MSA Geopolitical Contiguous Overlay Zones
One of the most unique attributes of an MSA is that it can transcend state boundaries. It is this unique quality of the contiguous overlay zone aspect of the MSA that allows it to exist in the superimposed reality of a multi dimensional entity that is both a part of the City/State/Region matrix yet separate from its host State of origin. It exists on its own unique Geo Spatial plane that transcends the States multiple boundaries.
There are many MSA’s that exemplify this attribute. The Cincinnati MSA transcends the Ohio State border and spreads into northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, and the New York City MSA transcends its state border and spreads into New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Baltimore MSA, by comparison, is squarely within its Maryland State Borders. Another MSA that does not transcend its States border is the Atlanta MSA. It, more than any other MSA, exemplifies an ideal concentric model of efficiency.
Fig 8 Cincinnati MSA Contiguous Overlay Zone Map
The Cincinnati MSA transcends the Ohio State border and spreads into northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.
Fig 9 New York City MSA Contiguous Overlay Zone Map
The New York City MSA transcends its State border and spreads into New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Fig 10 Atlanta MSA and Austin MSA Contiguous Overlay Zone Maps
The Atlanta and Austin MSA's are excellent examples of a well formed MSA's, as their layouts form a concentric multi faceted “circle” around the core Cities which are well within its State’s borders.
The City, Counties and any Regional entities are within the MSA’s Contiguous Overlay Zone.