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Everyone has varying opinions of where your city is headed as far as development goes. Where is yours headed? Do you see more density? More urban sprawl? Where is it all going? Is it healthy? Or do you even care??
 

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KC is on a good track right now. Lots of density happening in the downtown area and that will only continue in the next decade. Even though the urban core will become more dense and have a lot more activity, I still see there being the same amount of sprawl occurring on the outskirts of the metro....especially if gas prices are low enough to keep people driving their cars everywhere.

The KS side will continue to spur tourism with the racetrack, The Legends, Schlitterbahn resort, and a proposed sports park near the river which would ENORMOUS (hotels, soccer fields, retail). Plus there should be a very large resort-like casino opening in the next few years near the waterpark and racetrack area. So the tourism industry will be strong in the coming years.
 

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Indianapolis has lots of good developments U/C and proposed that will help the city such as Lucas Oil Stadium, the JW Marriott Hotel, the proposal to develop the former Market Square site, an expanding IUPUI campus, the Cultural Trail, and a nice mid-rise condo on North Meridian.

Indy's suburbs are BOOMING, especially Plainfield, Carmel and Fishers.

There are three mega developments either U/C, approved for construction, or proposed on the north side, and with the new state of the art airport terminal slated to open in 2008, the western burbs (Plainfield) will grow even further.
 

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Out of the 100 fastest growing counties in America (using population figures between 2000 to 2006), 4 of them are in the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area and all 4 are on the edge of town. They include Scott County (MN), Sherburne County (MN), Wright County (MN), and Wisconsin's fastest growing county...St. Croix County.

For a reference here is a map of counties:


Most of our suburbs within the 494/694 loop have been building more and more infill over the years and that will continue to happen and those populations continue to increase (keep in mind its a lot easier to improve percent increase for population gains when the total population is relatively small to begin with...giving dense counties like Hennepin or Ramsey an unlikely chance to be in the top 100 even if they gain more total people than the others). The 394 and 694 within the next 10-20 years will look like the 494 section on the between 169 and the airport...lots of tall office or massive office structures.

As far as the two downtowns...for the immediate future the Twinsville developments, vikings developments, and washington avenue conversion into a boulevard will transform downtown by simply making it more pedestrian friendly all over not just around the central core. I also see between 2-6 new office towers being built in the next 10-15 years ranging in height from 300-1000 feet. Beyond that you really have your standard development.

The central corridor LRT along with the potential sports complex featuring a soccer stadium and baseball stadium for the saints will help transform and revitalize downtown st paul.

I don't know, its hard to predict the future. The best way to predict the future is to look at trends. Look at what our skyline did in like a 35 year period...basically went from the Foshay and the Rand tower to what we have now...will we see that kind of growth in 35 more years? maybe...maybe not...we will just have to wait and see. I bet most people 40 years ago would never have guessed our skyline was going to transform as much as it did.
 

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please note: dramatization

haha...I think the important thing to realize for those not familiar with the area is that the north west part of those colored in counties includes the St Cloud area. St Cloud is a decently sized "satellite city" as some might call it but as the map also shows...its getting swallowed despite the fact that most of the people there work and live in the St Cloud area. Its starting to become one continuous stretch of development (although its not quite there yet, its got another 10, 15, maybe 20 years probably before it will be like that but its gonna happen sooner or later).

My theory with the Wisconsin side is that the Met Council doesn't have jurisdiction in Wisconsin. The Met Council is supposed to be in place to help prevent sprawl development (along with doing other stuff) but if you develop in Wisconsin a Minnesota body of government can't do anything even if it might negatively affect an area with sprawl.
 
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