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View Poll Results: Which of the following cities do you consider "World-Class"?
New York City 398 74.81%
Los Angeles 300 56.39%
Chicago 340 63.91%
Houston 106 19.92%
Dallas 82 15.41%
Phoenix 18 3.38%
Philadelphia 104 19.55%
San Antoine 39 7.33%
San Francisco 292 54.89%
Austin 25 4.70%
Boston 181 34.02%
Washington D.C. 255 47.93%
Seattle 114 21.43%
Denver 29 5.45%
Charlotte 20 3.76%
Portland 19 3.57%
Tucson 12 2.26%
Las Vegas 59 11.09%
Atlanta 87 16.35%
Omaha 17 3.20%
Minneapolis 31 5.83%
Honolulu 39 7.33%
Pittsburgh 16 3.01%
Raleigh 17 3.20%
Other (Please elaborate) 26 4.89%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 532. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-10-2008, 04:06 PM
Location: in purgurtory in London
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Originally Posted by bikegirl View Post
I believe when one is living in a perpetual parking lot from one end of the city to the other, it's kind of hard to get out and enjoy the amenities that the city has to offer. But this is just my humble opinion, of course.
Has nothing to do with living in a "perpetual parking lot" more to do with apathy if you can't be bothered to enjoy life".

Old 07-10-2008, 04:28 PM
Location: in purgurtory in London
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Between the clueless and those whose heads are so far up......... I read as much as I could. World class eh? I went searching the internet of the interpretation of world class cities and sure enough the following backs up what I thought.

A global city (also called world city) is a city deemed to be an important node point in the global economic system. The concept comes from geography and urban studies and rests on the idea that globalisation can be understood as largely created, facilitated and enacted in strategic geographic locales according to a hierarchy of importance to the operation of the global system of finance and trade. The most complex of these entities is the "global city," whereby the linkages binding a city have a direct and tangible effect on global affairs through socio-economic means....

Read more here.
Global city - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Old 07-10-2008, 05:26 PM
Location: Miami, Florida
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Originally Posted by dxiweodwo View Post
are you serious???? Okay "better weather" is pointless because everyone has different tastes, heck someone might prefer Duluth, MN's climate to Miami's(that person would be me). And you said Boise, Iowa??? WTF???
OMG Huge mistake. I'm so sorry I confused Idaho and Iowa, it really makes a difference. You had no idea what I meant and I'm sorry, I don't know what I was thinking, I don't live in the midwest but I'm expected to know every city and what state its in okay.
Old 07-14-2008, 08:14 PM
Location: RVA
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To me, world class means able to stand with the truly great cities of the world. New York, Chicago, and San Francisco are the only ones that come instantly to mind. Boston is one of America's great cities. So is Pittsburgh. So is (insert favorite city here), but world class? Hardly. I might add Washington, D.C. since it's technically a world capital.
Old 07-14-2008, 08:40 PM
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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You left out Miami, Boston, and Orlando. Miami especially should count as a world-class city and its also a very international city.
Old 07-14-2008, 10:04 PM
Location: RVA
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I haven't been to Miami, but international or diverse isn't the same as world class. I explained Boston. Orlando? EPCOT doesn't make a city world class. Having 3 or 4 world class cities isn't bad, a lot of countries don't have one.
Old 07-22-2008, 07:02 PM
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Default LA: A Class By Itself

As a California native I can testify that LA is not easily categorized. Even though I'm from the Bay Area, and most San Franciscans look down their noses at Southern Cal, every time I go there I LOVE the place.

LA has an attitude that makes you feel like you're in a special place - depending on what part of town you're in. That's the tricky part. It's too big. Most of cities that people refer to on this list are dense and geographically tight. But you can just about whatever you're looking for in LA if you're willing to get in your car to find it. It is a city with many world class amenities; restaurants, hotels, shopping, entertainment, architecture, sports, nightlife, business opportunities, etc. It's a long, long list. Oh yeah, it has a subway! You probably didn't know that.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Frank the Tank View Post
A word-class city has "critical mass" on a very large scale, which is a fancy way of saying that the proverbial whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Every decent sized city can give you a list of museums, trendy neighborhoods, parks or even a prominent site or two. However, a truly great city is when the city is the attraction ITSELF.

By that criteria, I'd say New York, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, Seattle, Las Vegas and Miami.
You nailed it on the definition, Frank the Tank. I agree.

I might disagree with you a little on Miami, though, because mainly a touristy place and it's still kind of a second tier city IMHO. It is a very international city though.

Vegas is borderline because it's also mainly a vacation destination, but it has many amenities and features that cannot be found anywhere else in the US, or the world for that matter. It also has some of the best hotels, restaurants and entertainment to found anywhere.
Old 07-22-2008, 09:41 PM
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This poll is all kind of fubar. I mean, really? Tucson? Austin? San Antoine? It appears this poll has turned into "which cities do you like the most" because only 5 or 6 of those are world class. Thats not to say some of the other cities are not great, they are just not world class.
Old 09-15-2008, 09:36 PM
Location: Los Angeles (La La Land)
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L.A. duh
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