Dismuke Posted July 16, 2006 Report Share Posted July 16, 2006 (edited) Here's something interesting I found on the Fort Worth Forum at FortWorthArchitecture.com: Dallas-Fort Worth now No. 4 in nation Dallas Business Journal - 3:06 PM CDT Thursday by Glenn HunterEditor Dallas-Fort Worth has vaulted past greater Philadelphia to become the nation's fourth-largest metropolitan area, the Greater Dallas Chamber said Thursday. The chamber based its claim on U.S. Census Bureau data that, in July 2005, showed D-FW in fifth place with 5.819 million residents, just behind Philadelphia's 5.823 million. However, the chamber says, because the Metroplex gains about 365 new residents every day -- compared to just 72 for Philadelphia -- D-FW overtook the Pennyslvania metro last year and since has pulled well ahead. D-FW's new position won't be official until July 2007, the chamber said, when the census bureau releases its latest population estimate. Dr. Lyssa Jenkens, the chamber's chief economist, said the new ranking would cause "companies around the world to see Dallas-Fort Worth with new eyes." Economist Ray Perryman, CEO of The Perryman Group in Waco, said surpassing Philadelphia would send a signal to investors that D-FW is "a fast-growing area, and that the area is indeed fast-growing relative to other areas. "It's not a huge change," Perryman added, "but people will make note that we're moving up higher, that we're becoming more dynamic." The chamber said New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are the nation's most populous metropolitan areas, in that order. Miami; Houston; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; and Detroit round out the top 10, in that order, following D-FW and Philadelphia. Kind of neat. I am not into the sort of "mine is bigger than yours" nonsense that certain "civic booster" type collectivist mentalities tend to be obsessed with. However, for people such as myself who have niche tastes I think there are certain advantages inherent in living in or near to a very large metro area. There are a great many very charming small towns and small cities out there and I think for those who tend to have mainstream tastes and interests, they are a very viable alternative to some of the hassles of big cities with their taxes, traffic and crime. I think as high speed Internet access becomes more widely available in remote areas, small towns which have been dying for decades might end up seeing a new era of prosperity. On the other hand - how many fellow Objectivists could one expect to run into if one lived in a city such as Amarillo (not that Amarillo is an example of a charming small city!)? Last year when I was in New York City to attend the Ayn Rand Centennial activities, I also attended two different performances of local bands which play 1920s and 1930s popular music in an authentic style. The only time I have ever been able to attend such a performance in all of Texas, let alone the Metroplex, was when such a band from Germany made a single performance stop in San Antonio. By putting up an announcement inviting Radio Dismuke listeners in the NYC area to join me for the performances, I was able to overnight meet a larger circle of people who share my passion for early 1900s music and pop culture than I have ever been able to come across in all the years I have lived in the Metroplex. There is a HUGE concentration (relatively speaking, of course) of 1920s and 1930s enthusiasts in the Los Angeles area and a large concentration of Objectivists as well. When I finally get around to visiting LA, it is going to be a challenge for me to meet all of the various online friends I have made over the years in both areas of interest. I think New York City is as close to a utopia as any post World War II city can be in terms of what a city should look and feel like. I would love to live there. The problem is: too much socialism. And the problem with LA is similar: too much socialism plus earthquakes, which is something I do not care to have to worry about. For a very long time, I have always felt that all the majority of cool activities and people I run across online tend to be concentrated on the east and west coasts. In recent years, however, I have noticed that Texas is starting to become a distant third in that regard. This seems to be increasingly reflected in the concentration of participants on this forum: I have noticed quite a few are from Texas, though not all from D/FW. The same trend is also starting to emerge on The Fedora Lounge, a discussion board where lots of early 1900s enthusiasts participate. Of course, Objectivism and the early 1900s are just my particular niche interests - but I wouldn't be surprised if a similar trend is beginning to emerge for people with other obscure interests as well. Of course, there are other factors beyond the size of a metro area that come into play. In the early 1990s, Austin was one of the big hot spots of local Objectivist activity with several later prominent Objectivists attending school there. But as for that city today - well, this Forum has a local section for Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston but not Austin and off the top of my head I can only think of one poster here who is from Austin. Clearly something other than size of the metro area was responsible for the level of early 1990s Objectivist activity in Austin. There was a small handful of individuals who made it happen. But, leaving out the factor of regional cultural differences, having a large metro area to draw from certainly helps if one wishes to build a local community of like minded people. Long term, I think the outlook for the Metroplex and Texas in general is excellent. New York and California are both in the process of destroying themselves with their very statist and oppressive state and local governments. Why on earth a business that does not have to be there in order to be close to its market would even consider locating to those People's Republic microcosms is beyond me - and it is no wonder that there is a net exodus of businesses from those states. New York City's population continues to grow only because of foreign immigrants and the high birthrate of such immigrants - not because people and businesses are moving in from other areas of the USA. Local government in Texas is far from perfect - but we have no state income tax and it is certainly less insane than it is in other states. And the negative stereotypes about Texas may even help us as well. The last thing we need is a mass migration of people who think the likes of Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are civilized, decent and moral individuals worthy of respect and power to flood into Texas and ruin Texas like they did their home states. Perhaps our stereotype as being a redneck backwater will scare off the worst sort of people and, at the same time, be something that the better sort of people fleeing from those states will dismiss once they see the reality of the situation. Unlike New York and Los Angeles, I suspect that the glory days of the Metroplex remain in the future and not in a wonderful past which may or may not be someday recaptured. Interestingly enough, there are some who predict that in a few decades, Fort Worth will eventually overtake Dallas as being the dominant city in the region. If so, that would certainly make for a very different Metroplex than the one we currently know. Since I first moved here from Dallas county in the early 1990s, Fort Worth has grown up a LOT in terms of available amenities relative to those available in Dallas. Last I checked Fort Worth by itself already ranks as the nation's 20th largest city. Regardless, it is certainly nice to be living in an area that one can see getting better with each passing year instead of the opposite. And if we can eventually catch up - or at least narrow the gap - with the "coolness" factor that the east and west costs currently offer despite being so heavily socialist, that would really be great. Edited July 16, 2006 by Dismuke Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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