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View Poll Results: What things make a city truly world class?
Low taxes 7 8.24%
Premium mass transit system 57 67.06%
Renowned culinary scene 54 63.53%
Hot clubs/nightlife 43 50.59%
Good churches 11 12.94%
Hot economy 40 47.06%
Growing population 31 36.47%
Young, urbanized population 36 42.35%
Top-notch arts scene 54 63.53%
Large size (>2.5 million msa) 46 54.12%
Highly suburbanized 8 9.41%
Good schools 28 32.94%
Highly-ranked local research universities 54 63.53%
major airport 61 71.76%
Family values (church-going, pro-family sort of cultural enviroment) 7 8.24%
Wal Mart 6 7.06%
Highly educated population 48 56.47%
Close to coastal regions 12 14.12%
Pro-business legislation/climate 24 28.24%
Temperate weather/climate 6 7.06%
Liberal politics 13 15.29%
Conservative politics 7 8.24%
Major professional sports teams 39 45.88%
International reputation (a good reputation, anyway) 59 69.41%
Major financial center/hub 54 63.53%
Regional transportation hub 44 51.76%
Lots of open space/park space 28 32.94%
Tremendous highway system/infrastructure 32 37.65%
At least 47 Kentucky Fried Chickens 7 8.24%
Other (please specify) 6 7.06%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 85. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-13-2007, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Enough of the pedantic debate, folks. It's time to once and for all decide what cities in America are truly world class. But in order to do so we have to actually agree on exactly what it is that makes a city world class. So, please vote for all the items above that you believe constitute a world class city. Is it churches or clubs? Low taxes and great jobs or opera and mass transit?

Have at it!

We'll take the top 7 qualities of the 30 offered and have a new poll/thread based off of those qualities to determine the most world class cities in this fine nation.
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Old 05-13-2007, 06:44 PM
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Good idea. Should be entertaining as well.
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Old 05-13-2007, 09:02 PM
 
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Thanks for the work Rawlings, but I think it was my idea. Do I get 10%? What is the deadline for voting?

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Old 05-13-2007, 09:07 PM
 
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Thanks for the work Rawlings, but I think it was my idea. Do I get 10%? What is the deadline for voting?

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Yes, jbear, it was absolutely your idea and I'm stealing it. Sorry.

I waited for one of you to throw up a thread like this one but it never happened. I got ancy and alas what is done is done. You can help me pick the 30 cities after this poll is done. I figured we'd let it run for a few more days, or until traffic on it is at a standstill (which should be a few days). Then we'd have a world class city thunderdome between 30 cities--big and small--over who exactly qualifies as world class.

Unless smart people start voting for Wal Mart, KFC, and the churches, my dream of Denver being world class will be utterly and completely disintegrated before my virtual eyes.

Oh well. To the victors go the spoils.
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Old 05-13-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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Yes, jbear, it was absolutely your idea and I'm stealing it. Sorry.

I waited for one of you to throw up a thread like this one but it never happened. I got ancy and alas what is done is done. You can help me pick the 30 cities after this poll is done. I figured we'd let it run for a few more days, or until traffic on it is at a standstill (which should be a few days). Then we'd have a world class city thunderdome between 30 cities--big and small--over who exactly qualifies as world class.

Unless smart people start voting for Wal Mart, KFC, and the churches, my dream of Denver being world class will be utterly and completely disintegrated before my virtual eyes.

Oh well. To the victors go the spoils.
Your list of 30 was excellent. You get all the credit, I don't know if I ever would have posted the poll. Let me know how I can help.
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Old 05-13-2007, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'd say "major financial center/hub" is the number one determiner of world class status. No matter how idealistic you want to be, it is money that runs the world. Is the city one of the handful of places around the world that makes these decisions? Stock markets, investment banks, corporate headquarters for securities industry companies? If a city has this, everything else associated with "world class"-- the educational institutions, the food, the culture, etc will follow. By definition, world class cities are elitist cities. Only the brightest and the best, and the most aggressive can survive there. New York is clearly the #1 world class city-- not just in the nation, but in the world. No questions asked.
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:30 PM
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You know, some of these terms should be defined as well. Just how are the following defined?
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Premium mass transit system, Renowned culinary scene, Hot clubs/nightlife, Good churchesHot economy, Top-notch arts scene, Highly suburbanized, Good schools
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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You know, some of these terms should be defined as well. Just how are the following defined?
You want a definition? New York. Just how world class a town you are should be measured up against New York's standards--the arts, mass transit--everthing.
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:35 AM
 
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International reputation, major airport
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:03 AM
 
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I'd say "major financial center/hub" is the number one determiner of world class status. No matter how idealistic you want to be, it is money that runs the world. Is the city one of the handful of places around the world that makes these decisions? Stock markets, investment banks, corporate headquarters for securities industry companies? If a city has this, everything else associated with "world class"-- the educational institutions, the food, the culture, etc will follow. By definition, world class cities are elitist cities. Only the brightest and the best, and the most aggressive can survive there. New York is clearly the #1 world class city-- not just in the nation, but in the world. No questions asked.
Kind of but a city like Athens, Greece is pretty much economically irrelevant but is certainly a World Class city. If you excel in something enough it makes a city important.
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