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View Poll Results: Most overrated city in the US
New York City 340 21.82%
Los Angeles, California 336 21.57%
Atlanta, Georgia 351 22.53%
Orlando, Florida 243 15.60%
Washington, D.C. 107 6.87%
Miami, Florida 197 12.64%
Chicago, Illinois 163 10.46%
San Francisco, California 168 10.78%
Austin, Texas 298 19.13%
Las Vegas, Nevada 269 17.27%
Honolulu, Hawaii 73 4.69%
Other 135 8.66%
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 11 0.71%
New Orleans, Louisiana 9 0.58%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 1558. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I disagree. SF is a beautiful city, but it's not that large or bustling compared to cities like New York or London. Given its hype, one would expect a lot more things to see and do in SF than there actually is.
What cities are? Very few cities are comparable to London and NYC, including no city in the US. It ridiculous that you seem to always need a city to match up to NYC or London for it to be good or live up to it's hype, that is a very narrow minded view.

 
Old 04-29-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Also San Fran. How/why do people compare a place with barely 150 years under its belt, with any east coast city.

NYC has more character in one block, than the whole city of SF.
Is history the only thing that makes or breaks a city? Pretty one dimensional line of thinking there.
 
Old 04-29-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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Is history the only thing that makes or breaks a city? Pretty one dimensional line of thinking there.
Nahh, but it definitley holds more weight than westcoasters like to give it credit for, because the west coast is currently deficient in the local cultural department.
 
Old 04-29-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Nahh, but it definitley holds more weight than westcoasters like to give it credit for, because the west coast is currently deficient in the local cultural department.
So what? Other aspects of the west coast such as good weather, abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, and natural scenery don't seem to matter as much to people on the east coast. Doesn't necessarily take away from how great the cities are though.
 
Old 04-29-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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What cities are? Very few cities are comparable to London and NYC, including no city in the US. It ridiculous that you seem to always need a city to match up to NYC or London for it to be good or live up to it's hype, that is a very narrow minded view.
I didn't say SF is not a good city. I do feel it's over-hyped though, certainly by some folks. That's just my experience.
 
Old 04-29-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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Its just my personal opinion. I like city's with a strong sense of Identity, and that only comes through the trials and tribulations of history, it can not be bought or fabricated.

SF has a strong sense of Identity for a west coast city, but in that category it can't even compete with Charleston, SC, at the moment.

The good news is.......... It will only get stronger with time, and you modern day californians are the forefathers of things you can't even imagine right now.

I hope thats a humbling thought
 
Old 04-29-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Its just my personal opinion. I like city's with a strong sense of Identity, and that only comes through the trials and tribulations of history, it can not be bought or fabricated.

SF has a strong sense of Identity for a west coast city, but in that category it can't even compete with Charleston, SC, at the moment.
What a laugh.

San Francisco has a stronger individual identity than any American city except New York.


2009 Global City Brands Ranking
1. Paris
2. Sydney
3. London
4. Rome
5. New York
6. Barcelona
7. San Francisco
8. Los Angeles
9. Vienna
10. Madrid

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The index measures the image of 50 cities with respect to Presence, Place, Pre-requisite, People, Pulse and Potential. Each year, a total of 10,000 adultsages 18 and up are interviewed in 20 core countries.
Paris Tops Ranking in Global City Image Study; GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media and Simon Anholt Release 2009 City Brands Index

Philawho?
 
Old 04-29-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Virtually every visitor survey in the WORLD places San Francisco either at number 1 or 2 among US Cities.
Every? Good luck backing up that statement. I've seen lots of surveys showing U.S. cities that are more visited than SF.

Not that SF isn't a nice city to visit. It is the best city in California IMO.
 
Old 04-29-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I didn't say SF is not a good city. I do feel it's over-hyped though, certainly by some folks. That's just my experience.
Fair enough and I agree, SOME people do over-hype it too much but it does deserve a lot of the praise it gets from many people. I think any popular city is going to be over hyped by some people, including the one I live in.
 
Old 04-29-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Every? Good luck backing up that statement.
Even I couldnt make this up.

Actually San Francisco is frequently only surpassed by Sydney in worldwide surveys.
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San Francisco, with a total of 84.8, scored higher than Bangkok (82.2), Hong Kong (81.3), Florence (84.6), Buenos Aires (81.9) and Vancouver (82.3). The only city that scored higher than San Francisco was Sydney, Australia, with 86.9.
San Francisco Voted #1 U.S. City to Visit by Condé Nast Traveler Readers for 17th Year in a Row | Only in San Francisco News (http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/sfnews/?p=1212 - broken link)

T+L's ranking also puts SF at 2nd in the US(Obviously to NYC)
Travel + Leisure (http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2008/results.cfm?cat=citiesusca - broken link)


With all due respect, SF is often mentioned in the same breath as Paris, London, New York, Rome, Rio De Janeiro and Sydney when talking about the worldliness of cities...sorry if that hurts, but its true.
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