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My view is that Indy and Columbus are the closest thing to twin cities in the US
My view is that Indy and Columbus are the closest thing to twin cities in the US.
Thanks for the informative link.Interestingly, the Columbus Dispatch's take on this is that Columubs is falling behind Indianapolis, which grew by 9%. (Actually, there's a degree of artificiality going on here. Madison County, Indiana was in the Indy MSA but was taken out at the county's request. Add them back in and Indy's MSA population is slightly ahead of Columbus, but the growth rate would slow too - I don't have the figures in front of me, but Madison County has lost population since 2000. My view is that Indy and Columbus are the closest thing to twin cities in the US).http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/content/local_news/stories/2007/04/05/INDYGROW.ART_ART_04-05-07_A1_JN69TF6.html
Cincy could pass Cleveland soon if based on those numbers, however, having lived in both I would find it hard to believe since Cleveland just feels like a bigger city when you are there.
^ Back in the day Cleveland's city proper population was nearly 1 million, and has an infrastructure for such. I had friends that visited on business and have heard more than once, they didn't know it was that big.The city proper of Cleveland still has about 130,000 more people than Cincinnati. The numbers above are for the entire metro areas.
Well, as usual, let's assume that Akron and Cleveland are sooooo sooooo far apart that they are different MSA's. But in places like California and even elsewhere in Ohio, other MSA's stretch for 100' and 100's of miles. Truth and behold, Akron/Cleveland is one MSA and *by far* the largest in Ohio.
True...and in all honesty, if Cincinnati-Dayton become 1 metro; then so should Cleveland-Akron (including Canton). Because I think that it is very reasonable to consider the southern Dayton metro counties in the discussion...I don't think that the northern counties have much relation. But I guess its an all or nothing kind of thing; so go ahead and combine it.
I never understood this logic of "Hey, if we only combine 75 counties into our MSA, our population will be over XX million and we'll be bigger than YY". Companies and people see right through that. Rearranging the deck chairs with MSA definitions doesn't affect how big a city is really in any meaningful sense.
33 counties?? Holy cow. With no mass transit to most of them counties and when gas hits $4-$5 i expect some counties to be dropped, but then again, they would move closeer to the city.