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Sep 22, 2007 07:18 AM

Where does the line between mid-atlantic and tri-state region lie?

and who has created it? It seems absolutely abitrary to call Elizabeth, NJ (home of Newark airport (serving the greater NYC area) mid-atlantic and Newark, NJ (adjacent to Elizabeth) tri-state.... Can you please discuss how this division was created? And perhaps in your discussion, state why NJ can't just have it's own board.

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  1. We don't have hard and fast lines for dividing up geography, so there are some areas, especially in central New Jersey and around the edges of the city boards, where the line can be a bit blurry. The moderators do their best to put things on the board they think is most appropriate (often the one with the most previous discussion of a given place based on search results).

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      Are there counties that are deemed "mid-atlantic" and others "tri-state"...Just knowing that would be a great help.
      For example: this post was in the tri-state but it's clearly refering to mid-atlantic (i think???)

      1. re: sixelagogo

        Answers to your questions here:

        Although, as you'll see, there are two areas - the New York/NNJ and the New York-Newark-Bridgeport, which is now used more often when people talk about New York City population growth (that's why we're 21 million now..that counts everything from Trenton to Torrington to Kingston to the Poconos - no kidding..Pike County, PA is in the Newark metro area statistically, so it is part of the New York MSA as a result).

        New Jersey deserves its own board, but then again, it sort of owns Mid-Atlantic board. Which makes sense, because the only two sub-regions within Mid-Atlantic without their own board at this point are Delaware and Upstate New York. Maryland - the part with people in it - mostly falls under DC/Balt board, incl the eastern shore vacation

        1. re: biryaniboy

          I thought upstate NY was on the Tri-State board ....

          1. re: MMRuth

            exactly..which makes me wonder why driving a mere 20 minutes would put n. jersey in the mid-atlantic, while its region of "tri-state" places its region as the same as the finger lakes....hmmm....reminds me of indiana with its two time zones...confusing all round.

            1. re: sixelagogo

              I've only been around a couple of years, but I'm wondering if CH's regional boards grew organically some how, which might explain the current state of affairs. Also - FWIW - I think parts of CT are onTri-State, and parts are on New England. To me that kind of makes sense - that areas from which people might commute to work in NYC would be called the "Tri-State area". The only outliers, if that was the original definition, would be upstate NY and eastern Long-Island, I suppose. Not that any of that really helps you!

              1. re: MMRuth

                I believe Chowhound was started with a focus on New York City, and grew from there.