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Tallest Suburban Skyscrapers of the Midwest


Criteria for inclusion in this list: Minimum building height of 200 feet. Must be located outside the city limits of the core city(ies) of the metro area – suburban towers within the main city’s limits are not included. Must be … Continue reading

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Eliminate shopping bore by frequenting your city’s core


This holiday season is the first one in my life where I recall making most of our family purchases at downtown stores instead of at a shopping mall, big box retailer, lifestyle center, or other strip suburban commercial complex. One … Continue reading

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Super-SIZED suburbs of the USA and Canada by land area


The following is a list of the largest suburbs in the USA and Canada as measured by land area (square miles). The minimum population for inclusion in the list is 10,000 residents. Three former suburbs that have become a core … Continue reading

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These rankings seem skewed to favor one city


Since when are the boroughs of New York City considered separate cities? Apparently, Forbes magazine believes they are synonymous even though they were consolidated to form the current city boundary in 1898. In its 2015 rankings of “the best cities for … Continue reading

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North America’s super suburbs


Here’s the list of the largest suburbs (by population) in North America. A minimum threshold of 150,000 residents was utilized. The population for all communities in the United States and Puerto Rico are 2013 Census Bureau estimates. For other nations, … Continue reading

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Suburbs predicted to soon exceed their core city


As a follow-up to last Monday’s post about those suburbs in the United States that have become larger than the original core city of the metropolitan area, here are my predictions for the next group of suburbs which could soon … Continue reading

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When a suburb becomes larger than the core city


  Below are examples from the United States of suburbs which have outgrown and overtaken the core city of the metropolitan area in population. As is evident from the list, many of these are planned retirement centers in Florida and … Continue reading

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Slang and synonyms for “suburban”


Lastly, after lists of slang and synonyms for “rural” and “urban,” below is the list for “suburban.” Once again, any additions are most welcome. Dullsville Edge City(ies) Environs Fringes Levittown Low-density development Nowhere Outskirts Sprawl Strip commercial Suburb Suburbia Suburgatory … Continue reading

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Reenergizing first-tier suburbs


While there is generally more press about the decline of many of our post-industrial cities, there are a number of first-tier suburbs that struggle economically as well. In fact, as many older inner cities have seen a millennial generation revival, … Continue reading

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“Small towns?” – Who are they kidding?


With all apologies to Business Insider, since when are cities that exceed 100,000 in population, or even exceeding 60,000 in population, considered to be “small towns?” At least they included the population of each community in their list of the ten … Continue reading

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