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Old 01-10-2019, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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San Diego probably has 4 recognizable places to the average person; however, these are by no means iconic so it's hard to say.
Balboa Park
San Diego Zoo
Seaworld
Legoland

These are known, but not as iconic.
Hotel Del Coronado/Coronado generally
Gaslamp Quarter
La Jolla Cove
Mission San Diego
Midway Museum (aircraft carrier)
Old Town

Architecture fans would know the Salk Institute and Geisel Library.
I would definitely add the Western Metal Supply Co.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:17 AM
 
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Philly

Independence Hall
Liberty Bell
Art museum and it's steps
Elfereth's Alley
Betsy Ross house
Ben Franklin Parkway
Penn's Landing
City Hall
Pats and Genos
Reading terminal Market
Independence Hall yes. Liberty bell is an object not a place. No one would recognize the building it’s in now. They’d recognize it if it were back inside Inde Hall but the current setting is forgettable.
Franklin Parkway— Do you mean the view back toward City Hall from the museum? Otherwise I don’t know how memorable the Franklin Parkway is.
City Hall maybe. East coasters would recognize probably.
Penn’s Landing— Not even a Delaware Valley majority would recognize anything there.
Pat’s Steaks— No.
Reading Terminal— No.
What about the boat houses and the waterworks? Unique. The Love sculpture? Sculls on the Schuylkill? All iconic Philadelphia but do I think someone in Houston or Omaha or Compton would recognize them? Not really.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:23 AM
 
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Local guy here.....I'd have to remove Comiskey and Great Lakes and replace with Wrigley Building and Loop el
I have to point this out ED .... you know its the L in Chicago and not el.

Most though are pointing out things they know well from their cities though. Not things outsiders know most and the OP said to exclude sporting venues and teams as too easy.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:33 AM
 
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Pittsburgh

Monongahela Incline

Duquesne Incline

Heinz Feild

PNC Park

Point State Park

Three Sisters Bridges

Mt. Washington overlook

Andy Warhol Museum

Cathedral of Learning

US Steel tower

PPG Place
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have to point this out ED .... you know its the L in Chicago and not el.

Most though are pointing out things they know well from their cities though. Not things outsiders know most and the OP said to exclude sporting venues and teams as too easy.
guilty as charged on the "L", but.....

hey, Dave, I actually AM the OP and I never said to exclude stadiums. In fact, I think they belong if they are iconic....so MLB's Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, & Fenway Park belong. So does the Rose Bowl, the LA Colliseum among others.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:09 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Pittsburgh

Monongahela Incline

Duquesne Incline

Heinz Feild

PNC Park

Point State Park

Three Sisters Bridges

Mt. Washington overlook

Andy Warhol Museum

Cathedral of Learning

US Steel tower

PPG Place
Three Rivers Stadium is what first came to my mind.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Baltimore sadly would probably fail.

But just for the heck of it:

1. National Aquarium
2. Harborplace
3. Federal Hill
4. Fort McHenry
5. Oriole Park at Camden Yards
6. M&T Bank Stadium
7. Lexington Market
8. Washington Monument with Mt. Vernon Place
9. U.S.S. Constellation
10. Bromo-Seltzer Tower

I'll even do a stab at Memphis which IMO may have a better chancing at passing:

1. Beale Street
2. Graceland
3. Pyramid (Bass Pro Shops)
4. Mud Island River Park
5. Lorraine Motel
6. FedEx Forum
7. FedEx HQ
8. Stax Museum
9. Sun Records Museum
10. The Peabody hotel

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Old 01-10-2019, 08:26 AM
 
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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.
For San Francisco in the op
01 Golden Gate Bridge Yes
02 Palace of Fine Arts No Call me ignorant or lack the appreciation of "fine arts" but I literally just heard of this place right now.
03 Lombard Street Yes. It has to be the twisted street.
04 Fisherman's Wharf Maybe
05 Pier 39 Maybe
06 cable car Yes
07 Transamerica Pyramid Yes
08 Chinatown Yes depending on what part of Chinatown.
09 Alcatraz No. Not anymore. Back in the day, yes.
10 Painted ladies (victorians) of Alamo Square Yes
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:27 AM
 
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guilty as charged on the "L", but.....

hey, Dave, I actually AM the OP and I never said to exclude stadiums. In fact, I think they belong if they are iconic....so MLB's Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, & Fenway Park belong. So does the Rose Bowl, the LA Colliseum among others.
Op's, sorry ED. now my bad ... I confused the thread with this other threads OP listing. to me.
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Building upon the "10 places" thread, this one widens the topic...not just places but also characteristics, companies, trends, and so on. What are ten things about your city that at least half of the people in the country would know (or half of the people who got past high school and have traveled at least 500 miles from home)?
Please don't list sports teams...too easy.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:25 AM
 
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guilty as charged on the "L", but.....

hey, Dave, I actually AM the OP and I never said to exclude stadiums. In fact, I think they belong if they are iconic....so MLB's Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, & Fenway Park belong. So does the Rose Bowl, the LA Colliseum among others.
I started the other thread (going beyond places) and asked to exclude sports teams because it would be too easy.
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