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Old 08-10-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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Default All American top tier city ?

If you were to introduce someone to the United States, and wanted to pick a top tier city as the prime example of what America is, offers and represents, what city would it be? Some places just offer intangible qualities that cannot be articulated without being there first hand, but lets try. Cities that would be considered top tier that would not qualify in my mind would be a place like San Francisco, it offers a lot, but does not strike me as an American city.
My choice would be Chicago , prime Americana all the way but still being on the cutting edge and not loosing its roots.This is expressed in everything from how the city is built down to the people. Your turn
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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Chicago was my first choice as well, NYC and LA are not good Choices because they really don't represent what "true" american culture is, some good choices would be the Major Metro's of the south
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Chicago was my first choice too, and not because of my bias for it but because it really is. New York City best represents cultures from around the world and something no other city can match.
Los Angeles has this layout that started later on in American history, and it tends to feel quite spread out, if it were smaller than for sure.
Chicago has pure American architecture, many can draw parallels between Boston and Europe and New York City and more traditional European architecture with American blends.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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Chicago might be my first choice too, but others might be (without being biased and saying Minneapolis) Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, or Denver... not sure though. Chicago is probably the best choice.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I can definitely see Philadelphia working out. I cant see Boston though, it has too much of it's own regional culture, the charming New England culture, but that isn't really a portrayal of all American culture.
I think the best representation has to be a city that not only has international culture, regional culture, but overall the American culture. Chicago is the first to come to mind on that.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Houston.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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Houston,Dallas and Philly are all strong contenders, I would love to hear a case made for any of them.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:31 AM
 
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1. Chicago


2. Philadelphia
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:58 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'm not really sure how we define "top tier" or "All American" here. I guess Chicago and Philadelphia if we're being real restrictive. Cincinnati and Indianapolis if we're being more expansive about what counts as "top-tier" as they're both less than 5% "foreign born."

http://www.city-data.com/city/Cincinnati-Ohio.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Indianapolis-Indiana.html

If we went super-expansive maybe Jackson, Mississippi. Almost all English-speaking and born in the US.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/h14.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Jackson-Mississippi.html
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:41 AM
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Location: Queens, NY
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only on cd. ha.

nyc. the way its always been looked at to a foreigner. the apex of the u.s.
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