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Old 03-03-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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New York, LA, Chicago, DC, San Fran are probably the main ones...

I'm not sure why someone keeps saying Chicago is too "bland". The geography? That's a strange connection to make with cosmopolitan places.

It's full of culture, just cause it's in the Midwest doesn't change anything.

2nd largest black population in the country, 3rd largest Greek population in the world, largest Swedish population in the country, 2nd largest Mexican population in the country, 3rd largest South Asian population in the country, largest Assryian population in the world, largest Polish population outside Warsaw, 2nd largest Serbian population in the world, 2nd largest Puerto Rican population in the country, one of the largest Italian and Irish populations in the country, largest Pakistani population in the country, 150,000 Bulgarians, 100,000 Romanians, 260,000 Arabs, an estimated 300,000 gays/lesbians, home to improvisiational comedy, one of the top food cities anywhere, numerous world class Universities, 33 Fortune 500 companies in the area, 3rd largest economy in the country, 200 theatre groups, opera, symphony, blues, jazz, gospel, blah, blah, blah...

Just didn't get what you meant by "it's too bland".
Unfortunately, some people think that anything that isn't on a "coast" is bland and uncosmopolitan. I love Chicago personally and it is the 2nd most important city in the US after NYC. Houston suffers from the same stereotype as Chicago!
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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Seattle STILL isn't that cosmopolitan, even without condemnation of a region based on one software company!
There you go again with your personal vendetta against all things Seattle (and San Diego judging from your previous posts).
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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Microsoft was a monopoly that still exists in one piece to this day. Starbucks started the coffee craze. I think America has become too wired because of that.
I am directly blaming our nations addiction to oil on Texas and the rest of the gulf coast, which hosts most of the energy cartels and their legions of washington lobbyists (which is orders of magnitude worse than a software monopoly). I am just playing by your rules
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: DFW Texas
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Jackson, MS, Knoxville, TN, and Waco, TX
I agree and don't forget good ole Little Rock!!
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: DFW Texas
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I'd say the only cosmo cities in the U.S. are: NYC, Chicago, San Fran, LA, DC, Miami. IMHO, Boston, Dallas, Philly and Houston don't qualify. To me being cosmopolitan is part of what makes a city "world class". Sorry, no one has ever accused Boston, Dallas, Philly, or Houston of being "world class" cities. I mean they're are all top tier north American class cities, but "world class", I think not.
Miami more cosmo than Boston, Dallas, Philly or Houston??? Have you even been to them cities??? I have, and they are in a class better than Miami....what makes Miami so special? Is it because it has beautiful weather, plastic people, hot clubs, and "modern"? If thats the case than Dallas and Houston have Miami beat HANDS DOWN!!!
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think people aren't clarifying enough what "cosmopolitan" means. It most simply refers to how worldly the city is -- that is, what is the extent to which there is a presence of internationality in the city. This can be in the form of varying ethnic neighborhoods, restaurants, and just simply having a connectedness to the rest of a globe. People are naming cities with only limited diversity (For example, Miami has significant Hispanic/Latino and African-American populations, but that hardly makes it cosmopolitan - does it have large communities of Japanese, Russians, or Kenyans? I don't believe so). That said, my the top 5 would indisputably be -- and this is completely based on immigration trends and the most diverse OF the diverse -- New York, Los Angeles, DC, Chicago and San Francisco. The rest are honestly a toss-up.
I agree, but I threw in Miami because it has become the latest Monoco type haven for the international wealthy in the U.S..
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Live in VA, Work in MD, Play in DC
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Honestly, it depends on which definition of cosmopolitan you use.

A city made up of only one ethnicity or race can be 100% cosmopolitan if all of its residents have traveled around the world (not just one continent) and enjoy different cultural meals at home or enjoy different cultural aspects like music, dances and literature from around the world.
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Unfortunately, some people think that anything that isn't on a "coast" is bland and uncosmopolitan. I love Chicago personally and it is the 2nd most important city in the US after NYC. Houston suffers from the same stereotype as Chicago!
I know, it's STEAK ENVY! LOL!
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
Move over NYC! LOL!
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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Move over NYC! LOL!
I was so dissatisfied with myself I had to delete it . But I'm tellin ya, with those blue ribbon schools and good Chinese food!
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