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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 40.30%
Philadelphia 19 28.36%
Washington DC 29 43.28%
Baltimore 1 1.49%
Pittsburgh 4 5.97%
Cleveland 12 17.91%
Columbus 0 0%
Cincinnati 1 1.49%
Detroit 2 2.99%
Indianapolis 0 0%
Milwaukee 1 1.49%
Minneapolis 10 14.93%
Richmond, VA 1 1.49%
Charlotte 1 1.49%
Raleigh-Durham 1 1.49%
Nashville 4 5.97%
Memphis 1 1.49%
Atlanta 8 11.94%
Miami 5 7.46%
Tampa 0 0%
Orlando 0 0%
Birmingham 0 0%
New Orleans 4 5.97%
St Louis 1 1.49%
Kansas City 1 1.49%
Louisville 2 2.99%
Dallas 4 5.97%
Houston 8 11.94%
Austin 1 1.49%
San Antonio 0 0%
Oklahoma City 1 1.49%
Omaha 0 0%
Phoenix 1 1.49%
Albuquerque 0 0%
Las Vegas 2 2.99%
San Diego 4 5.97%
Sacramento 1 1.49%
San Jose 1 1.49%
Seattle 9 13.43%
Portland 2 2.99%
Anchorage 1 1.49%
Honolulu 0 0%
Salt Lake City 0 0%
Denver 2 2.99%
Des Moines 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 67. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-17-2019, 09:41 AM
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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.
LOL thanks buddy. I do have a clue.

I've been to DC 5 times. I have not however, been to every city on the list. It's always fascinating to see others' views and experiences in a poll and a brief opinion.
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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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.
DC as a cultural rival to NYC?!? No way

I'll grant that the museums are first rate. Beyond that - the National Symphony, while decent, has never been among the country's most highly regarded orchestras (not even in the Top 10). The opera company is not usually mentioned as being equal to the established "big three" in NY, Chicago, and SF.

How is DC's theater scene? Again, I'm guessing it's decent, but no way can it compete with NY (one of the 2 undisputed theater capitals of the English-speaking world) or even Chicago (certainly the No. 2 theater city in the USA, with its world-famous traditions of improv comedy and companies like Steppenwolf etc.).
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:08 PM
 
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DC as a cultural rival to NYC?!? No way

I'll grant that the museums are first rate. Beyond that - the National Symphony, while decent, has never been among the country's most highly regarded orchestras (not even in the Top 10). The opera company is not usually mentioned as being equal to the established "big three" in NY, Chicago, and SF.

How is DC's theater scene? Again, I'm guessing it's decent, but no way can it compete with NY (one of the 2 undisputed theater capitals of the English-speaking world) or even Chicago (certainly the No. 2 theater city in the USA, with its world-famous traditions of improv comedy and companies like Steppenwolf etc.).
DC is no NYC, LA, or Chicago on the theater scene, however, we are definitely fourth most likely in America. Source: https://www.broadwayworld.com/articl...Today-20180220

National City Rankings by Amount of Week’s an Actor Can Work Nationally (Excludes the big 3 NYC/Chi/LA):
https://drive.google.com/a/sgsproper...w?usp=drivesdk
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Old Yesterday, 07:36 AM
 
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i wouldve voted boston/(san francisco) if it was listed.
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Old Yesterday, 08:30 AM
 
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Definitely Memphis, west memphis actually
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Old Yesterday, 08:32 AM
 
Location: New York City
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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.
I know you aren't the biggest fan of Philadelphia but credit should be give where due and Philadelphia is certainly neck and neck with both DC and Boston in terms of quality and offerings of high culture.

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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.
There always has to be someone who think DC is the city of the world.... DC is not a rival of NYC in any way shape or form. PERIOD....

I would also be hard pressed to consider DC exceeding LA and Chicago in terms of high culture.

San Fran is the only city with debate.
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Old Yesterday, 12:09 PM
 
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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.
Not really. The museums scene in DC is top notch with the Smithsonian and National Gallery alone. But the museums in DC act mostly as historic relics or precious objects. It does not, however, have great post-war contemporary art museums anywhere close to LA, SF or Chicago. Nor is its symphony and opera company in league with those three cities. I’ll also add that the dining scene and theater culture does not compare to what are arguably the three best food scenes in the country.

That being said, there are few world-class museums in SF, so you can arguably make the case for DC weighing weaknesses/strengths.

Also, Cleveland punches way above its weight. So yeah, its a travesty it’s ranked so low. Cleveland Symphony is arguably better than NY Phil at this moment and would be ranked in top 5 on most lists. And the Cleveland Museum of Art is a world-class encyclopedic institution that’s also the 4th richest but only gets about 700K visitors a year.

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Old Yesterday, 09:16 PM
 
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If we are talking about up and coming cities, then the general votes on the poll don't reflect that.
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Old Yesterday, 10:38 PM
 
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https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feat...city-in-the-us

This article is about a year old. Seems to focus on engagement of a cities overall population with it's cultural institutions so it focuses on "non-traditional" cultural cities. As with any of these articles it's subjective and shouldn't necessarily weight to heavily in peoples opinions.
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Old Today, 07:57 AM
 
Location: New York City
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If we are talking about up and coming cities, then the general votes on the poll don't reflect that.
Because the poll was poorly thought out. DC, Boston and Philadelphia are not up and coming.
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