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View Poll Results: Which cities, other than NYC, LA, Chicago or San Fran, have the best museum, orchestra, theatre, bal
Boston 27 39.71%
Philadelphia 20 29.41%
Washington DC 29 42.65%
Baltimore 1 1.47%
Pittsburgh 4 5.88%
Cleveland 12 17.65%
Columbus 0 0%
Cincinnati 1 1.47%
Detroit 2 2.94%
Indianapolis 0 0%
Milwaukee 1 1.47%
Minneapolis 10 14.71%
Richmond, VA 1 1.47%
Charlotte 1 1.47%
Raleigh-Durham 1 1.47%
Nashville 4 5.88%
Memphis 1 1.47%
Atlanta 8 11.76%
Miami 5 7.35%
Tampa 0 0%
Orlando 0 0%
Birmingham 0 0%
New Orleans 4 5.88%
St Louis 1 1.47%
Kansas City 1 1.47%
Louisville 2 2.94%
Dallas 4 5.88%
Houston 8 11.76%
Austin 1 1.47%
San Antonio 0 0%
Oklahoma City 1 1.47%
Omaha 0 0%
Phoenix 1 1.47%
Albuquerque 0 0%
Las Vegas 2 2.94%
San Diego 4 5.88%
Sacramento 1 1.47%
San Jose 1 1.47%
Seattle 9 13.24%
Portland 2 2.94%
Anchorage 1 1.47%
Honolulu 0 0%
Salt Lake City 0 0%
Denver 2 2.94%
Des Moines 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 68. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-15-2019, 10:11 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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I would say DC stands alone.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I voted for numerous cities.

To me DC and Boston are neck-and-neck for being “top dog” in the poll with good reason.

Pittsburgh received its lone vote from me for its quality of museums. We have the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Heinz History Center, Carnegie Science Center, Andy Warhol Museum, the Frick, and a few other venues. We definitely punch above our weight for a city of 300,000.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:39 AM
 
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Boston, philly, dc are up and coming apparently..the poll would be better if you excluded them...at that point my answer would be Cleveland
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Also agree with the consensus that Boston, Philadelphia and DC are inappropriate options.

Boston and Philadelphia, in particular as very historic cities, had established high culture long before any city in the Midwest or West Coast. So definitely not either "upcoming" or "up-and-coming."

I think smaller legacy cities like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis are the underrated options in this regard, all being much more prominent historically and having had historic wealth/industry to foster a high society community.

Other larger, more "new money" type cities, like Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Dallas, and Minneapolis, which didn't historically have quite as much wealth-producing industry as the aforementioned cities but have all greatly benefitted economically post-WWII, are the best examples of cities that are maturing with more sophisticated culture.
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I think smaller legacy cities like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis are the underrated options in this regard, all being much more prominent historically and having had historic wealth/industry to foster a high society community.
If the question had been "what city punches MOST above its weight in this field," Cleveland would have gotten my vote. But as you say, with these cities it's a legacy of a time when they were bigger and richer. Cleveland used to be one of the Top 10 cities in population, now it's something like #50.

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Other larger, more "new money" type cities, like Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Dallas, and Minneapolis, which didn't historically have quite as much wealth-producing industry as the aforementioned cities but have all greatly benefitted economically post-WWII, are the best examples of cities that are maturing with more sophisticated culture.
I agree with this too.
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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DC, Boston and Philadelphia are already long established centers of the arts-it's almost a travesty that they are included in the poll at all. Any city with large numbers of multigenerational wealth, altruistic new money and old money/socialites, is going to have arts patrons to support those kinds of institutions.
Agree with this a million percent. Not sure why they'd be included at all considering they're already considered amongst the best.
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Which cities, other than NYC, LA, Chicago or San Francisco, have the best of these--both existing and up-and-coming:
I can understand the “big 3” being better, but is San Francisco really so much better than Boston for ballet, orchestra, museums, and theater? I guess it goes to show how much I pay attention to these sorts of things, but I thought the BSO, Boston Ballet, MFA, ISGM, etc. were some of the best in the country.
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I thought the BSO, Boston Ballet, MFA, ISGM, etc. were some of the best in the country.
They are - at least that seems to be the consensus. I think Boston and SF are pretty much comparable in this regard.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:00 AM
 
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I picked DC, although I don't see DC or Philly as "up and coming". They've been towards the top for generations.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:07 AM
 
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Which cities, other than NYC, LA, Chicago or San Francisco, have the best of these--both existing and up-and-coming:

Museums (Art, Natural History, Local)
Symphony Orchestra
Ballet Company
Live Performance Theaters
Independent Movie Theaters
Alternative music spaces like bars, clubs (think jazz, acoustic, poetry, alternative, etc)
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Well, since D.C. wasn't excluded, that's your answer.
Clearly the OP has no clue of DC's cultural options given in reality it could arguably rival NYC in terms of quality and exceeds LA, Chicago and San Francisco...especially when referring to true "high brow" culture which in my opinion refers more to museums, symphony, opera, ballet, theater and much less the new age indy/alternative versions.
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