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View Poll Results: 3rd Largest Metro in PA?
Allentown 18 56.25%
Scranton 2 6.25%
Harrisburg 5 15.63%
Lancaster 3 9.38%
York 0 0%
Reading 1 3.13%
Erie 1 3.13%
State College 1 3.13%
Johnstown 0 0%
Altoona 0 0%
New Castle 1 3.13%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-07-2014, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Philly
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I've randomly visited the city of West Chester for work last Spring. It was beautiful. Loved the downtown. Ate at "Mas" an amazing Mexican restuarant. Who knew in the middle of pennsylvanis is good mexican? lmao. but yeah west chester was hella chill, I could see it growing fast and its not far from that king of prussia mall, which is like a bonus.
actually, SW chester county used to be the ONLY place you could get good mexican in Pennsylvania. Mexicans have been working the mushroom farms for generations (some of them are now owned by mexican americans). not saying I'd blame you for not knowing that little piece of local history. west chester is also close to tax free DE.
clark park-you can literally walk from bethlehem into allentown, it's the same metro
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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West Chester is only about 20,000 people and has a land area of 1.8 square miles. I don't see it being able to get very large.

West Chester, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As far as very small cities go however, it's definitely awesome. I would put it right up there with Conshohocken which I think will grow faster than West Chester since it is in a slightly better location in between highways, in the middle of more wealth and a better job market, closer to Philadelphia, and access to public transit.

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Philly
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west chester's largest problem is transit access. despite being as densely populated as norristown, conshohocken, or upper darby the main transit route to center city is a grueling 80-90 min bus and el ride. wealth nor job access are issues as it's easy to get to KoP, great valley, 202 (obviously), and Delaware. it's fundamentally different than conshy though, it has a lot more old charm but a lot less vacant land for new housing. it's also a borough and not it's own metro
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:44 PM
 
Location: The Flagship City
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Metro. Is the question not clear/should I revise it?
It should be fine to leave it. I just noticed that the title of the thread was city and the title of the poll was metro.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Although many of our state's medium-sized metropolitan areas are growing moderately, it makes sense that the Lehigh Valley (Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton) will continue to remain third for a considerable time to come because it is so far ahead of the fourth-place region.

I do wonder if the Lehigh Valley will continue to lose its independent identity, though, as it is helplessly annexed as an exurb of both Philadelphia and NYC.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Philly
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Although many of our state's medium-sized metropolitan areas are growing moderately, it makes sense that the Lehigh Valley (Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton) will continue to remain third for a considerable time to come because it is so far ahead of the fourth-place region.

I do wonder if the Lehigh Valley will continue to lose its independent identity, though, as it is helplessly annexed as an exurb of both Philadelphia and NYC.
it has always been a feeder region for those two cities. it used cheap coal to make steel to send to those two places. unlike scranton it does still have a functional regional economy of its own
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Kittanning
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Cranberry.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Central Texas. Wait, I mean South Texas. Actually, both Central and South Texas
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Why are Johnstown and New Castle available choices? These two are poster cities for decaying rust-belt wastelands. Their populations have been fleeing in masses for several decades. Furthermore, from the 2010 census: pop. of Johnstown 20,978, pop. of New Castle 23,128. These two towns are probably among the least likely to see any kind of pop. growth. In fact, it would be a miracle if the pop. of these two were to hold at their current levels.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Washington County, PA
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Why are Johnstown and New Castle available choices? These two are poster cities for decaying rust-belt wastelands. Their populations have been fleeing in masses for several decades. Furthermore, from the 2010 census: pop. of Johnstown 20,978, pop. of New Castle 23,128. These two towns are probably among the least likely to see any kind of pop. growth. In fact, it would be a miracle if the pop. of these two were to hold at their current levels.
I included all metros in the state whether if they are performing well or not. I'm just surprised new castle got a vote.
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:13 AM
 
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I included all metros in the state whether if they are performing well or not. I'm just surprised new castle got a vote.
New Castle is not a metro... it is a Micropolitan Area.

You forgot two metros... Lebanon and Williamsport.
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