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Old 07-02-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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Should these two cities be added to metro New Orleans along with the other small cities right accross the state line
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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In my opinion, no. Gulfport is 83 miles from New Orleans and Biloxi is 90 miles. Take into account Baton Rouge is 77 miles away. Would it make sense to add Baton Rouge to New Orleans metro?

Maybe the question arises based on the population of Gulfport/Biloxi metro (240,000). If so, how about Montgomery metro (340,000) being added to Birmingham metro or Meridian micropolitan (110,000) added to Jackson metro? All are about the same distance from their respective larger metro areas.

Gulfport/Biloxi has for many many years sustained itself, prospered, and developed its own identity and history.

Smaller towns right on or near the state line, that may make more sense.

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Old 07-03-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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What about part of the CSA
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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What about part of the CSA
This taken from Wikipedia, because I didn't know exactly what constitutes a CSA. "CSAs represent multiple metropolitan or micropolitan areas that have a moderate degree of employment interchange. CSAs often represent regions with overlapping labor and media markets."

I'm not sure how many people live in Gulfport/Biloxi and work in New Orleans or vice versa given the distance between them, and since I don't live on the coast I don't know how much the media markets overlap. I can't make a call on this one. I THINK that not many people would commute that far.

As for the smaller towns, let's take Pearlington, MS as it sits right on the state line. Pearlington is 34.6 miles from Gulfport and 39.1 miles from New Orleans according to Google Maps. I think Pearlington would take advantage of both media markets and employment markets.

I don't know, anyone else?
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:30 AM
 
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New Orleans and these cities share the same culture
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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Which cities? Gulfport and Biloxi, or the smaller towns near the state line? Those smaller towns, regardless of culture, being closer to Gulfport/Biloxi, as well as being in the same state as Gulfport/Biloxi would make more sense being in the Gulfport/Biloxi metro or CSA. I think there is a shared gulf coast culture that New Orleans doesn't have exclusive domain over, so I don't think culture should dictate what cities are in the metro or CSA. I know that New Orleans has elements of culture that are unique, so does Gulfport/Biloxi.

Even if those small towns shared elements of New Orleans culture, and i'm sure they do, they also share elements of Mississippi gulf coast culture. The thought that we must lump everyone together we perceive as like doesn't make sense to me. That would stifle diversity.

You would need to extend the New Orleans CSA 50 miles East to pick up Gulfport and Biloxi. That isn't even counting Moss Point, Pascagoula, and Ocean Springs. Even if you extended it to encompass Gulfport/Biloxi, unless you followed I-10 you would also encompass Poplarville, possibly Wiggins, and Saucier since the New Orleans CSA extends north to the Bogalusa area.

Distance would seem to make more sense to me.

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Old 07-05-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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I think Emeril has a restaurant somewhere on the coast
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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New Orleans and these cities share the same culture
Similar but not the same culture. Yes the french and spanish ran all across the gulf coast yet I also disagree Gpt/Blxi should not and will never be added to New Orleans metro area. They push for their own tourism on the coast trying as much as possible to exclude New Orleans.
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:44 PM
 
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I think Emeril has a restaurant somewhere on the coast
BB King has a blues club in Orlando, but that doesn't make Orlando home of the blues.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:02 PM
 
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IMHO, I wouldn't include Biloxi and Gulfport as part of greater New Orleans. Yes, there are some similar cultural characteristics, but there are still enough differences for me to say, "No." They are not in close proximity to NOLA. Generally, Biloxi and Gulfport (along with Ocean Springs) is viewed demographically together. Gautier, which is the next town to the East of Ocean Springs, is viewed demographically with Pascagoula. All share some common threads, but are different, none-the-less. Mississippi promotes their own tourism, while Louisiana promotes theirs. I don't see them ever aligning to the point of promoting Biloxi and Gulfport as part of greater NOLA.
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