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View Poll Results: Choose the city which will be the best in 2032:
Rio de Janeiro 4 36.36%
Buenos Aires 5 45.45%
Sao Paulo 6 54.55%
Santiago 2 18.18%
Mexico City 3 27.27%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 11. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:48 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Based on how these 4 cities are currently developing and are projected to develop, which do you think will likely be the best one in 20 years? The criteria are:

Economy/GDP per capita
Public transportation
COL/Affordability
Tourist attractions
Global rank
Modern amenities
Cleanliness
Walkability
Location
Scenery

Which city will be the best for retirement especially?
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Buenos Aires.

Sao Paulo and Mexico City are already too big and have too many social problems. So does Rio but, for its incredible beauty, people will overlook that. I'll overlook that, but I don't ever see it becoming the economic hub of Brazil.

Santiago was the de facto city, and country (Chile), to look at between 2000 and 2010 in South America. I think they still have their act together, but I think Buenos Aires has bounced back. I saw it first in 2003 when it was in bad shape economically, though I couldn't tell that from what I saw except for some sidewalks in shabby shape, and I saw it again in 2005, when there were cranes up for new buildings. Santiago has a very bad air pollution problem, and the fact that the Andes plummet down to hem in the city does not help that. I think Santiago will be right behind Buenos Aires, though.
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:19 PM
 
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The leading cities in Latin America are the following (in order of importance for the global economy/global influence):

Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Mexico City (Mexico)
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Santiago (Chile)
Bogota (Colombia)
Caracas (Venezuela)
Lima (Peru)
Montevideo (Uruguay)
Monterrey (Mexico)
Panama City (Panama)
San Juan (Puerto Rico)
Guatemala City (Guatemala)
San Jose (Costa Rica)
Guadalajara (Mexico)
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
San Salvador (El Salvador)
Porto Alegre (Brazil)
Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
Guayaquil (Ecuador)
Curitiba (Brazil)

These Latin American cities were classified as Alpha, Alpha -, Beta +, Beta, Beta -, Gamma +, Gamma, and Gamma -.

GaWC - The World According to GaWC 2010
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:18 AM
 
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The leading cities in Latin America are the following (in order of importance for the global economy/global influence):

Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Mexico City (Mexico)
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Santiago (Chile)
Bogota (Colombia)
Caracas (Venezuela)
Lima (Peru)
Montevideo (Uruguay)
Monterrey (Mexico)
Panama City (Panama)
San Juan (Puerto Rico)
Guatemala City (Guatemala)
San Jose (Costa Rica)
Guadalajara (Mexico)
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
San Salvador (El Salvador)
Porto Alegre (Brazil)
Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
Guayaquil (Ecuador)
Curitiba (Brazil)

These Latin American cities were classified as Alpha, Alpha -, Beta +, Beta, Beta -, Gamma +, Gamma, and Gamma -.

GaWC - The World According to GaWC 2010
You forgot Rio on that list......


Answering the OP, the cities you mentioned are the top 5 richest cities in Latin America (I assume that's why you chose them), so they're likely to be considerably better 20 years from now. Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Santiago are all capitals, so they have an edge there, since they basically overshadow the rest of the cities in their countries and get more investments and growth, just like London or Paris. Still, I think it's quite hard to excel in all of the criteria you chose, so I have to agree with robertpolyglot when he says Rio, SP and MC are too big with too many problems that won't go away that easily....BA and Santiago have problems too, but considering everything, I think they balance it all a little bit better, and seeing you mentioned retirement, I think one of these two would be the best bet.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Based on how these 4 cities are currently developing and are projected to develop, which do you think will likely be the best one in 20 years? The criteria are:

Economy/GDP per capita
Public transportation
COL/Affordability
Tourist attractions
Global rank
Modern amenities
Cleanliness
Walkability
Location
Scenery

Which city will be the best for retirement especially?
For your criteria, especially in terms of tourist attractions, amenities and scenery (both natural or otherwise), I'd say Bueno Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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For your criteria, especially in terms of tourist attractions, amenities and scenery (both natural or otherwise), I'd say Bueno Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
Yes. While very different, these TWO are far and away the most interesting cities in South America.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Brasilia
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I think São Paulo will be the star among asteroids.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Brazil
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I believe São Paulo will still be the richest, but the best will be Santiago!!
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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I believe São Paulo will still be the richest, but the best will be Santiago!!
Pretty much the way it already is, so not much will change. I'll add that Rio will still be the cidade maravilosa, Buenos Aires as european and charming as ever, Caracas may bounce back but it'll be overshadow by Lima and Bogota while MC... well Mexico City will continue to be its own Sui Generis surreal thing.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Brazil
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Bogota can be a surprise, today its airport is busier than all Rio airports together!
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