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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 09-10-2012, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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All the cities with more than 200 votes win! (NYC, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, and DC)

 
Old 09-11-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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In my opinion:

Tier 1: (Only US city that can match Lon, Tokyo, etc)
NYC

Tier 2:
LA

Tier 3:
Chicago

Tier 4 (world class cities, but on small scale)
SF/Bos/DC

Tier 5: (maybe)
Philly- lots of history, great institutions, but the city is somewhat faded vs. SF/Bos/DC.

Tier 6: (up and coming)
Atl/Dal/Hou/Sea/Mia
There are no tiers! You are either WC or you aren't. Philly is definitely world class. Miami is also.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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New York City: obviously world class. First rate across the board. Financial center of the US, etc.

Los Angeles: Has a different feel than the older cities, but still world class. It has over 12 million in the metro and over three million in the city proper. Iconic around the globe and the entertainment capital of the world.

Chicago: A population of over 9 million in the metro and almost three million in the city. Outstanding density, transportation, skyline, etc. It has been overtaken by LA, but to me it still feels like the "Second City" in the US.

Washington, DC: the nation's capitol is a recent addition to the list. It has always had the political power, but only in the last 15-20 years has the city really hit its stride with a booming economy, increased density, etc. Haters still want to think of it like it was in the 1980's, but IMO it has joined the club. Physically the District is small, but it punches well above its weight with important public institutions such as the government and the smithsonian institution.

San Francisco: Very small, but it just barely sneaks onto the list. It has the economy, the density, & the scenic beauty to stand in there. I can also see the argument that it doesn't quite measure up.

Close, but not quite there: Boston, Philly, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami. Boston is the closest, and it may in fact already be there. It has an older vibe from its extraordinary history and of course some of the most important educational institutions in the world. Philly was a world city in the past, but others have caught and passed it. It still feels like a big city and is very vibrant, but IMO not quite world class. The sunbelt cities, especially the ones in Texas are growing quickly and may join the club soon. To really be world class they need a bit more definition and something iconic to make them stand out when compared to other growing cities.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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New York City: obviously world class. First rate across the board. Financial center of the US, etc.

Los Angeles: Has a different feel than the older cities, but still world class. It has over 12 million in the metro and over three million in the city proper. Iconic around the globe and the entertainment capital of the world.

Chicago: A population of over 9 million in the metro and almost three million in the city. Outstanding density, transportation, skyline, etc. It has been overtaken by LA, but to me it still feels like the "Second City" in the US.

Washington, DC: the nation's capitol is a recent addition to the list. It has always had the political power, but only in the last 15-20 years has the city really hit its stride with a booming economy, increased density, etc. Haters still want to think of it like it was in the 1980's, but IMO it has joined the club. Physically the District is small, but it punches well above its weight with important public institutions such as the government and the smithsonian institution.

San Francisco: Very small, but it just barely sneaks onto the list. It has the economy, the density, & the scenic beauty to stand in there. I can also see the argument that it doesn't quite measure up.

Close, but not quite there: Boston, Philly, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami. Boston is the closest, and it may in fact already be there. It has an older vibe from its extraordinary history and of course some of the most important educational institutions in the world. Philly was a world city in the past, but others have caught and passed it. It still feels like a big city and is very vibrant, but IMO not quite world class. The sunbelt cities, especially the ones in Texas are growing quickly and may join the club soon. To really be world class they need a bit more definition and something iconic to make them stand out when compared to other growing cities.
You mean like maybe hosting an Olympics?
 
Old 09-11-2012, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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You mean like maybe hosting an Olympics?
Salt Lake City and Lake Placid will be thrilled.

Sorry man, hosting an Olympics in itself does not make a city world class.
 
Old 09-12-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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I went with NYC, Chicago, LA, Philadelphia, Boston, DC and San Fran. I was on the fence about Atlanta and Las Vegas. Atlanta's an up and comer, for sure, but I don't think it's quite made its mark the way the old cities have. Vegas, I just don't know. It undisputedly has all of the amenities and occasion for a world class city, it's just the whole thing feels designed for tourists. I donno, there's a certain fakeness about Vegas that I couldn't vote for it.

The rest should go without explanation, I think. They are all destination cities with at least several of the criteria. Massive amounts of history, culture, world culture, art both private and public, world ranked schools, mass transit, and probably a lot of other things I'm not remembering right now.
 
Old 09-12-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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Salt Lake City and Lake Placid will be thrilled.

Sorry man, hosting an Olympics in itself does not make a city world class.
Please...don't bring up obviously outmatched cities that hosted a Winter Olympics as examples. That's nonsense.

Who said that hosting an Olympics in itself makes a city world class? I certainly didn't...but you yourself DID say that a city "needs something iconic to make it stand out" and winning the Summer Olympics certainly fits the bill. It helped elevate Atlanta to international fame.
 
Old 09-12-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Vegas, I just don't know. It undisputedly has all of the amenities and occasion for a world class city, it's just the whole thing feels designed for tourists. I donno, there's a certain fakeness about Vegas that I couldn't vote for it.
Pretty much most of the stuff that Vegas is famous for is actually outside of the city limits in unincorporated Clark County on the Strip. There's some world-class casino hotels and restaurants there, but outside of that you'd be hard-pressed to really find much world class about the Vegas area. I mean it doesn't even match up to much of the Phoenix area once you get outside the Strip--it's pretty bland sprawl. Calling the Strip a "World-class tourist destination" is about as far as one might be able to go in labeling Vegas.
 
Old 09-12-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Pretty much most of the stuff that Vegas is famous for is actually outside of the city limits in unincorporated Clark County on the Strip. There's some world-class casino hotels and restaurants there, but outside of that you'd be hard-pressed to really find much world class about the Vegas area. I mean it doesn't even match up to much of the Phoenix area once you get outside the Strip--it's pretty bland sprawl. Calling the Strip a "World-class tourist destination" is about as far as one might be able to go in labeling Vegas.
Thanks, that is exactly the title I was looking for.
 
Old 09-12-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Please...don't bring up obviously outmatched cities that hosted a Winter Olympics as examples. That's nonsense.

Who said that hosting an Olympics in itself makes a city world class? I certainly didn't...but you yourself DID say that a city "needs something iconic to make it stand out" and winning the Summer Olympics certainly fits the bill. It helped elevate Atlanta to international fame.
No, I did not say that. You should check who you quote.

If anything Atlanta's fame has come more from hip-hop, its history, its airport, and its popularity in pop-culture. But as far as world class goes, Atlanta is roughly in the same as its southern counterparts Houston and Dallas.
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