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Old 12-20-2010, 06:38 PM
Location: BMORE!
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1. Baltimore
2. NYC & LA
3. Chicago
4. DC
5. Boston/Philly/ATL....

Old 12-20-2010, 08:20 PM
Location: MN
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One can you many different forms of criteria to determine the 'top 5 cities'. For the most part, these answeres are going to be heavily opinion influenced.

I'm only going to include 'large cities' I've been to. Those would be Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, San Diego, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. That's it. Pretty lame after I think about it.

I have spent at least a week in all and I'd have to rank them:

San Diego
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Old 12-20-2010, 08:43 PM
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New York
Los Angeles
San Francisco

I'm sorry I can't include Washington.... but maybe I haven't seen the right parts of it (seemed fake and fabricated, bland)
Old 12-20-2010, 09:08 PM
Location: Washington, DC NoVA
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from where i've been and remember:
1) dc (hometown is irreplaceable)
2) ny
3) pittsburgh
4) philly
5) sf

from what i think:
1) dc
2) ny
3) houston
4) atlanta
5) dallas
Old 12-21-2010, 12:55 AM
Location: I live in the Seattle neighborhood of Belltown. I live in a nice building called Mosler Lofts.
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1) New York
2) Chicago
3) Philadelphia
4) Washington D.C.
5) Seattle
Old 12-21-2010, 07:12 AM
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Originally Posted by Drago-Morph View Post
So, what are your top 5 (or 10) cities in the U.S., based on its specialties, economy, and cultural significance on a national and global scale?

I'll start mine off with the standard heavy hitters:

1. NYC
2. LA
3. Chicago
4. Washington, DC
5. Boston

(LA and Chicago will obviously be debatable)

If you want my complete top 10, here's the rest of the list:

6. San Francisco
7. Houston
8. Atlanta
9. Dallas
10. Miami
---------I'm lost after the top 3. I guess I'd add in Boston, DC, and San Francisco.
Old 12-21-2010, 07:55 AM
Location: East Coast of the United States
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My opinion:

1. New York City and Washington DC
2. Chicago
3. Boston
4. Los Angeles
5. San Francisco
Old 12-21-2010, 09:58 AM
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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If we are talking about importance, in my opinion:

1) NYC
2) LA
3) Chicago
4) DC
5) Tie between San Francisco and Boston

If we are talking about my favorites:

1) LA
2) San Francisco
3) Chicago
4) Dallas/Fort Worth
5) Tie between Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, Miami, and Denver
Old 12-21-2010, 01:17 PM
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I should probably specify the criteria more. Your top 5/10 based on opinion, and the "real" top 5/10 based on economy, national importance, global importance, unique fields (i.e. Washington with politics, L.A. with media), importance of those unique fields, cultural impact, historical impact, influence, and relevance.

The list I included in my opening post was based on those guidelines.
Old 12-21-2010, 01:19 PM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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This topic has been done before (multiple times) in the city-vs-city room. Please go there and do a search to find any/all of the existing "top city" threads, and add your thoughts to those rather than create a new one here. Thank you.
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