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Old 12-21-2008, 07:19 AM
 
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I don't think there has been a thread about this, so here you go.

My thoughts:
Good public transportation

Excellent culture and restaurants

Well established educational institutions

Diversified economy
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:08 PM
 
Location: yeah
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1. actual influence on the world
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Here
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San Fransisco
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:41 PM
 
Location: CA
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1. actual influence on the world
I agree...social and economic impact on the world.
LA is clearly a global city, but does not have good public transport.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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Than a city like Sao Paulo for example with over 11 million people does not qualify as a world city because it has very little influence outside of Brazil and I don't think most people living outside of Brazil would even be able to instantly point that city out on a map. I have also been told by some people that the public transportation there is so awful for a city of it's size.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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New York City, Rome, Paris, Montreal, Tokyo, London, and Beijing.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:59 PM
 
Location: CA
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Interesting list...

The 2008 Global Cities Index:
Foreign Policy: The 2008 Global Cities Index
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:23 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Than a city like Sao Paulo for example with over 11 million people does not qualify as a world city because it has very little influence outside of Brazil and I don't think most people living outside of Brazil would even be able to instantly point that city out on a map. I have also been told by some people that the public transportation there is so awful for a city of it's size.
That's probably just Americans. Sao Paulo is a hugely powerful city.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Houston
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London, Paris, New York City, Tokyo, Hong Kong
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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That's probably just Americans. Sao Paulo is a hugely powerful city.
Sao Paulo is a very powerful city, but in terms of global influence it ranks very low.

I do love this city; it is amazing and lovely and supremely tropical... Without most of the downsides I didn't like about similar cities in the United States.

But the public trans here really is awful. The entire city, apparently, was built for cars. I hear that they're extending light rail but it's difficult to imagine it being useful.
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