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View Poll Results: Which city is more cultural?
Chicago 21 47.73%
Los Angeles 23 52.27%
Voters: 44. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-20-2014, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Dare I try another comparison thread? Having my old thread dissected down to a t, I figure there was a better way to ask this question. So I propose a new question, of the two cities which one is more cultural/cultured?

Please rank the cities accordingly using criteria that actually make a place more cultural like the presence of libraries, cinemas, theaters, museums, ethnic restaurants, unique and architectural buildings and objects, diversity, heritage, performing arts, and anything else you believe would contribute to the overall cultural diversity and prominence of the city.

Link to the other thread if you missed it:

Chicago vs Los Angeles Which one is more cultural and iconic?
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:48 PM
 
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LA without a doubt, Chicago still has to catch up to the bay area before it can go toe to toe with LA.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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I'd say it's pretty even - which I wish there was a poll option for it. Both have a lot of non-ethnic cultural groups in them, and then when you get into racial/ethnic cultural groups both have many people from all around the world living there.

Also for data besides census numbers you can do stuff like bring in number of diplomatic missions into account. This has a direct correlation with who lives in that city, usually. A country isn't going to set up shop somewhere if there aren't a number of people in that area already. Although they may be late to the game sometimes (for example, the population from Kyrgyzstan in Chicago has exploded recently but there's no mission there yet, but there is in LA probably because the ones in LA have been there for longer).

Right now Chicago has 85 official and honorary missions from other countries, while LA has 102. For the record, San Francisco has 71. The following are countries' missions (counting honorary ones) which the other city doesn't have.

Los Angeles
Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Bolivia
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Central African Republic
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Ethiopia
Fiji
Georgia
Guinea
Iraq
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Malaysia
Nicaragua
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Togo
United Arab Emirates

Chicago
Barbados
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comoros
Grenada
Haiti
India
Jordan
Mongolia
Rwanda
Sao Tome and the Principe
Serbia
Singapore
Slovenia
Sweden
Uganda
Ukraine
Venezuela


Keep in mind while one city may have a mission the other city doesn't, it doesn't mean that there's a ridiculous amount of those people there. It just means that there's a good change they are more represented in that city than the other. It doesn't mean much for what you'd feel in the city - sometimes they are obvious in the city due to the stores (i.e. India) and sometimes not (Sao Tome and the Principe)

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Old 04-20-2014, 11:13 PM
 
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Books have been written about Chicago; have any of you ever read The Jungle?
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'd call it a tie.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Books have been written about Chicago; have any of you ever read The Jungle?
I couldn't stand reading this book. Not that it wasn't well written, it was just downright depressing. Never again will I read it, unless I have to.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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I couldn't stand reading this book. Not that it wasn't well written, it was just downright depressing. Never again will I read it, unless I have to.
Thank god that doesn't exist, at least in that capacity, in the US anymore huh?
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:53 PM
 
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LA, but it's close.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:59 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Books have been written about Chicago; have any of you ever read The Jungle?
I have read it, it's an excellent novel. But I fail to see where you're going with this ("Books have been written about Chicago") as it relates to this thread topic.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Thank god that doesn't exist, at least in that capacity, in the US anymore huh?
Yes!!! That was so hard getting through.

My English professor that year was a vegetarian/health nut/animal rights activist/organic food lover, so The Jungle was a perfect read for us, according to her beliefs. We also read Fast Food Nation and she made us watch one of those PETA videos, which was also depressing and sickening. I couldn't eat meat after that (I quickly got over it, the next day).
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