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Old 06-14-2007, 11:33 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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Originally Posted by milquetoast View Post
Most important city in the world is the United States Capital.
Ooohhh, great idea for a new thread! It would be interesting to get opinions from different perspectives.

I think you could make a strong argument for New York being more important. You could even toss in some Asian cities (Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo...)

It depends on whether you're focusing on the political decisions and their potency (in which case DC wins, at least for now), or if you include economic impact, where "important people" live, where power brokering takes place, major ports, centers for international trade and relations, etc.

Another factor to consider is whether we're talking only about right now, or making projections for the next 10 or 20 years. In the near future I think the USA's dominance will fade and the world will once again have more than one super-power, with China, the EU and India all being strong contenders for the Top Dog position. Putin would like to get Russia back to that status but I just don't see that happening until they can fix their never-ending internal problems.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:50 AM
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Originally Posted by sweetclimber View Post
This is exactly the way my list would be in exactly the same order, although my # 11 would be Dallas. My 12 -20 would be, in order Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, San Antonio, Indianapolis and Miami
I'm sorry but the gateway to latin america and brickell being one of the most important financial areas in the US and a metro of 5.5 million people behind Indianapolis, San Antonio, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh? Miami is not behind those cities if you want to talk about importance.
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:14 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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New York
SF Bay Area
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:36 PM
Location: yeah
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Originally Posted by rainrock View Post
How does the Bay Area metro sprawl for 50-60 miles all the way down to San Jose.
It isn't necessarilly sprawl. People live down the peninsula but also work down there. San Francisco is not the only business center in the Bay.
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:04 AM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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3.Washington DC
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:52 PM
Location: Denver, Colorado
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1. New York
2. L.A.
3. Chicago
4. D.C.
5. Boston
6. S.F.
7. Houston
8. Atlanta
9. Seattle
10. Dallas
11. Miami
12. Denver
14. Minneapolis
15. Philadelphia
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:17 AM
Location: The City
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1. New York
2. LA
3. Chicago
4. DMV
5. Bay Area
6. Philadelphia
7. Boston
8. DFW
9. Houston
10. Atlanta
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:43 AM
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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I am just gonna be lazy and copy kerrtown's list but with a few changes:

1. New York
2. Washington, DC
3. Los Angeles
4. Chicago
5. Houston
6. Atlanta
7. San Francisco
8. Boston
9. Seattle
10. Miami, Detroit or Philadelphia
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:39 PM
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Do people realize Philadelphia isn't a Detroit? That it has very high GDP on an international scale, that it has a large number of educational institutions, museums, historical sites, art, and that it has one of the most prominent downtowns in the United States? It makes me sick how much people underrate Philadelphia.

The list should somewhat resemble:

Los Angeles
San Francisco
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:36 PM
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I'd put Philadelphia in the top 5(fifth largest metro and city) since it's media market is number 4 in the nation and according to this link it's number 5 overall in North America as a "world city"(world center of commerce) which is a most arbritary designation at best. IMHO....many posters are overlooking it's importance.


Philadelphia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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