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  1. Michael Vickers
    Michael Vickers at |

    Re: #3: Does San Diego count? It’s the 8th largest city in the US.

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    1. Clint Carter
      Clint Carter at |

      Good catch! And technically correct. However the part of San Diego sitting directly on the Mexican border is the city of San Ysidro which was annexed by San Diego around 40 years ago. It cannot be reached from the rest of San Diego by land, clearly has it’s own identity, and is about 20 miles from downtown San Diego. Really it’s just part of San Diego by administrative terms.

      In Detroit and El Paso the borders are right downtown and a prominent part of the city’s landscape. That was the main intent.

      However San Diego certainly merited an explanation. As did Buffalo for that matter as it sits on the Canadian border as well, but is only the 69th largest city in America.

      Once again good catch and the respectful manner in which it was brought up is appreciated!

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      1. Michael Vickers
        Michael Vickers at |

        Thanks for the reply, Clint. I grew up in San Diego county, not the city per se, and went to school a few years in Chula Vista which also sits right on the border.

        I figured the reason you didn’t include San Diego may have had to do with what Scott mentions – a county vs. a city thing.

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  2. Scott Ward
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    Maybe this article should’ve replaced “city” with “metropolis”. The term “city” has different legal meanings, depending on where you live. In most states, a “city” is a matter of incorporation or population. In some states, a “city” is a legally defined entity that is independently governed apart from the county that surrounds it. In Colorado, there are a series of complexities that make the definition difficult. There are consolidated city-counties (2 – Denver and Broomfield), Home Rule Municipalities (which may be cities – 61 – or towns – 35), and Statutory Cities (12).

    Another option would be “world city”, but that could make things a bit fuzzier.

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