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Old 01-09-2019, 10:59 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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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.
I'd recognize about six on the list (01, 03, 06, 07, 09, 10). I might recognize Coit Tower if you added it to your list and Ghirardelli Square. Never heard of Pier 39 and I've seen several Chinatown versions in different cities that rival SF. Fisherman's Wharf only if there was a sign. Can't think of #10...Fog?
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:00 AM
 
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Iíd say DC passes the easiest actually, as I believe it to be the most iconic city in the United States of America. With SF, LA, Chicago and New York being the others.

For DC:

1. Capitol Building
2. The White House
3. Washington monument
4. Supreme Court
5. The National Mall
6. Smithsonian Castle
7. Old Post office tower
8. Lincoln Memorial
9. Jefferson Memorial
10. MLK Memorial

For shts and giggles Iíll keep going...

11. Hirshorn Museum
12. Iwo Jima Memorial
13. The Pentagon
14. The National Cathedral
15. Basilica of the National Shrine
16. Georgetown University Healy Hall
17. The Exorcist steps (Georgetown)
18. Howard University clock tower and yard
19. The National Archives building
20. The FBI Headquarters
21. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall
22. The World War II Memorial and fountain

I could keep typing this list but fingers are getting tired...
Vietnam Memorial over the MLK, like by a lot.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:03 AM
 
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I’d say DC passes the easiest actually, as I believe it to be the most iconic city in the United States of America. With SF, LA, Chicago and New York being the others.

For DC:

1. Capitol Building
2. The White House
3. Washington monument
4. Supreme Court
5. The National Mall
6. Smithsonian Castle
7. Old Post office tower
8. Lincoln Memorial
9. Jefferson Memorial
10. MLK Memorial

For shts and giggles I’ll keep going...

11. Hirshorn Museum
12. Iwo Jima Memorial
13. The Pentagon
14. The National Cathedral
15. Basilica of the National Shrine
16. Georgetown University Healy Hall
17. The Exorcist steps (Georgetown)
18. Howard University clock tower and yard
19. The National Archives building
20. The FBI Headquarters
21. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall
22. The World War II Memorial and fountain
23. The African American History and Culture Smithsonian Museum

I could keep typing this list but fingers are getting tired...

I'd say 51% of people might get 6 of those, no more. Some of those not even 5% of people would get (6, 7,11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)

Last edited by _Buster; 01-09-2019 at 11:17 AM..
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:05 AM
 
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Originally Posted by the resident09 View Post
I’d say DC passes the easiest actually, as I believe it to be the most iconic city in the United States of America. With SF, LA, Chicago and New York being the others.

For DC:

1. Capitol Building
2. The White House
3. Washington monument
4. Supreme Court
5. The National Mall
6. Smithsonian Castle
7. Old Post office tower
8. Lincoln Memorial
9. Jefferson Memorial
10. MLK Memorial

For shts and giggles I’ll keep going...

11. Hirshorn Museum
12. Iwo Jima Memorial
13. The Pentagon
14. The National Cathedral
15. Basilica of the National Shrine
16. Georgetown University Healy Hall
17. The Exorcist steps (Georgetown)
18. Howard University clock tower and yard
19. The National Archives building
20. The FBI Headquarters
21. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall
22. The World War II Memorial and fountain
23. The African American History and Culture Smithsonian Museum
24. RFK stadium

I could keep typing this list but fingers are getting tired...
I think its pretty close, but I don't think any of the 11+ would be recognizable by most people.
nor do i think Smithsonian Castle or the old post office tower.

edit: ok maybe the Pentagon, but that's not in DC
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:36 AM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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I think its pretty close, but I don't think any of the 11+ would be recognizable by most people.
nor do i think Smithsonian Castle or the old post office tower.

edit: ok maybe the Pentagon, but that's not in DC
The Pentagon actually has a Washington DC address and zip code although physically located across the river.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:39 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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The question is would they see a picture and recognize where they are. I think Pier 39 with the seals passes that test. I donít think the Palace of Fine Arts does.
Really?

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Old 01-09-2019, 11:44 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Atlanta definitely fails.
Yeah, I couldn't even come up with five.

I thought of New Orleans...while I could come up with some, I couldn't come up with ten.
IMO the only American cities that make the cut here are:

NYC
Washington DC
Chicago
San Francisco
Los Angeles
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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Really?
I donít think most people know it exists let alone the fact itís associated with San Francisco. Itís visually striking, but thatís an answer to a different question.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:49 AM
 
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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
no Buckingham Fountain?
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:50 AM
 
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LA:

1. Santa Monica Pier
2. Hollywood Sign
3. Hollywood Walk of Fame
4. Venice Beach Boardwalk
5. "VENICE" lights across the street
6. Sunset Strip
7. 405 traffic
8. Rodeo Drive
9. Disneyland
10. Third Street Promenade

To continue: Malibu beach scenes, Palm tree + sunset + mountain pics, Disney Concert Hall, possibly The Grove (one of those entertainment shows films there). As for the Walk of Fame, some of the individual theaters too since there are movie premiers at them.
Hollywood Bowl
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