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View Poll Results: Which city is the second most important in the nation?
LA 196 34.21%
Chicago 165 28.80%
DC 81 14.14%
SF 37 6.46%
Boston 62 10.82%
Houston 32 5.58%
Voters: 573. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-15-2009, 05:43 PM
 
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Haha, really? Based on what?
Wash DC has an extremely strong case for being #1 because of its position as capital of the nation. LA also has a very strong case as well because of the economic power and worldwide importance.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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new york could be #2 or 3.
NY is at the top of so many criteria that I seriously doubt its any lower than 2(and that's only if the seat of govt is deemed to be more important than economic, cultural and social impact combined-and I just can't concur with that).

Otherwise, if we weigh all the criteria, I think LA is the definite stand out for number 2.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:45 AM
 
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New York aside, the real question is.... which city can lead the U.S to compete with the rest of the world? A beta city like LA just can't fill that role.

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NY is at the top of so many criteria that I seriously doubt its any lower than 2(and that's only if the seat of govt is deemed to be more important than economic, cultural and social impact combined-and I just can't concur with that).

Otherwise, if we weigh all the criteria, I think LA is the definite stand out for number 2.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:08 AM
 
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I feel that both Chicago and Houston are probably in better positions to fill NYC's global role if anything were to, err, happen. Los Angeles's economy isn't diversified enough to handle such things whereas I feel Houston and Chicago's are comparatively diverse.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:11 AM
 
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Chicago, because LA is 1B.
That's how I see it, too.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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Second Most Important Culturally: LA

Second Most Important Economically: Chicago
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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New York aside, the real question is.... which city can lead the U.S to compete with the rest of the world? A beta city like LA just can't fill that role.
Economics is one factor, not the only factor. It isnt even really more important than the other things that must be considered.

And like clockwork, your irrational denial about what 'Beta' means is really pathetic.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:10 AM
 
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I feel that both Chicago and Houston are probably in better positions to fill NYC's global role if anything were to, err, happen. Los Angeles's economy isn't diversified enough to handle such things whereas I feel Houston and Chicago's are comparatively diverse.
Houston's economy is hardly diverse. Its definitely ruled by one industry. Chicago's bragging rights as evidenced by this thread revolves totally around financial markets so to say LA is not diverse is really laughable. Charlotte and SF are the nation's 2nd and 3rd largest banking Center. LA is the nations largest Manufacturing Center and so on. Particular regions play very important roles.

And how would Chicago fill NYCs role as US Media Capital(Media is a big deal btw) more than LA?

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Old 06-16-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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Houston's economy is hardly diverse. Its definitely ruled by one industry.

And how would Chicago fill NYCs role as US Media Capital(Media is a big deal btw) more than LA?
Houston is certainly very strong in the energy sector, but its other industries in high-tech sectors and financial services has been growing very quickly. It's a bit early to mention Houston, but it's certainly rearing up to diversify.

I doubt Chicago would fill NYC's role as the US media capital. LA would most likely take over in film and television industry, while journalism and publishing will likely go elsewhere (D.C., Chicago, and the bay area possibly?). However, I feel people inflate the mass media's role as a whole--it's not that media isn't important, only that media still mostly serves as a reflection and reinforcement for what occurs in the unmediated world.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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That's how I see it, too.
I totally agree.

LA is most definitely 1b.
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