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Old 12-23-2013, 08:24 AM
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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And which have stayed relatively stable?

I don't know if I'm right, but I get the feeling Madrid is one city which has improved. It seems possibly the 3rd most prominent city in the EU now overall (or is set to be) and is lauded for quality of life and it's metro. Ironical when Spain seems to be struggling.

London is still holding strong given the UK's woes but it's never really sunk. In the 50s it seemed a rather dull place but now it's exciting, international and again can go toe to toe (and in some ways exceed) New York.

Manchester seems to be having a renaissance. Milan in Italy seems booming, at least judging from the massive crowds shopping I saw and the cranes building Italy's first real skyline.

Athens has probably fallen.

I can't really speak for other cities. How do they compare to how they were in say 1990 or so?
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:54 AM
Location: Leeds, UK
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Liverpool declined a lot in the 80s, and has risen a lot this century. I'd say its transformation is amongst the most remarkable.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:01 AM
Location: Finland
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Helsinki rose from a yuppie-city neighboring the Soviet Union in the 80's to a truly international and multicultural city. It defeated suburbanization and became a transport and commercial hub on an international scale. As a backlash, the apartment prices are becoming close to Paris.
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Old 12-25-2013, 04:19 PM
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I don't know if Milan has risen in prominence. It has always been perceived as Italy's economic engine (with Torino perhaps) and it hasn't changed. I agree that Madrid's prominence is higher than it used to be, but 3rd in the EU? I guess it depends on the point of view but I'd say in general, Amsterdam and Berlin are still ahead? In my mind, the saying used to be "if you go to Spain, go to Barcelona and Andalusia (Sevilla Cordoba etc), you can skip Madrid", and now Madrid is a must too.

Economically, Warszawa has risen (and Moscow too if you include Russia). I can't really think of any cities that have "fallen"... maybe Barcelona vs. the Olympics peak?
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:07 PM
Location: Lisbon - Portugal
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Lisbon, which is being regarded as new "Barcelona" of Europe. Nowadays culturally it´s at the same level of Madrid and Barcelona, and it´s a resing touristic destination

Lisbon - voted the "coolest" town in Europe by Slate Le premier classement Slate des villes d

Lisbon voted best city destination in Europe 2013 (World Tourism Awards) - Lisbon voted best city destination in Europe - eTurboNews.com

Lisbon - Voted elected 4 most beautilful city in Europe and top 10 for the next decade The 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES in the World | The Guide to the World's Most Beautiful Places and Sites
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:00 PM
Location: 59°N
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Oslo, Norway

The Fjord City Project:

  • Filipstad - contruction from 2014->
  • Tjuvholmen
  • Aker Brygge - renovation started in 2013 and will be finished in 2015
  • National Gallery- opening in 2018 - budget: €670 mill
East: Bjørvika Area - will finished in 2020 - total cost: around €10 billion:
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:02 PM
Location: Midwest
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Prague is excellent. Fairly low crime, lower cost of living compared to most large European cities.

Paris seems to be declining. Costs keep going up, so does crime. The areas which used to be decent 20-30 years ago are now somewhat ghetto.
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