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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
Boston (Metropolitan area included) 124 47.15%
San Francisco (Bay Area/Metro) 139 52.85%
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Default San Francisco VS Boston

I want to see how two of the most densest cities, two of the most prestigious cities, and in many ways two of the most compatible cities compare to each other.
Both are renowned for education, it will be interesting to see how far that discussion goes and the different takes on that. Harvard's nearly impossible to beat, but Stanford's top notch too.

My criteria:

- Nightlife
- Diversity (economy)
- Diversity (culture/people)
- Languages spoken
- Education (Will be the most anticipated criteria IMHO)
- Lifestyle
- Friendly people
- Climate
- Medicine (Hospitals, clinics, health related things)
- Natural scenery
- Shopping
- Economy overall
- Population city proper and metropolitan area
- Benefits from location
- Public Transportation
- Airports
- Vibrancy of downtown
- Museums
- Theater, Music, & Arts scene
- History
- Parks
- Food
- Anything else you can come up with to compare these two cities.

Be civil, try not to bash, and be respectful of others's opinions.

And please, try to properly give reasoning why you picked a certain place and at least attempt to follow the criteria.

And yes, we are not just comparing the city, but the entire metropolitan area as well.

Be creative.

Last edited by JMT; 05-24-2014 at 05:37 AM..
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Long Beach
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I honestly believe san Francisco and Boston are meant for each other.

They are both major financial centers, not only on a national scale, but a world scale.
They are the two largest high tech centers in the nation-Silicon Valley and Rte 128.
Similar population statistics-7.4 million and 7.6 milllion.
Similar political thoughts-liberal/democrat.
Cities on a Bay-San Francisco Bay and Massachusetts Bay.
Cities that tend to be forgotten in lieu of their larger neighbors (LA and NY).
Historically the most important cities until the above cities grew due to immigration.
The two most "livable" cities in the nation and the world.
They are the centers of education (although I would give Boston this distinction) but nonetheless.

Shall I keep going?
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:33 PM
 
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Boston by alot.

Its like an older sanfran except with culture and class.

SanFran, the young wannabe. Its really a cool city though that I wanna see some day but............

Its culture is still a little weird(and finding itself), definitley nothing like Boston.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Jersey Boy living in Florida
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If you're talking about ethnic culture I actually think San Francisco has more than Boston.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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SF has A LOT more culture than Boston, you are talking about ethnic culture right?
Yes.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:59 PM
 
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Their sense of identity
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Jersey Boy living in Florida
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what...
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:56 PM
 
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Both are renowned for education, it will be interesting to see how far that discussion goes and the different takes on that. Harvard's nearly impossible to beat, but Stanford's top notch too.
Heard of MIT and Berkeley? Apparently not.

Boston pales in comparison to Bay Area tech scene/VC funding. Even with MIT/Harvard as sources of creative innovation, still hasn't managed to even come close to what Stanford/Berkeley has yielded.

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Old 05-25-2010, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Heard of MIT and Berkeley? Apparently not.
Yes, I have. I've seen Berkeley's campus. What's your point? I wasn't trying to list all the schools I was just trying to get this started.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:09 PM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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Originally Posted by OmShahi View Post
I want to see how two of the most densest cities, two of the most prestigious cities, and in many ways two of the most compatible cities compare to each other.
Both are renowned for education, it will be interesting to see how far that discussion goes and the different takes on that. Harvard's nearly impossible to beat, but Stanford's top notch too.

My criteria:

- Nightlife
- Diversity (economy)
- Diversity (culture/people)
- Languages spoken
- Education (Will be the most anticipated criteria IMHO)
- Lifestyle
- Friendly people
- Climate
- Medicine (Hospitals, clinics, health related things)
- Natural scenery
- Shopping
- Economy overall
- Population city proper and metropolitan area
- Benefits from location
- Public Transportation
- Airports
- Skyline
- Vibrancy of downtown
- Museums
- Theater, Music, & Arts scene
- History
- Parks
- Food
- Anything else you can come up with to compare these two cities.

Be civil, try not to bash, and be respectful of others's opinions.

And please, try to properly give reasoning why you picked a certain place and at least attempt to follow the criteria.

And yes, we are not just comparing the city, but the entire metropolitan area as well.

Be creative.
- Nightlife - Boston
- Diversity (economy) - San Francisco
- Diversity (culture/people) - San Francisco
- Languages spoken - San Francisco
- Education (Will be the most anticipated criteria IMHO) - Toss up
- Lifestyle - Toss up, but SF is more relaxing I suppose
- Friendly people - San Francisco
- Climate - San Francisco
- Medicine (Hospitals, clinics, health related things) - Boston
- Natural scenery - San Francisco
- Shopping - Boston
- Economy overall - Idk
- Population city proper and metropolitan area SF is bigger city proper, but Boston had a bigger metro
- Benefits from location - Boston
- Public Transportation - Boston, by a lot
- Airports - San Francisco
- Skyline - Tie, they're both great
- Vibrancy of downtown - Boston
- Museums - Boston
- Theater, Music, & Arts scene - Boston
- History - Boston
- Parks - San Francisco
- Food - San Francisco



San Francisco seems cool, but I hate Earthquakes. Boston's east coast location is ideal for me.
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