Chicago is more influential on Madison than Milwaukee is, since I hear about a lot of people going to shop in Chicago, use their airports, spend the weekend there, go to the theater etc. Milwaukee strikes me as a bigger version of Madison, but not being that much of a draw unless people have family there.

So I will post a poll and see what you all think.

Here is an interesting link if you would like to learn more about spheres of influence around the country
CommonCensus Map Project - Maps

Last edited by Chelito23; 11-22-2007 at 04:32 PM.. Reason: forgot to post link...
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Old 11-23-2007, 04:33 PM
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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It seems to me that of the three cities mentioned, Milwaukee has the most indirect influence on Madison. This is primarily due to the fact that the two cities share the same state and communications/transportation infrastructure. Milwaukee metro sends a lot of kids to UW-Madison, and the kids take with them their (and their parents') money, attitudes, habits, and other cultural determinants. Milwaukee sends a lot of politicos, businesspeople, PR liaisons, activists, etc. to Madison's halls of power, and those people patronize Madison's businesses and otherwise help give shape to Madison's economic and cultural profile. These are just two examples, but illustrate the necessary interconnectedness between Milwaukee and Madison and doesn't happen so much at an interstate level.

As far as more "direct" cultural contacts go--for example, where people from Madison go when they decide to head for a larger city--I would say Chicago is somewhat more of a destination. But this affects Chicago's culture and economy more than Madison's. However, whatever effects this has on Madison itself, I would say that Milwaukee's impact is much more intangible and multilayered.
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