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View Poll Results: How many
2 3 20.00%
3 2 13.33%
4 6 40.00%
5 or more 4 26.67%
Voters: 15. You may not vote on this poll

Old 10-25-2016, 09:25 AM
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For the sake of discussion, I'd like to limit this to city proper, urban area, or MSA. CSA's larger than some European countries should not meet anyone's definition of a city. Imagine if we could rate Switzerland, the entire nation as a city. It's an artificially inflated city metric.

Old 10-25-2016, 09:51 AM
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I would say NYC, LA, Chicago and SF are the only world class cities. I would say DC and Boston cut it close, but not quite there.
Old 10-25-2016, 09:53 AM
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NYC and LA.

Chicago and SF are hemisphere class, but not quite world class. Chicago is closer.

Nothing else is very close.
Old 10-25-2016, 09:55 AM
Location: The middle of nowhere
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NYC and LA are the only two cities in the U.S. that offer the complete package. SF and Chicago come very close. In my opinion, nothing else other than those four belong in the discussion.
Old 10-25-2016, 09:58 AM
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The World

This seems relatively unbiased. I'm sure some will disagree (of course), but I think it's a good answer to the OP's question.
Old 10-25-2016, 10:00 AM
Location: East Coast of the United States
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New York City is in a category above every other U.S. city.

Below that is LA and then Chicago. Below that is San Francisco and Washington DC. Below that, other cities.
Old 10-25-2016, 10:29 AM
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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This is my world class tiers:

Cities that are 100% world class across the board:
San Francisco

Cities that are poised to be world class in the near future:

Cities that have many elements about them that are world class but probably wont be fully world class soon:
San Diego
New Orleans

Cities that have a few world class elements:

Last edited by Cowboys fan in Houston; 10-25-2016 at 10:49 AM..
Old 10-25-2016, 10:44 AM
Location: East Coast
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World Class to me are the following:

1. NYC

2. D.C. Capital and Seat of Govt and Military in the most powerful country in the world

3. LA huge GDP, seaport and glitz glamour capital

4. SF Tech capital of the US and probably the world, major destination

5. Chicago

HM 6. Houston giant port and oil
Old 10-25-2016, 10:49 AM
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Three: NY, LA, Chicago

Honorable mention, DC and SF
Old 10-25-2016, 11:02 AM
Location: Miami
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Such an overrated classification.
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