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Old 04-23-2007, 12:27 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Most of the top industrialized countries of the world have at least one or two powerhouse cities (e.g. England=London, France=Paris, Japan=Tokyo, Canada=Toronto and Vancouver, etc.). The U.S. is unique in that it has least 10, maybe more.

What are the top 10 U.S. cities (including metro area) in terms of political power, economic strength, cultural resources and influence, academic institutions, and overall global impact?

Top Three - in no particular order because the predominance and global impact of each is unique and unrivaled in the U.S.

New York
Los Angeles
Washington, DC

Middle Top

4. Chicago
5. San Francisco
6. Boston

Lower Top in no particular order. After the top six the rest are open for debate on where they fall in my view.

Philadelphia
Houston
Atlanta
Seattle
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:44 AM
 
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I think that your top 6 is spot-on. I'd put Miami probably ahead of all of the lower top cities since it's both a gateway to Latin America and a top vacation destination. As for overall global impact, I think we also have to put Orlando and Las Vegas on that list. I don't necessarily think that those two cities are really "stronger" than the other lower top cities, but in terms of shaping how the world views America, Orlando and Las Vegas figure very prominently for better or for worse.
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:10 AM
 
Location: In God
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I believe the original ranking of the eleven world-class cities goes as such:

12 points
New York
10 points
Los Angeles
Chicago
9 points
San Francisco
6 points
Houston
Washington, D.C.
Dallas (I would imagine with Fort Worth included)
Boston
4 points
Atlanta
Miami
Minneapolis
3 points
Philadelphia
2 points
Seattle
Detroit
Cleveland
1 point
Baltimore
Columbus
Kansas City
Richmond
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:29 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Whose or which ranking are you referring to?
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:30 AM
 
Location: In God
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Whose or which ranking are you referring to?
The GaWC. And when you really think about it, that chart is pretty accurate.
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:41 AM
 
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Dallas
Houston
San Fran
Seattle
Portland
Miami
Charleston
Charlotte
Atlanta
New York
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: North of the hood, south of the valley
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I think that your top 6 is spot-on. I'd put Miami probably ahead of all of the lower top cities since it's both a gateway to Latin America and a top vacation destination.
I agree with Frank. It's important to realize that while Miami may not have mega-major economic, social, and cultural importance within the US, it has tremendous influence in Latin America, as many of the Uberwealthy to the south make Miami their second home.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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In my opinion and this isnt strictly economically or population-wise. Can I do 20?

1. New York
2. Chicago (In terms of downtown, skyline and culturally)
3. Los Angeles
4. Washington DC
5. San Francisco
6. Boston
7. Houston
8. Miami
9. Philadelphia
10. Dallas

#11. Atlanta, #12 San Jose, #13. San Diego, #14. Seattle, #15. Minneapolis, #16. Baltimore, #17. Denver, #18. Pittsburgh, #19. Cincinnati, #20. Cleveland
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Whose or which ranking are you referring to?
Go on to wikipedia and type in "world class cities". It should bring up that chart.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:46 PM
 
Location: In God
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In my opinion and this isnt strictly economically or population-wise. Can I do 20?

1. New York
2. Chicago (In terms of downtown, skyline and culturally)
3. Los Angeles
4. Washington DC
5. San Francisco
6. Boston
7. Houston
8. Miami
9. Philadelphia
10. Dallas

#11. Atlanta, #12 San Jose, #13. San Diego, #14. Seattle, #15. Minneapolis, #16. Baltimore, #17. Denver, #18. Pittsburgh, #19. Cincinnati, #20. Cleveland
What is this list in reference to?
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