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Old 03-31-2011, 01:49 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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New York City
Washington DC
Chicago
San Francisco
Los Angeles

= most important cities in America
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Boston
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What's ironic, and also testament to the general ignorance of many Americans, is that the city that literally made America isn't on that list, even in spite of its size.
Actually, I was thinking about how a non-American would answer the question. That said, I'm not sure that ignoring a certain city makes one ignorant. I assume you mean Detroit, but I don't think it belongs on the list. Even in its prime, Detroit was kind of a background place. The assembly lines hummed along, churning out product for the rest of America.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Not including DC because it is technically a district and is too unique from the other cities on the list. It functions differently than a "normal" city.

New York City
Chicago
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Philadelphia/Boston/Houston
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: classified
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Actually, I was thinking about how a non-American would answer the question. That said, I'm not sure that ignoring a certain city makes one ignorant. I assume you mean Detroit, but I don't think it belongs on the list. Even in its prime, Detroit was kind of a background place. The assembly lines hummed along, churning out product for the rest of America.
Actually I believe he/she was talking about Philadelphia.

Anyways Detroit for better or worse had a huge influence culturaly on the US. Just look at Motown and GM
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista
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Actually, I was thinking about how a non-American would answer the question. That said, I'm not sure that ignoring a certain city makes one ignorant. I assume you mean Detroit, but I don't think it belongs on the list. Even in its prime, Detroit was kind of a background place. The assembly lines hummed along, churning out product for the rest of America.
haha i don't think he's talking about "manufacturing" although detroit is obviously very important.

he's talking about philadelphia. you know where america was founded. 5th largest city in the country.

to me this is the list.

nyc, la, chicago, dc, philly

the top four are of course choices... with dc being by far the most questionable but because of it's role as the center of our government i definitely think it would belong on this list.

the argument could be made for either san fran or boston instead of philly. but i don't think miami, houston, or atlanta are even in this discussion.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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Top 4 are good. I just don't see Atlanta as a city that "makes" America. Except for the airport, which is pretty important.
But Atlanta is the most American city in the whole United States, so it should be number 1.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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DC seems like an obvious inclusion simply for being the capitol, but when I think of cities with the most historical importance, the ones that literally "made america", Boston and Philadelphia come to mind before DC. I would probably take the following cities, pick five and call the other two runner-ups:

New York
Chicago
Boston
Philadelphia
Los Angeles
Washington DC
San Francisco
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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But Atlanta is the most American city in the whole United States, so it should be number 1.
I think you might have to explain your reasoning on that one.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: 75025 (previously 75254, 90505, 90010, and 60614)
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I think you might have to explain your reasoning on that one.
Seriously. Ive always thought of Chicago as the most American city in the US (given its position in the Heartland).
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:23 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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If only five I'd say

1. New York
2. Los Angeles
3. Washington DC
4. Chicago
5. San Francisco
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