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View Poll Results: What is the most important megalopolis in the world?
Great Lakes (Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Pittsburgh) 4 12.50%
Northeast Corridor (New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC) 21 65.63%
Blue Banana (London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dublin, Zurich) 3 9.38%
Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen) 0 0%
Bohai Economic Rim (Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao) 1 3.13%
Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou) 0 0%
Tokaido Belt (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya) 1 3.13%
Other (list below) 2 6.25%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Palo Alto, CA
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I came across this poll regarding the most important megalopolis in the US, so I thought it might be good to do one for the entire world. Vote above.

Last edited by SoNorCal; 08-23-2012 at 04:43 PM..
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Distance from Montreal to Chicago is 746 miles. Distance from London to Zurich 483 miles. They aren't part of one "megalopolis" there are vast swades of nothing-ness and countryside between them!
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:49 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I never heard of Blue Banana, but why wouldn't it include Paris?
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Paris
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It's a bit disconnected from the densest part of the continent:
http://maps.unomaha.edu/peterson/fun.../tfsv1map5.jpg

From there to Lille (northern France), which is included, you cross empty-ish farmland. This was maybe also a political decision made by the concept's inventors, which were French. A way to denounce the French centralism and the way Paris "sucks the life" out of the nearby cities.
OP: the Blue Banana is Northern England-Northern Italy and Dublin is not included.
Btw, like Paul, I wouldn't call a thing that straddles a sea and a major mountain range a megalopolis, but the concept is rather vague anyway.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:06 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Bos-Wash. You have what is still arguably the MOST influence metropolis in the world - New York City - as well as the control centre of the most powerful nation on earth - Philly and Boston, possibly the education/medical hub of the Universe. It has a good 50-60 million people now, which makes it, I believe, the largest of these metropolises too.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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They are separate cities separated by many miles though, it is ridiculous to think they are some how connected.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Paris
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^^ They are connected by suburbia:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ht-Labeled.png

The only large gap is Hartford-Boston. There's a smaller one between Baltimore and Washington, but I guess it's soon to be filled.



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Bos-Wash. You have what is still arguably the MOST influence metropolis in the world - New York City - as well as the control centre of the most powerful nation on earth - Philly and Boston, possibly the education/medical hub of the Universe. It has a good 50-60 million people now, which makes it, I believe, the largest of these metropolises too.
Actually it's the smallest of the list.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:04 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Don't agree with blue banana. Those cities are not as connected as cities in us. So for me the bos-was is most important.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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the Northeastern U.S. Coast with BOS, NYC, Wash etc.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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The largest U.S. megalopolis with a 56.6M population is the Midwest which stretches from Ohio to St, Louis and north into Canada. It is projected the aggregate population will increase to nearly 63M in 13 years. Without comparing actual data, off the top of my head I would think that although NYC will be a strong contender the world's greatest GDP megalopolis may well be where we all least expect it.
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