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View Poll Results: Do you consider Washington, D.C. the nation's and world's most powerful city?
Definitely, yes! 13 27.66%
No. 34 72.34%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-05-2008, 02:57 PM
 
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Actually, it's rather more of a split between Washington and New York. Washington is the seat of government, and New York is the seat of finance. (New York had been both, once upon a time; remember that it was the national capital at the time of Washington's inauguration. The capital was moved because of Thomas Jefferson's influence; he didn't care much for New York winters! So the seat of government was shifted to Philadelphia temporarily, while the new Federal city was under construction).
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:02 PM
 
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Actually, it's rather more of a split between Washington and New York. Washington is the seat of government, and New York is the seat of finance. (New York had been both, once upon a time; remember that it was the national capital at the time of Washington's inauguration. The capital was moved because of Thomas Jefferson's influence; he didn't care much for New York winters! So the seat of government was shifted to Philadelphia temporarily, while the new Federal city was under construction).
Exactly Right

(BTW! Don't forget that Annapolis was the capital for one year, and after that year DC got it!)
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:37 PM
 
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No, Washington D.C. is not the nation's most powerful city. It's an unremarkable town of small size otherwise overlooked by our nation.

To think of D.C. as the center of government power is to ignore the structure of our country. Remember, the States have immense power themselves, and Washington is not in ultimate control.

Many parts of the federal government are not even located in D.C. The SEC, for example, has headquarters in D.C. that are virtually empty. All decisions made by the SEC regarding anything of importance happen in the Manhattan office.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:55 PM
 
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in a way yes because its the capital of the worlds strongest country but if ur talking about individual cities then not even close. the most powerfull "city" is a tie between new york and tokyo both have a gdp of 1.2trillion alone
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:49 PM
 
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Washington is the seat of government, and New York is the seat of finance. (New York had been both, once upon a time; remember that it was the national capital at the time of Washington's inauguration.
Philadelphia is the only one that had been both. This was the largest city in 18th Century and Early 19th Century America. New York couldn't possibly be the big finance center since the Philadelphia Stock Exchange was the oldest. If Philadelphia's success continued through the Westward Expansion, it would be on par with the big European Capitals such as London and Paris because of the concentration of the population, cultural, economic, and governing activity.
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:51 AM
 
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Philadelphia is the only one that had been both. This was the largest city in 18th Century and Early 19th Century America. New York couldn't possibly be the big finance center since the Philadelphia Stock Exchange was the oldest. If Philadelphia's success continued through the Westward Expansion, it would be on par with the big European Capitals such as London and Paris because of the concentration of the population, cultural, economic, and governing activity.
I agree, if Philly had the benefit of being a coastal city like NYC, then I believe it would have naturally attracted all the immigrants of the late 19th and early 20th centuries instead of NYC which was actually a smaller city then.

As far as the question goes, I believe each city is equal to some extent. DC is the nations most powerful city because it can declare war on other countries and NYC can't. But I think NYC holds more power on a global scale for points already mentioned and for another because the UN is HQ'd there, though it doesn't seem to actually do that much. DC still is not far behind even on a global scale.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:01 AM
 
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[quote=coldwine;6030399] It's an unremarkable town of small size otherwise overlooked by our nation. quote]

WTF?? Have you even been to DC? It is a real city, not just government. Many organizations other than goverment institutions are hq'd there. The metro of DC by itself is comparable to Boston and Philadelphia. I guess they are small and overlooked too. If you add Baltimore to DC's CSA it becomes the second biggest metro on the east coast after NYC. And whenever I'm there the thousands of tourists from not just the US but from all over the world sure do not appear to be overlooking the city.

This is one of the most bizarre and uninformed comments I have read on this site so far.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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DC is the political center and new york the economic and cultural center. Since politics sometimes rule economies and culture i'd say DC is more powerfull.

But people around the world including me tends to think of NYC as the capital of the world(UN HQ).
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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DC is the political center and new york the economic and cultural center. Since politics sometimes rule economies and culture i'd say DC is more powerfull.

But people around the world including me tends to think of NYC as the capital of the world(UN HQ).
This is very true, Washington DC has tremendous power to effect other cities. Unless the United States one day breaks up!

As for the World Capital part, I sort of think the same thing. But it is probably just safer to say that NYC is the closest thing we have to a "capital of the world" because officially the United Nations has never said that.
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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D.C has political power and decision making power ....New York has financial power and is more influential....D.C's power is inherent in its own created establishment you cant argue against that if that it was it was meant to be...if its not the most powerful city in the world it is in the nation....
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