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Old 01-21-2019, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Chicago is another easy one.



1) Sears Tower
2) Michigan Avenue
3) Wrigley Field
4) Comiskey Park
5) Soldier Field
6) Naval Station Great Lakes
7) Navy Pier
8) Art Institute of Chicago
9) Chicago Water Tower
10) Field Museum of Natural History
Never heard of naval station great lakes, not did I recognize it when I googled an image and I'm from Illinois.

Comiskey Park? No way. There is nothing identifiable about it other than maybe its name.

Field Museum is not by itself recognizeable. Every city from that was a city at the turn of the century has stoic stone buildings.

Chicago's landmarks are its skyscraper. Sears, Hancock, Tribune, Standard oil (my favorite), and, more dubiously, the new Trump tower.

I'd also replace one of these with the bean and also the chicago "river"
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:09 PM
 
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I’d say Spaghetti Junction, CNN Tower, Coca Cola HQ, the Ferris Wheel, and Ponce. Oh, and the Superdome. Other than that, I don’t know if a MARTA Raul car counts, but that’s about it. So yes, Atlanta fails the test.
None of the items you listed would be recognized by the average citizen.... there are numerous "spaghetti junctions" across the country and I lived in Atlanta and can barely remember what the Coca Cola HQ looks like. Unfortunately most dont even know CNN is based out of Atl, most think its NYC or DC. The Ferris wheel is too new and Ponce... really?

Really.. 10 is alot and I think only NYC will pass with flying colors with a maybe for DC. There should be a 5 test.
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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How many American cities can pass the "Ten Places Test"? The answer is: precious few.

And what exactly is the "Ten Places Test"? Glad you asked. For any given city, locate ten places that if you showed them to most people, they would recognize the city in question. And they would recognize it for what is right in front of them.....even without the background that might, for example, show the city's skyline.

I'll give an example: San Francisco. SF easily passes the ten places test:

01 Golden Gate Bridge
02 Palace of Fine Arts
03 Lombard Street
04 Fisherman's Wharf
05 Pier 39
06 cable car
07 Transamerica Pyramid
08 Chinatown
09 Alcatraz
10 Painted ladies (victorians) of Alamo Square

I think all ten that I listed would stand up as being eminently recognizable. To me, SF easily passes the test. Every one of the ten above, IMHO, is iconic and people would know where it is.

Take any city of your choosing and put it through the ten places test to see if it stands up.
Not only have I never heard of Pier 39, but it is a part of fisherman's wharf.

I've been to Golden gate park and still couldn't have told you the PoFA was in SF.
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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St. Louis

1.) The Arch
2.) The Brewery
3.) The Court House
3.) Brooking's Hall
4.) Busch Stadium
5.) Eads Bridge
6.) The Jewel Box
7.) The Old Cathedral
8.) Louis IX
9.) The Shell Building
10.) The Wainwright building

No, I don't ACTUALLY these places are all recognizable to a regular person
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:02 PM
 
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I'm going to say that Phoenix wouldn't pass this test, because I honestly can't think of ten iconic places here that would be recognizable to the average person.

Only places I can that might come close would be Camelback Mountain, and the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:13 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I'm going to say that Phoenix wouldn't pass this test, because I honestly can't think of ten iconic places here that would be recognizable to the average person.

Only places I can that might come close would be Camelback Mountain, and the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Maybe a Phoenix city limits sign?lol
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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So we all appear to agree that Las Vegas is in the top two on the ten place test?
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Not only have I never heard of Pier 39, but it is a part of fisherman's wharf.

I've been to Golden gate park and still couldn't have told you the PoFA was in SF.
Palace of Fine Arts is in-between the Marina district and the Presidio, close to the waters of the Golden Gate. it is quite removed from Golden Gate Park, in no way a part of it; indeed the whole Richmond district comes between the two.

I won't argue with you on the notion that Pier 39 is "part of fisherman's wharf" because that nomenclature is given to the north waterfront's extensive tourist area that encompasses Pier 39, the original Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, Hyde St. cable car turnaround, etc.

So FW and P39 are two completely separate places in the same area. It kind of compares with Disneyland in the sense that Disneyland Resort contains two themed parks, Disneyland Park and Calif. Adventure.....so Disneyland is used in two ways. Disneyland is a part of.....Disneyland. Fisherman's Wharf is a part of.....Fisherman's Wharf.

Pier 39 is actually San Francisco's #1 tourist attraction.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:34 AM
 
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If anyone is being completely honest, only NYC and DC qualify. Maybe Los Angeles.
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Old 01-22-2019, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Palace of Fine Arts is in-between the Marina district and the Presidio, close to the waters of the Golden Gate. it is quite removed from Golden Gate Park, in no way a part of it; indeed the whole Richmond district comes between the two.

I won't argue with you on the notion that Pier 39 is "part of fisherman's wharf" because that nomenclature is given to the north waterfront's extensive tourist area that encompasses Pier 39, the original Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, Hyde St. cable car turnaround, etc.

So FW and P39 are two completely separate places in the same area. It kind of compares with Disneyland in the sense that Disneyland Resort contains two themed parks, Disneyland Park and Calif. Adventure.....so Disneyland is used in two ways. Disneyland is a part of.....Disneyland. Fisherman's Wharf is a part of.....Fisherman's Wharf.

Pier 39 is actually San Francisco's #1 tourist attraction.
Ah, thats why I didn't see it in Golden Gate Park.

Still disagree about the pier. Pier 39 is a part of the whole that is fisherman's wharf.

You cant claim Fisherman's wharf and then name all the contents of the wharf.

Just like Orlando can't name disneyworld and then name all the parks in disneyworld.

Or Chicago can't say "the mag mile" and then list a bunch of skyscrapers along the mag mile.

NY can't say broadway, and then name all the theaters too, nor can it say 5th avenue and also name the individual stores.
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