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Old 10-08-2014, 05:37 PM
 
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Why isn't Tallahassee Florida a much bigger, more influential city? It is the capital for one of the largest states, plus it's a college town for Florida State, a major university. Other similar cities, such as Austin TX and Columbus OH, are massive. They are both state capitals and college towns, and have over 800,000 people. Meanwhile Tallahassee has 180,000. So why is it some cities like Austin thrive, while similar cities such as Tallahassee remain small?
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:04 PM
 
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:06 PM
 
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^ considering a state government and major university are located there, that is plenty of jobs. These two recession-proof industries usually attract further industries as well. Which is why I'm so surprised Tallahassee isn't like Columbus
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:25 PM
 
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^ considering a state government and major university are located there, that is plenty of jobs. These two recession-proof industries usually attract further industries as well. Which is why I'm so surprised Tallahassee isn't like Columbus
what about Trenton, Harrisburg, Annapolis etc Just being a capital or even having a large college make a place large
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:32 PM
 
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yea i know.. im just wondering why some cities seem to thrive off these 2 industries and turn large, while others are just bland mid sized cities. i guess there's no definite explanation though..
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:54 PM
 
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^ considering a state government and major university are located there, that is plenty of jobs. These two recession-proof industries usually attract further industries as well. Which is why I'm so surprised Tallahassee isn't like Columbus
Maybe Tallahassee sould invest in building sidewalks for starters.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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yea i know.. im just wondering why some cities seem to thrive off these 2 industries and turn large, while others are just bland mid sized cities. i guess there's no definite explanation though..
Because cities don't thrive on just these two industries? You mention Austin and Columbus which both have large industries outside of government and education.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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The answer is geography. Tallahassee was picked to be capital because it was the halfway point on an old indian trail between Pensacola and St. Augestine, the two important cities of Florida at that time. It isn't/wasn't a sea port, a rail hub, etc. Take away the capital and the universities and it would be a tiny place.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:15 PM
 
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^ Thank you!
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:32 PM
 
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The answer is geography. Tallahassee was picked to be capital because it was the halfway point on an old indian trail between Pensacola and St. Augestine, the two important cities of Florida at that time. It isn't/wasn't a sea port, a rail hub, etc. Take away the capital and the universities and it would be a tiny place.
Absolutely! Tallahassee was nothing when it was chosen as the capital, and it really has few advantages besides the ones already cited. You did leave off FAMU, which is a major public university and also the largest HBCU in the country.

That said...Raleigh also was chosen as the capital of NC when it was essentially nothing, and it's become quite a center of activity and development with nearly 2 million people in the CSA. So what was the difference?? I'm no historian but I'll guess that NCSU, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest (until relatively recently), Shaw University, etc >> FSU and FAMU. Also it's very centrally located within a fairly large state, as well as in close proximity to a handful of large cities in the region. Tallahassee is not centrally located at all...for the state or to other large cities.
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