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Old 10-12-2019, 01:58 PM
 
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A city tends to be known because it's THE center for something. I agree that Detroit would be known globally (first world) for being the center of the US car industry, and by anyone who listened to Motown-type music.

I didn't know where Beyonce was from. But the world would know Houston for NASA. A decent number would know it for oil.
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Old 10-12-2019, 02:35 PM
 
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Cities with a distinctive history and culture are best known overseas: New York, Chicago, LA, DC, Miami, New Orleans, Vegas, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta. Maybe add Boston and Orlando. Everything else, to the vast majority of oversea folks, is Podunk.

I'm from metro Boston. I've done tons of global business travel. In Asia, I usually say I'm from near New York unless it's a well-traveled high tech person. That at least sets my time zone correctly.


Generally, I think once you get past New York, DC, LA, and San Francisco, the average person in the street in Europe or Asia isn't going to be able to find it on a map. There really isn't much reason to know Chicago these days globally. I think you'd have better luck with Florida in Europe than Miami or Orlando. Nobody is going to know New Orleans.
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:00 PM
 
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Nobody is going to know Houston for its diverse population internationally. Think about our own population. Do you think Americans know Paris for its massive Indian population? Amsterdam for its massive Indonesian population or its large port? Does your average American know Houston or Dallas equivalent cities worldwide like Bogota, Lima, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, etc.? Your average American couldnt even label them on a map. They may have heard the names of the cities. They know they exist but thats about it. Nobody knows what those cities are known for specifically.

Generally, nobody is going to know Houston at all. Why would they ever need to? Their oil comes from the Middle East. They don't get the constant NASA indoctrination.



I'm a bit lost on "Paris" and "massive Indian population". Google turns up a wiki that says there are 65,000 in the whole country. North Africans? Sure. If I'm looking for chicken tikka masala, I'm going to London, not Paris.


Amsterdam isn't the big port. That's Rotterdam. You actually have to work at it to find rijsttafel in Amsterdam. There isn't Indonesian food on every corner.
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Old 10-12-2019, 06:51 PM
 
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Detroit is also known for Motown and Detroit Rock. Detroit was known as music city way before Eminem and Kid Rock. In the 1960s and 70s, Detroit was synonymous with cars and music.
Besides, Eminem wasn't born in Detroit. He was born in St Joseph, Missouri. He didn't really grow up in Detroit either as far as I know. He grew up mostly in Warren, Michigan.
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Old 10-13-2019, 01:21 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Most well known

New York
Washington DC
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Chicago
Las Vegas
New Orleans
Miami

Less Well Known but still widely known

Atlanta
Houston
Dallas
Detroit
Philadelphia
Nashville
Memphis
San Diego

Important Cities that are surprisingly not well known

Charleston SC
Savannah
Pittsburgh
Columbus
Minneapolis
Charlotte
Tampa
St. Louis
Kansas City
San Antonio (the legend of the Alamo doesn't seem to extent beyond the USA)
Denver
Colorado Springs

Smaller cities that are surprisingly known....

Key West
Atlantic City (especially in Asian countries because of gambling)
Anchorage, Alaska
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Houston for Living/Los Angeles for Work
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Generally, nobody is going to know Houston at all. Why would they ever need to? Their oil comes from the Middle East. They don't get the constant NASA indoctrination.



I'm a bit lost on "Paris" and "massive Indian population". Google turns up a wiki that says there are 65,000 in the whole country. North Africans? Sure. If I'm looking for chicken tikka masala, I'm going to London, not Paris.


Amsterdam isn't the big port. That's Rotterdam. You actually have to work at it to find rijsttafel in Amsterdam. There isn't Indonesian food on every corner.
That’s the opposite extreme. I travel quite a bit internationally and many more people know Houston than don’t. They can’t tell you much about the city but they know of it.

But really NYC, LA, DC, SF, Miami, and Chicago. Those are the ones that are probably best known.
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:37 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Honolulu, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:41 AM
 
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New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Honolulu, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
This is a good list, but not sure about Boston.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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Not sure why Miami, a city with 2/3 foreigners who came from somewhere outside the US, would not be included. Surely these foreigners must have heard of Miami before moving to this minority majority city.

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This is a good list, but not sure about Boston.
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Point Loma, San Diego, CA
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A city tends to be known because it's THE center for something. I agree that Detroit would be known globally (first world) for being the center of the US car industry, and by anyone who listened to Motown-type music.

I didn't know where Beyonce was from. But the world would know Houston for NASA. A decent number would know it for oil.
I agree that Detroit should be in the top category, I don't think all those international business travelers from the 50's through the 90's forgot about it. Pistons and Tigers are iconic sports teams. In fact, there might even be a case to place Detroit above Chicago, as Chicago is not really known for one thing but many.
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