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Old 05-07-2014, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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I'm pretty sure this list is dumb, even if Atlanta made the cut.

What is the purpose of this list and how could it not include Washington D.C. of all places in the U.S.?




EDIT: I see where they put "social buzz"...

I now know why the list looks the way it does. Turns out, it's a popularity contest. I guess those Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta peeps are holding the city down.
You dont think Atlanta deserves its rank? It hosted the '96 Olympics and is a big media city
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:59 PM
 
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You dont think Atlanta deserves its rank? It hosted the '96 Olympics and is a big media city
The Walking Dead also has given Atlanta a lot of attention.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Because it's stupid and awful and cheesy. Why would people in Germany or Japan or New Zealand want to listen to country "music".
Lmao
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:06 AM
 
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Based on the terrible descriptions of those cities, I'm curious if they have been to any of them, or are just reading up wikipedia travel guides??
New York's "description" was rather dull - and non descriptive. LA's, meanwhile, was glowing… literally - "sheer glitter."
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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New York's "description" was rather dull - and non descriptive. LA's, meanwhile, was glowing… literally - "sheer glitter."
As silly as these rankings are, it's really nice to read a description of Los Angeles that isn't oozing with cynicism and negativity. It's rare, and much appreciated.

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Old 05-08-2014, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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And by thriving transportation system, they mean a massive network of freeways and a public transit system that hardly anybody uses.
If by a public transit system that hardly anybody uses means the 8th most used rapid transit system in the US that just happens to directly connect the airport to most convention, hotel, tourist destinations, and 4 of the metro's larges business districts, then yes.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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You dont think Atlanta deserves its rank? It hosted the '96 Olympics and is a big media city
I'd say Atlanta is in the ball park of being ranked correctly. It wouldn't be surprising to me if it was a few spots lower (and off the list) or where it is.

There are many worthy cities in the world.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:03 AM
 
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If by a public transit system that hardly anybody uses means the 8th most used rapid transit system in the US that just happens to directly connect the airport to most convention, hotel, tourist destinations, and 4 of the metro's larges business districts, then yes.
The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta MSA had a 3.1% transit commute modal share as of 2011. That's terrible. Even by American standards.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:12 AM
 
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As silly as these rankings are, it's really nice to read a description of Los Angeles that isn't oozing with cynicism and negativity. It's rare, and much appreciated.
I just laughed at the comments like San Francisco is good except for the constant rain - it rains a little over 1 inch on average from May through September.

Atlanta's starts right off with the amazing public transit. Yeah, it's good for a southern city to have MARTA, but lets be real. That's not exactly the "showcase" of Atlanta there.
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:37 AM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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Before there is any more jimmy rustling, the Guardians descriptions have no relation to the study that they cite.

Here is their criteria:

The world cities with the most powerful brands - get the data | Cities | theguardian.com

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The report measures two aspects of a city's brand: its “assets” – attractions, climate, infrastructure (particularly transport), safety and economic prosperity – and its “buzz”, a combination of social media (Facebook likes and Twitter sentiment analysis) and media mentions. Assets and buzz were each graded out of 10; the numbers were added to produce a total score. (Scroll down for an interactive bar chart of the final ranking.)
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