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Old Posted Jan 27, 2018, 4:00 PM
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Originally Posted by IrishIllini View Post
I agree cities of the south and west are also similar. I was going to make a comment about Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston.

Satellite images for the Great Lakes cities are very similar. Their downtowns are typically on or near a river, they have an unrelenting grid that thins out into curvelinear suburban streets and then country roads. This is all at varying scales, but the template is the same.

To me the sunbelt is just marketing speak for the south. I wouldn’t say the west coast is the sunbelt. Very different regions from my perspective.
Parts of the West Coast are in the Sun Belt, excluded the north west for obvious reasons.

All of these places are considered the Sun Belt. It's not just speak for the south. The southern states have their own identifier, it's called "The South". Same for the Western states and interior western states that are not in the Sun Belt.

California: Anaheim, Bakersfield, Fresno, Long Beach,
Los Angeles, Oakland, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino,
San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco
Nevada: Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Reno
Arizona: Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale,
Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria, Surprise, Yuma, Flagstaff
New Mexico: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe
Oklahoma: Lawton, Oklahoma City, Tulsa
Texas: Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso,
Ft. Worth, Houston, Irving, Laredo, Lubbock, Plano, San Antonio
Louisiana: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport
Alabama: Birmingham-Hoover, Mobile, Huntsville
Mississippi: Jackson
Georgia: Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah
Tennessee: Chattanooga, Clarksville, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville
Utah: St. George
Arkansas: Fayetteville, Little Rock
Florida: Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami,
Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach
North Carolina: Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Durham, Fayetteville, Wilmington
South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach

It is a huge geographical area and for some to say they're all similar is quite a stretch of the imagination.
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