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Old 07-06-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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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. Chicago is losing population. DC has become a boom town over the past couple of years ,has the second most used transit system in the country, but is the arguably the most powerful city in the world. LA continuing to grow, densify, and cut back on sprawl with billions being invested in its transit system. What do these cities need to come close to competing with NYC?
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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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.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:24 AM
 
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LA needs to ditch Hollywood. Now.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:27 AM
 
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Chicago, DC and LA are already considered "Alpha cities" so not sure how much higher they can go....

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Old 07-07-2014, 08:08 AM
 
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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. Chicago is losing population. DC has become a boom town over the past couple of years ,has the second most used transit system in the country, but is the arguably the most powerful city in the world. LA continuing to grow, densify, and cut back on sprawl with billions being invested in its transit system. What do these cities need to come close to competing with NYC?

Uggh...

Chicago and Los Angeles are already bona fide world class cities in nearly every sense of the word (LA maybe not on transit). Washington, DC IMHO, is not, but close.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:39 AM
 
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What do these cities need to come close to competing with NYC?
The problem with comparing any U.S. city with New York City is that the gap between them is simply too enormous to fill, at least any time soon.

New York City is magnitudes greater than other cities in media, fashion, food, architecture, theater, public transportation, walkability, structural scale, wealth, international diversity, and on and on...

Therefore, "world class" has to be defined as something inferior to that.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Allendale MI
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LA and Chicago are as world class as they are ever going to get.
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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They need to solve their crime issues if they are to become truly "livable" cities
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:07 AM
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Chicago received a lot of European and Asian tourist when I was there in the summer.

It is well known as one of the bigger cities and being slightly cheaper than NYC (only slightly).
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:11 AM
 
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The only city in the US that I think most people would agree is world class is NYC.
People in Europe do. But people in Asia focus on LA.
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