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Old 07-07-2014, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Since when were Chicago and Los Angeles not world class cities?
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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They already are? The only thing is NYC is THEE "world class city" throughout the world. If you're asking are they world class? Yes of course these 3 and a few more are. If you're asking what do that have to be to be New York, then there you have a problem because no city will ever be New York.

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Old 07-07-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Since when were Chicago and Los Angeles not world class cities?
New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco are the top world class cities within America.

Other cities such as Boston, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and Dallas would be a notch below the above.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco are the top world class cities within America.

Other cities such as Boston, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and Dallas would be a notch below the above.
This.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Raccoon City
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I'd say they still need a few more decades to build up their reputation. New York City has always been big and important from its founding centuries ago. LA and Chicago are still relatively recent boomtowns compared to established metropolises like Tokyo, Shanghai, London, Paris, and NYC that have been around for hundreds of years. Once LA and Chicago hit a certain age, they'll probably have more international respect as established cities, but until then, they have to earn respect.
For the most part, Chicago and New York entered the world stage together during the late nineteenth century, when America began to urbanize and emerge as an industrial power. New York was number one no doubt, but Chicago's rep was boosted by international events like the World's Columbian Exposition. Both cities were among the five largest in the world by 1900. Philadelphia was most likely well known too. LA came a few decades later as a premier entertainment capital.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The only city in the US that I think most people would agree is world class is NYC. Chicago, DC, and LA are up there, but not quite.
This is just not an opinion worth debating. Stick to Richmond.
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:29 AM
 
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If we're talking Paris-London-Tokyo-Hong Kong-Istanbul-Moscow-Shanghai type cities, then probably only NYC is world class in the U.S. I guess someone could argue LA too based on size, cultural weight and economic importance.

But if we're agreeing that Milan, Frankfurt, St. Petersburg, Toronto, Berlin, etc. are world class, then, yes, Chicago, DC, SF are world class (and possibly Boston and Philly too, but now we're pushing it a bit).

The problem is that the difference between NYC and the other U.S. cities is enormous, so it's a bit weird labeling all the cities as world class, and then not labeling cities just below the DC-Chicago-SF type cities as world class. Someplace like Miami, Houston or Atlanta is a lot closer to DC-Chicago-SF than DC-Chicago-SF is to NYC (or even to LA).
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Allendale MI
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If we're talking Paris-London-Tokyo-Hong Kong-Istanbul-Moscow-Shanghai type cities, then probably only NYC is world class in the U.S. I guess someone could argue LA too based on size, cultural weight and economic importance.

But if we're agreeing that Milan, Frankfurt, St. Petersburg, Toronto, Berlin, etc. are world class, then, yes, Chicago, DC, SF are world class (and possibly Boston and Philly too, but now we're pushing it a bit).

The problem is that the difference between NYC and the other U.S. cities is enormous, so it's a bit weird labeling all the cities as world class, and then not labeling cities just below the DC-Chicago-SF type cities as world class. Someplace like Miami, Houston or Atlanta is a lot closer to DC-Chicago-SF than DC-Chicago-SF is to NYC (or even to LA).
What puts Istanbul over Chicago or LA?
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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What puts Istanbul over Chicago or LA?

This is the guy who argued exhaustively that Chicago isn't even in San Fran's class. Just file him away as a Chicago hater without the ability to make any objective statements when it comes to Chicago and I'm sure many other cities he doesn't like for whatever personal reasons.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:12 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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If we're talking Paris-London-Tokyo-Hong Kong-Istanbul-Moscow-Shanghai type cities, then probably only NYC is world class in the U.S. I guess someone could argue LA too based on size, cultural weight and economic importance.
Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC typically rank higher than Istanbul, Moscow and Shanghai on global city metrics - even though that is not the same as "world class." But, something to consider.
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