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Old 09-28-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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I agree, actually. It's 3rd in population and it's not really even close to L.A. at all anymore, yet it has the amenities and is world-reknown on the level of NYC, London, Paris or Tokyo.

As others have mentioned, other cities that are truly their own animal are:

New Orleans: nothing like it culturally....not even close. Doesn't have to be big to be known.
Las Vegas: Similar to N.O. but not culturally. City built on gambling.
Montreal: Canadian, I know, but unique nontheless
Honolulu: looks more like something out of S. America than the U.S. Tropical, dense, isolated as hell.....unique.
New York: Biggest, baddest city in the country. Influence felt all over the world. Only Tokyo or London compare.

If you consider Montreal unique, then Quebec City should be on the list.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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The postmodernist would say that nothing can be compared to anything else because everything is unique like a snowflake.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:35 PM
 
Location: LBC
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I’m a little disappointed by people’s criteria for “unique”. How about simple geographical context?

What's the only major US city with a mountain range running down the middle of it and a recreation area managed by the National Park Service within its city limits? That mountain range is one of the only transverse(east-west ridgelines) in North America, and perhaps the only one of those types of ranges on the globe that falls into the ocean. All this located within a climatic zone found on only 2% of Earth’s land mass.

Anyone?
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I’m a little disappointed by people’s criteria for “unique”. How about simple geographical context?

What's the only major US city with a mountain range running down the middle of it and a recreation area managed by the National Park Service within its city limits? That mountain range is one of the only transverse(east-west ridgelines) in North America, and perhaps the only one of those types of ranges on the globe that falls into the ocean. All this located within a climatic zone found on only 2% of Earth’s land mass.

Anyone?
Indianapolis?
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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I’m a little disappointed by people’s criteria for “unique”. How about simple geographical context?

What's the only major US city with a mountain range running down the middle of it and a recreation area managed by the National Park Service within its city limits? That mountain range is one of the only transverse(east-west ridgelines) in North America, and perhaps the only one of those types of ranges on the globe that falls into the ocean. All this located within a climatic zone found on only 2% of Earth’s land mass.

Anyone?
Could be Los Angeles...
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: LBC
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Could be Los Angeles...
Could be right!

If the question is "which of these is most unlike like the others", I think one needs to work overtime to ignore Los Angeles. The city's proximity to the regions natural beauty and its (sometimes abusive) relationship its local ecosystem is what makes it truly unique. It helps explain both its challenges and its charms.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:33 PM
 
Location: The Bay and Maryland
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San Francisco. Can't believe it hasn't garnered more comments than it has. I've traveled extensively around the country and there is nothing like it. Geography, history, architecture, political bent, social inclinations, demographics. Nothing even remotely close.
That is because people on this forum are sick of reading about San Francisco. Everybody thinks SF is the city with the most overinflated ego. Somehow, many on this forum seems to believe that NY has deserved the right to be so bragadocious.

But just looking at the facts, SF really can't be compared to any big U.S. city. SF is, by far, the most liberal county in America. That, in itself, makes SF extremely unique. What other big U.S. city has a 30% Asian population? Parts of SF, like the Sunset district and Chinatown, feel more like China than anywhere in America. In what other major American city do they announce bus stops in three different languages on the public transit (they don't even do that in NYC)? What other city on the West Coast of the United States is as urbanized and built up as SF? What other major U.S. city has the annual temperature range of 50 to 75 degrees? What other big American city has several microclimates within its city limits? What other major American city is known for its thick fog and chilly summers? In what other city are plastic bags illegal? In what other American city can you attend a completely legal Medical Cannibus Cup where everyone is openly smoking weed? Where in America is it easier to obtain high quality weed than SF? In what other American city are there hills, with streets and houses built on them, within the city limits that are taller than many of the skyscrapers downtown? What other American city has more unique and stunning topographical views of the cityscape from the perspective of a pedestrian walking the street? Read it and weep but SF is the first American city on this list of worldwide must visit cities:

25 World's Best Places to Visit | U.S. News Travel

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Old 09-28-2011, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Boston
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If you consider Montreal unique, then Quebec City should be on the list.
Absolutely. While I haven't been to a lot of Mexico, I'd argue it's by far the most unique city in North America. Probably my favorite. I generally like larger cities, but I'll visit Quebec City over Montreal any day of the week.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:48 PM
 
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Winston-Salem.

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Old 09-29-2011, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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i’m a little disappointed by people’s criteria for “unique”. How about simple geographical context?

What's the only major us city with a mountain range running down the middle of it and a recreation area managed by the national park service within its city limits? That mountain range is one of the only transverse(east-west ridgelines) in north america, and perhaps the only one of those types of ranges on the globe that falls into the ocean. All this located within a climatic zone found on only 2% of earth’s land mass.

Anyone?
Los Angeles

Edit: Already answered, nevermind
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