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Old 07-15-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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Austin is surely influential when it comes to politics but being much more in the national consciousness, San Antonio, is pretty popular these days, too. I was referring to the best city lists, which, S.A, manages also to make those lists just not ranked as high all the time, as Austin seems too. Sometimes S.A ranks higher in different regards.
I hope nobody on this thread things we're talking about which cities are better than others. San Antonio may be TWICE the city that Austin is, when it comes to living there, or doing business, or having fun. I don't actually know. But whether it is or not, it's hard to argue right now that it's more influential than Austin. Austin just has too much of a cultural and political advantage.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:50 AM
 
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politically yes but I'm not sure about, culturally. People flock to San Antonio for its history and culture. People flock to Austin for sxsw and music scene. Its just a different type of draw.

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Old 07-15-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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You must be referring to the lifestyle culture?
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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You must be referring to the lifestyle culture?
Perhaps I am. Culture is a difficult word; usually when comparing cities it refers to the symphony, ballet, theatre, museums, etc. However, in this instance I meant it to refer more to "youth culture" and/or "pop culture". And yes, SXSW plays into this in a huge way.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:16 AM
 
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The same could be said about Seattle...outside of tech, mainly Microsoft, what does Seattle have?

Since Spade already covered Dallas & Houston, I'll cover Boston. Boston is as big of a tech center as Seattle, the #1 life sciences city in the country, #2 financial services center in the Americas, and is a major innovation center.
Besides Microsoft, AMAZON, Nordstrom , Starbucks, R.E.I, Boeing Comercial Airlines divension is still headquatered in Seattle also.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Besides Microsoft, AMAZON, Nordstrom , Starbucks, R.E.I, Boeing Comercial Airlines divension is still headquatered in Seattle also.
Right but you gotta take out Microsoft and Amazon since they're tech. I was criticizing someone for doing the "outside of industry X, what does City Y have?". So taking out tech, you have a coffee company, a department store, a hiking store and a division of an aviation company.

I think it's fair to say Seattle is pretty reliant on tech.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:56 AM
 
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Right but you gotta take out Microsoft and Amazon since they're tech. I was criticizing someone for doing the "outside of industry X, what does City Y have?". So taking out tech, you have a coffee company, a department store, a hiking store and a division of an aviation company.

I think it's fair to say Seattle is pretty reliant on tech.
Not really Seattle is the largest cruise port on the west coast . It has a large tourism industry some of the largest museums in the world in there fields. Seattle also has one of the top bio tech industry's in nation . Also Amazon is tech and retail worlds largest online retailer. It also has one of the largest ports in the nation a large maritime industry.
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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Not really Seattle is the largest cruise port on the west coast . It has a large tourism industry some of the largest museums in the world in there fields. Seattle also has one of the top bio tech industry's in nation . Also Amazon is tech and retail worlds largest online retailer. It also has one of the largest ports in the nation a large maritime industry.
Forgot to mention Costco also.
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Not really Seattle is the largest cruise port on the west coast . It has a large tourism industry some of the largest museums in the world in there fields. Seattle also has one of the top bio tech industry's in nation . Also Amazon is tech and retail worlds largest online retailer. It also has one of the largest ports in the nation a large maritime industry.
It's not one of the ten most visited cities in the country, so it's hard to say there's a booming tourism industry there.

If you combined the volume of the ports of Seattle & Tacoma, they'd be about the 15th largest port in the country. It's certainly a sizeable port, but not of any huge national significance.

Seattle is certainly a good biotech cluster, you're right about that. It's definitely a very well educated area with lots of contributions to high-skilled industries. I would think it's in the top 10 (prob 7-10th) when it comes to biotech. My point wasn't to say Seattle doesn't have anything other than tech...

...in fact, we're getting a little too far away from my original point which was: I really dislike it when people do the "outside of industry X, what does City Y have?" argument. The original argument set forth by a Seattleite was "what does Dallas have other than oil?". The fact of the matter is, Dallas is a major player in energy/oil just as Seattle is a major player in tech. Neither are premier players in any other industries, though they do have plenty of other economic strengths. However we can't ignore the power that comes from either city's primary industry.

This was my point.

Sure, if you're from an economy that's quite diverse, it's fair to point out that well-roundedness and the ability to thrive in multiple areas, but I'm not sure Seattle has that advantage over Dallas at this point.
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Besides Microsoft, AMAZON, Nordstrom , Starbucks, R.E.I, Boeing Comercial Airlines divension is still headquatered in Seattle also.
I was going to say.... aviation, fishing industry, the port, and tourism. For starters. There's much more to Seattle than just the tech industry.
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