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View Poll Results: Most prestigious
Los Angeles 114 44.36%
Chicago 39 15.18%
Washington, DC 44 17.12%
San Francisco 60 23.35%
Voters: 257. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-28-2015, 11:32 AM
Location: LoS ScAnDaLoUs KiLLa CaLI
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So, over/under 50 pages before this topic is closed or dies?

Old 09-03-2015, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by 18Montclair View Post

...San Francisco has the most prestigious and highly regarded suburbs( more BY FAR), the most prestigious urban neighborhoods( does LA even have any prestigious urban neighborhoods? Certainly not near downtown)

...Los Angeles does exceptionally well as far as cultural institutions usually associated with "prestige", but then so does San Francisco. I actually would say that the combined Ballet+Opera+Symphony trio in SF tops LA but I still like the collection of LAs museums more than SF, but SFs museums have undergone and are undergoing much more dramatic and highly publicized expansions at the moment so I'll reserve judgement on museums.

We really could go on and on but its clear that some of you are confusing celebrity/ fame as prestige. That's laughable.

Within California, only people in places like Victorville or Bakersfield would ever say LA is more prestigious than SF.

Dont get me wrong, within CA, SF is blasted as a bossy, tempermental, liberal, hippie, socialist haven. But it's still considered more prestigious than LA. Actually by a very wide margin.
By a wide margin? And by whom?

By those that produce/sell/buy contemporary art?

Deal]Deal With It: LA Is the New Capital of the Art World (PHOTOS)*|*Eric Minh Swenson

There are private collectors in LA who have better examples of the work of Mark Grotjahn, Mark Bradford, Jonas Wood, and Sterling Ruby than SFMOMA. All of the above are LA-based artists.

As to the buyers of such art, it is not just locals, but global HNW individuals. See the MOCA auction at Sotheby's to get a sense of the prestige factor of LA art.

On the subject of HNW individuals, when they are not in LA viewing or buying art they are buying houses.

The]The Super-Mega-Rich Love to Own Houses in Los Angeles - Lifestyles of the Rich & Richer - Curbed LA

Overall, this is how the LA brand ranks according to a survey of city brands:

The world cities with the most powerful brands - get the data | Cities | The Guardian

I think you claimed that only people in Bakersfield or Victorville thought this way?

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Old 09-05-2015, 12:11 PM
Location: Trumpville
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San Francisco.
Old 09-05-2015, 10:49 PM
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Southern California (Its not just LA but all of Southern Cali)
Old 10-08-2015, 04:01 AM
Location: L.A. - I.E.
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Originally Posted by 18Montclair View Post
Im just saying. At some point you all need to admit that you have officially been PWNED.

The Bay Area runs west coast finance, technology and energy, SF is the most prestigious business address after New York, the region has the highest concentration of wealth, the most prestigious cultural and educational institutions, the most important and most coveted economy of really anywhere in the world, and is the first choice of educated and affluent persons on the West Coast, and SF is BY FAR, the premier urban environment on the West Coast.

The only thing you have to talk to me about is a few expensive homes in the Westside and celebrities on tv.

That's actually quite embarrassing for LA if that's all you have to counter the barrage of things I've pointed out in this thread.

The fact that you guys never go into detail about much of anything really says it all.
Couldn't say it any better. I LIVE close by L.A. and am no fan of Hollywood. Visiting the Bay Area just felt more of a powerhouse to me then L.A. and future wise San Francisco economy is definently more pound for pound important.
Old 10-31-2015, 05:02 AM
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LA is more populous, SF is more prestigious.
Old 10-31-2015, 08:51 AM
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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one of these things doesnt belong ?

miami > san fran

not hating on san fran (wonderful city); it just doesnt seem as glamourous as south beach.
Old 10-31-2015, 09:13 AM
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Just read this interesting article this morning.
Originally Posted by Wall Street Journal
Fewer than 10 U.S. homes have ever sold for $100 million or more, according to Mr. Miller, including just three in the state of California. The priciest was the 2012 sale of a $117 million property in Woodside to Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Where Prices Start at $115 Million: Bel Air

Originally Posted by Wall Street Journal
In Los Angeles, the highest known price paid for a private home is $102 million for Fleur de Lys, a 41,000-square-foot furnished mansion modeled after a French château that sold earlier this year. The home had been on the market with an asking price of $125 million since 2007.
So despite the bravado in this thread, the most expensive home ever sold in California remains a mansion in the Bay Area. Lmao. How hilarious.

In fact, according to Curbed, only 6 homes in the US have actually sold for $100 Million or greater.
2 in the NY Area, 2 in the Bay Area, 1 in Los Angeles and 1 in Montana.

Mapping the 11 Most Expensive Houses Ever Sold in America - Curbed Maps - Curbed National
Old 11-01-2015, 12:58 AM
Location: In the heights
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"Prestige" seems to fit DC on account of being the national capital more than any of the other three though I think DC and its metro has only fairly recently been sort of living it up to that.
Old 11-02-2015, 12:50 PM
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I love L.A and Chicago but my list of most prestigious after NYC is:

San Fran
Boston/D.C tie
L.A/Chicago tie

Prestigious is more about quality and than quantity. Monte Carlo is very small but is one of the most prestigious district in the world.
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