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Old 04-17-2015, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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New York is the financial, economic, business, and arts and cultural capital of the US. You could make a very convincing argument for entertainment too - it doesn't have as much film or online video as LA, but the theatre scene is obviously way way bigger and there is actually slightly more TV production (and I'd argue that NYC is more visible on TV; consider The Daily Show, basically every late night talk show, SNL, shows like 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Friends, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, etc etc etc etc etc on and on and on and on and on). But again, that's a dubious argument since LA really is the biggest cinema force in the West by a huge margin.

Philly is super underrated but it isn't a bigger arts and culture hub than New York.

I don't think there are any clear "#1" cities in any category past NYC, DC, the Bay Area, and LA. I guess Las Vegas would be #1 for casinos like someone said, but that's a pretty specific category. Stuff like "nature" is going to be a big toss-up between a whole bunch of cities... Seattle for sure, but also Denver, Portland, Minneapolis, Anchorage for goodness sake. I do actually like the idea of thinking of the US as having multiple distinct centers, but I wouldn't go past four.
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:37 PM
 
Location: USA
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None that have been mentioned

Insurance Capital - Hartford
Heat Capital - Phoenix or El Paso
Cold Capital - Fairbanks
Winter Resort Capital - Aspen
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: The City
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Credit Card Capital - Wilmington DE
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:16 PM
 
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OK, this time I'll not be a Philly booster and irk everyone on this forum.

The U.S. unlike many other countries doesn't have a primate city, which is one city that carries an overwhelming importance compared to the rest of the country. In the U.S. we don't have just one city that serves as gov't HQ, center of economy, entertainment, and culture. DC is the gov't HQ, but New York is the #1 city for capital and human capital. So I think there are 5 "capital cities" in the U.S. i.e. cities that are national hubs for certain things.

1) Political capital: Washington, DC. It's the home of the federal government and national agencies and institutions.

2) Financial/economic/business capital: New York. A lot of corporate HQ's there and the city is the main engine to the U.S. economy.

3) Entertainment capital: Los Angeles. Hollywood, TV production, and music recording are there. 3 out of the 4 major entertainment awards take place in LA (Tony Awards in NYC) plus Golden Globes and many others.

4) Arts and cultural capital: Philadelphia. This city is the most important in U.S. history plus it's #1 in arts, music, food, etc.

5) Tech capital: San Francisco. Silicon Valley is basically the tech hub of the world.

So feel free to comment and have differing views (I'll not troll and neither should anyone else).

I am confused....LA is number one in music recording but Philly is number one in music?...there can only be one number one...please clarify...major points to Philly on the "etc"...always wondered who was the capital of that
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:41 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Philly just no. Not even close.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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The foods pretty good in philly lol. OP makes stuff to make Philadelphians look bad.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:33 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Ugh, Philadelphia more of an arts and culture capital than New York? I don't think so.

I love Philadelphia, and there are a lot of great and very important things here, but New York definitely has us beat in a lot of things, arts/culture/food included.

Philadelphia can definitely be the #1 city of historical importance though. It easily beats Williamsburg and is ahead of Boston.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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4) arts and cultural capital: Philadelphia. This city is the most important in u.s. History plus it's #1 in arts, music, food, etc.
buahahahahaha
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Like everyone else, I'm cool with the OPs main five except Philly.

Not sure if these are too niche or not but I would add:

Orlando - Theme Park Capital
Las Vegas - Casino Capital
Boston - Higher Education Capital

The good thing about the OPs main four is that those are all things that most advanced nations must have. A couple others I can think of are military and transportation/logistics, but not sure there is a single city in the US that can claim those.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:55 PM
 
Location: SC
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What makes Boston sports any better than Philadelphia, New York, or Chicago?
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