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View Poll Results: Which one is the most important?
Bay Area 286 58.37%
Boston 90 18.37%
Philadelphia 93 18.98%
Confused 21 4.29%
Voters: 490. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-12-2011, 07:07 PM
 
Location: New York City
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That's fine. Boston still wins this one.
no?
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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no?
Yeah.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:42 PM
 
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this has become highly valuable


Yep

nope

yes no
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:48 PM
 
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Yep

nope

yes no
So?
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Oh no. Whoa.

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So?
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:51 PM
 
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Oh no. Whoa.
What?
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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I'm just messin' with you guys is all
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: So California
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i'm obviously partial to philadelphia but i agree with anyone who says this is a tight race. I've yet to see san francisco but from all i've heard it's the type of city i love.
and boston is one of the few other cities i could see myself living besides Philadelphia. has a very similar feel to it in my mind.

all three cities obviously are loaded with culture
all three cities obviously are extremely dense urban areas

and all three cities are obviously of extreme economical importance not just to their region but in terms of the global economy... although i admit currently Philadelphia doesn't really compete in many economical respects to boston and san fran currently as both of these cities are truly among the world wide economic powers... and philadelphia... while closer to this status than a lot of people think, i will admit is not.
so i can definitely see why people would pick boston or san fran.
I of course will make a case for philly though

Economic
1. Boston 2. San Fran 3. Philly

Size
1. Philly 2. San Fran 3. Boston

History
1. Philly 2. Boston 3. San Fran

Culture (fun things to do, museums, etc)
1. Philly 2. San Fran 3. Boston ( i know this one will be contentious, but hey i admit i'm biased)

Higher education
1.Boston 2. Philly 3. San Fran ( i really wanted to put philly first but i'll concede)

identity (people from all over can think of things that are unique to this city)

honestly three way tie.
downtown walkability
another three way tie

so there's how i figure Philadelphia is the best of these cities. although i must say all three are pretty great and definitely part of the 1st class among american cities



I realize this post is old, but I appreciate how hard you tried to be objective....


All of the polls between these cities are usually very close.
Why is this one so different?
Why is the Bay Area so dominant?
Is it because its the full metro area w/silicon valley?
Is it that the Bay Areas tech industry makes it more important in todays modern world?
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:02 AM
 
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I realize this post is old, but I appreciate how hard you tried to be objective....


All of the polls between these cities are usually very close.
Why is this one so different?
Why is the Bay Area so dominant?
Is it because its the full metro area w/silicon valley?
Is it that the Bay Areas tech industry makes it more important in todays modern world?
Well because alot of people judge the book by the cover. I went to SF a lot when I lived in Sacramento, and it was not as great as people on this site made it out to be. I definitely had more fun in Philly due to it having more things to do. I also find that the people in SF are very boring IMHO.

I prefer Philly, and this coming from someone from Los Angeles.


Boston? Wtf is a Boston ?
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Why is this one so different?
Why is the Bay Area so dominant?
Is it because its the full metro area w/silicon valley?
Is it that the Bay Areas tech industry makes it more important in today's modern world?
There are many factors involved.

Despite the insistence by some who wish for the rest of us to believe that these 3 cities are exactly alike and basically equal in every regard, we know that's just not true.

The Bay Area has a significantly larger economy than either of the other 2. That can't be dismissed no matter how people want to pretend its insignificant.

With regards to relevance in today's economy, we know the Bay Area is considered the world center of high technology, but is also a center of banking and finance, telecommunications, energy, media, apparel, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, tourism, trade & commerce, medical research, transportation, education, manufacturing and so on....EVEN Agriculture with the Napa Valley(A suburb of the Bay Area) being North America's premier wine producing region.

As a result of having such a high concentration of so much wealth producing industry, the Bay Area is also one of the affluent regions in the world, and has one of the highest concentrations of billionaires, centimillionaires and multimillionaires in the world. In fact in the entire American continent, north and south, the Bay Area is 2nd only to New York as far as the number of resident billionaires. And that does not elude people of color as the Bay Area has the 3rd highest number of high income minorities in the nation behind only NY and LA-despite being 6th in total population.

The Bay Area has more foreign born residents than Boston and Philadelphia combined, and is 3rd behind NY and LA and that is no small fete in the least no matter how people try to minimize that. The Bay Area has no racial majority and 7 of the Bay Area's 11 counties have no racial majority--its not just a urban phenomenon here. Racial and Ethnic diversity sweep well into the deepest reaches of this metro region. There are cities 40, 50, 60, 70 miles from Downtown SF that do not have White majorities. That is also a highly uncommon occurence for a US metro region, even in 2011.

But it doesnt stop there.

The Bay Area is blessed with one of the most beautiful natural setting of any place in the world and a climate that is sublime.

But that still is not the end.

San Francisco is an urban jewel that is world reknowned as an elegant, sophisticated, charming, unique urban environment, with highly coveted views at nearly every turn, vibrant streetscenes teeming with activity and the entire region is packed with cultural and recreational amenities of every kind.

Still, the things to talk about don't end there.

Let's start in 2011 and work our way back. Today the Bay Area is currently known as revolutionizing social media, wireless devices, giving people around the world a platform to express themselves for free on youtube, facebook, twitter, etc. The region is also a leader in reneweable energy, solar energy, electric cars etc. A little over a decade ago, the Bay Area blew the roof off of the internet with the dot-com explosion which eventually ended in a bust(but that's the nature of SV) but many of the world's biggest brand names such as Google and Yahoo were cemented in our global pscyche at that time. Prior to that, in the 1980s, the Bay Area made a name for itself in the fight to bring environmental issues to the forefront. In the 1970s it was the issue of gay rights and the Black Panthers, in the 1960s, it was the hippie and psychadelia movement which sought to have people think and live outside the box and protest against the ills of the vietnam war. In the 1950s, SF was the home of the beat movement which was a major American literary and social movement. In the 1940s, the Bay Area was one of the principal locations for shipbuilding and manufacturing for WW2 and the story of "Rosie the riveter" was born in the East Bay and served as a battle cry for millions of women across the country to go to work in the absence of men who were off fighting the war and the United Nations was founded in SF at this time. In the 1930s, the Bay Area was one of the biggest symbols of FDRs new deal with the construction of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, showcasing to the world American ingenuity and images were shown around the world. In the 1920, the television was invented in San Francisco by Philo T. Pharnsworth. These are seminal modern events that directly shaped America into what is now.

And we could still go back further.
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