The Southern Megalopolis Peer Review

The NC-VA ~36.5 degree parallel is much better Dividing Line. Remove from inclusion: Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia. Closer to equal land mass vs. NE. A regional approach was taken, where a more urban-centric analysis, based on trends of the past 6-years (2008 Urban Ratio baseline) would yield different results. Atlanta has the most unique advantage of being at the internal crossroads between regions. Charlotte and Nashville fall in at the 2nd tier level, while Raleigh and Birmingham are the bookends for tier-3.
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According to The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S.
Adam J. Terando, Jennifer Costanza, Curtis Belyea, Robert R. Dunn, Alexa McKerrow, Jaime A. Collazo
Published: July 23, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102261

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0102261

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Alteration of the urban core definitions to be determined upon further review. Other metro areas along the corridor chain to be evaluated in decreasing order of size. A baseline BAU urbanization scenario for a region in the Southeast U.S. that covers nine states (Figure 1). The Southeast has experienced explosive growth over the past 60 years, with a rate of population increase nearly 40% larger than the rest of the United States. Over 77 million people now live in this region.

A Case For Broader Piedmont Parallel Corridors And Newer Cities’ Growth.

Not all of that growth will be focused upon the one main corridor, look for opportunities along the Raleigh-Columbia-Macon-Montgomery State Capitals Route as well. Technology and Competitive trends indicate numerous opportunities for Private-sector transformative events to take place many times between international economic cycles and demographic swings. MOST IMPORTANTLY A much more intense, environmentally led, Infrastructure Location Analysis MUST come first.

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