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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Places With A Lot Of People That Were Not Cities

    Since the beginning of time (or nearly so) mankind has been gathering in big groups. Most of the time these big gatherings are "cities" or "towns". As these places mature so does their infrastructure, providing the residents with some of the things we need to survive, including shelter, access to food, heat, protection from others, a place to sell our goods and services, a place to engage in a trade, water, sanitation, etc.

    Many times very large numbers of people have gathered without a city being present. The way this Bear sees it, here are some examples:

    Major battles, involving tens of thousands of participants.

    Tent cities, lately in Africa, with refugees pouring in, making these places huge.
    Some of these places have millions of people, often with little or no services.

    Huge rock concerts, such as Woodstock and Goose Lake. (Bear was at GL.)
    Woodstock was nearly a half million people. Goose Lake was 400,000.

    Some of the world's larger soccer stadiums hold hundreds of thousands of fans.

    The Indianapolis 500.......isn't that about a quarter-million fans?

    University of Michigan's football stadium......over 110,000 every football Saturday.

    Any other examples?

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    A field near Woodstock, NY
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    Here is alp d'huez during the tour. people camp out for weeks to get prime spots.

    Having been to a michigan wolverines game I was shocked at how big the place was anf teh amount of respect that was shown for the sand traps and putting greens.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Disney World?

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    Football & Basketball
    Rank, School, Ave. Attendence in 2003 and 2002
    1 Michigan 110,918 Kentucky 21,014
    2 Penn St. 105,629 Louisville 18,929
    3 Tennessee 105,038 Indiana 17,183
    4 Ohio St. 104,870 Syracuse 17,023
    5 Georgia 92,058 Ohio St 16,603

    More detail at:
    http://www.ncaa.org
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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Disney World?
    Reedy Creek Improvement District. Technically a municipality or city under Florida state law.

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    WDW little governments

    [QUOTE=Dan]Reedy Creek Improvement District. Technically a municipality or city under Florida state law./QUOTE]

    Duh. My dad knew the guy who ran Reedy Creek forever and a day. Even he didn't have enough pull to get me a job at WDW with my less than desirable height...

    Altho' I did get a really cool behind the scenes tour.

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    Major Airports

    Some prisions, theme parks, and parts of Lake Michigan in the winter. (small towns formed from people ice fishing)

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    Major Airports Some prison
    Specially Detroit's back during the blizzard.
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    Remember Dragnet? The place the P.A.G.A.N.s hung out.
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    For Two Weeks Each Year

    For two weeks each year, an old cotton farm near Concord, NC, becomes the second or third largest city in NC. The old farm? Now Lowes Motor Speedway. You have to see this to believe it. People and campers everywhere. Don't dare say anything bad about an Earnhardt either. Too many trees around.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Football & Basketball
    Rank, School, Ave. Attendence in 2003 and 2002
    1 Michigan 110,918 Kentucky 21,014
    2 Penn St. 105,629 Louisville 18,929
    3 Tennessee 105,038 Indiana 17,183
    4 Ohio St. 104,870 Syracuse 17,023
    5 Georgia 92,058 Ohio St 16,603

    More detail at:
    http://www.ncaa.org

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    The population of Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia increases by more than 40,000 people during the Boy Scout's National Jamboree.

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    In the early to mid 90's when I was at undergrad at OLE MISS on Saturdays in the fall they would proclaim the usually small sleepy town on Oxford the 3rd biggest city in Miss. becuase of all the football fans (mostly in The Grove (park) in the center of campus, at that time there were always more people tailgaiting than in the stadium) Here is a small section of The Grove:



    [disclaimer]The flag you see in the background was the school flag at one time and is not meant to symbolize anything rather than school spirit. It is no longer the official flag, but you do still see it around (in other words, it is hard to find a pic with out it in the background).[/disclaimer]
    Last edited by H; 16 Nov 2004 at 11:47 AM.

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    On the April Saturday two weeks before the First Saturday in May, the north and south shores of the Ohio River are packed with 500,000 people to watch the Air Show and Thunder over Louisville, one of the nation's finest fireworks shows. (All Cyburbians with a fascination for incendiaries and adult libations have a standing invitation...)

    And, on the First Saturday in May we have a little horse race with 150,000 in attendance, about 100,000 of those in the infield, creating a village complete with idiots (third turn) and wise elders (second turn).
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    The Burning Man Festival in the middle of the Nevada desert each summer.
    No, I've never gone.
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