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View Poll Results: Which city/ cities do you feel with move up in point value in the future?
Chicago move to 12 point 16 19.28%
Los Angeles move to 12 point 11 13.25%
San Francisco move to 10 point 13 15.66%
Boston move to 7 point 12 14.46%
Dallas move to 7 point 19 22.89%
Houston move to 7 point 25 30.12%
Washington D.C. move to 7 point 19 22.89%
Atlanta move to 5 point 19 22.89%
Miami move to 5 point 12 14.46%
Minneapolis move to 5 point 8 9.64%
Philidelphia move to 4 point 12 14.46%
Cleveland move to 3 point 2 2.41%
Detroit move to 3 point 3 3.61%
Pittsburgh move to 3 point 11 13.25%
Seattle move to 3 point 17 20.48%
Baltimore move to 2 point 5 6.02%
Columbus move to 2 point 5 6.02%
Kansas City move to 2 point 5 6.02%
Richmond move to 2 point 0 0%
Some new cities will be added to the list (please explain) 11 13.25%
All the cities will stay the same in point value 2 2.41%
Some cities will fall to a lower point value 11 13.25%
Some cities will fall off the list entirely 9 10.84%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 83. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-30-2008, 10:06 AM
 
Location: IN
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San Antonio will definitely grow some. However, the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is experiencing unbelievable levels of growth right now. You only have to examine Collin County to see this. The metro areas in the central and northern plains have mostly grown at slower rates compared with that of the larger Texas metros.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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There already is an updated version that came out in 2004. SF and Boston have really moved up in the ranking.

THE WORLD'S MOST WELL ROUNDED CITIES by GaWC released in 2004

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Five levels of global city are identified. First, and clearly above all others, there are London and New York. All previous research has highlighted the dominance of these two cities in the world city hierarchy (Taylor 2004a) and they emerge here as the most important 'all-round' global contributors. They are followed by three cities that make smaller all-round contribution and with particular cultural strengths: Los Angeles, Paris and San Francisco. Finally, among 'all-rounders' there are seven incipient world cities identified in Table 11. In the second category of global niche cities, the three leading Pacific Asian cities are critical economic nodes in the world city network and there are also three critical nodes that are non-economic: Brussels, Geneva and Washington, DC. Thus a total of 18 cities are deemed to be global, actual or incipient.

The remaining world cities encompass articulator and niche cities. The former are focussed upon subnets and there are 13 distributed between the three non-economic spheres. Classic examples are Vienna at the centre of a UN agency subnet and Nairobi at the centre of a NGO subnet. There are 21niche world cities identified of which seven have important concentrations of economic activities and 14 concentrations of non-economic activities. Frankfurt is typical of the first group with its concentration of banks while Manila is typical of the second group with its concentration of NGOs.

These two sets of cities represent the upper echelons of the hierarchical tendencies in world city networks. To reiterate a point made in the introduction, they do not encompass all globalization processes, all cities as so involved, but they are the key locales that network formation agents are using in their everyday activities that are creating world city networks.
GLOBAL CITIES

Well rounded global
Very large contribution: London and New York Smaller contribution and with cultural bias: Los Angeles, Paris and San Francisco

ii Incipient global cities: Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Toronto

Global niche cities - specialised global contributions

i Economic: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo

ii Political and social: Brussels, Geneva, and Washington

WORLD CITIES

Subnet articulator cities

i Cultural: Berlin, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Munich, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm Political: Bangkok, Beijing, Vienna

ii Social: Manila, Nairobi, Ottawa

Worldwide leading cities

i Primarily economic global contributions: Frankfurt, Miami, Munich, Osaka, Singapore, Sydney, Zurich

ii Primarily non-economic global contributions: Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Atlanta, Basle, Barcelona, Cairo, Denver, Harare, Lyon, Manila, Mexico City, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai

GaWC Research Bulletin 146
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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There is no way Houston or Dallas will EVER be above Boston in the eyes of the world.

EDIT: 18Montclair's updated list is legit, but I wish they had one that just listed them and didn't have all-around vs. niche. And more American cities deserve to be on the lower part of that list. I mean, as much as Houston shouldn't move ahead of Boston it should definitely be somewhere on the list. Same goes for a few others.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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There is no way Houston or Dallas will EVER be above Boston in the eyes of the world.

EDIT: 18Montclair's updated list is legit, but I wish they had one that just listed them and didn't have all-around vs. niche. And more American cities deserve to be on the lower part of that list. I mean, as much as Houston shouldn't move ahead of Boston it should definitely be somewhere on the list. Same goes for a few others.
Whatever dude, times are a changin' Houston and Dallas are definetely on the same level as Boston on the world stage. All three should move up to 7 pts as well as Philly up to 4 and Chicago up to 12. By the way, why is SF so high? It should be at 7 like Boston, Houston and Dallas. Also by the way, I love Boston, but since the tea party, what exactly have you contributed to the world? (and PLEASE do not say Ted Kennedy because I meant positive contribution!)
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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Whatever dude, times are a changin' Houston and Dallas are definetely on the same level as Boston on the world stage. All three should move up to 7 pts as well as Philly up to 4 and Chicago up to 12. By the way, why is SF so high? It should be at 7 like Boston, Houston and Dallas. Also by the way, I love Boston, but since the tea party, what exactly have you contributed to the world? (and PLEASE do not say Ted Kennedy because I meant positive contribution!)
You can't be serious about Boston's contributions. Your swipe at Ted Kennedy exposes you as a partisan with an agenda.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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You can't be serious about Boston's contributions. Your swipe at Ted Kennedy exposes you as a partisan with an agenda.
I'll take that as a compliment!
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Old 04-30-2008, 12:17 PM
 
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You can't be serious about Boston's contributions. Your swipe at Ted Kennedy exposes you as a partisan with an agenda.
She makes a good point though, Boston really hasn't done anything in the present time, but it has made a significant contribution in the past.
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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"Note that this roster generally denotes cities in which there are offices of certain multinational companies providing financial and consulting services rather than other cultural, political, and economic centres."

I got this from Wikipedia (too lazy to search the GaWC web site for it myself) but I've heard that claim elsewhere so I'll assume it's true. If so, why are people so pumped up about this list? It doesn't seem particularly important to me.
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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"Note that this roster generally denotes cities in which there are offices of certain multinational companies providing financial and consulting services rather than other cultural, political, and economic centres."

I got this from Wikipedia (too lazy to search the GaWC web site for it myself) but I've heard that claim elsewhere so I'll assume it's true. If so, why are people so pumped up about this list? It doesn't seem particularly important to me.
The list with the point system is nothing more than a ranking of cities with common law firms, accounting offices, insurance and banks. Its totally misused.

Their updated ranking in 2004 weighed a more broad spectrum of criteria.
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:42 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Why is Denver listed under cities with non-economic contributions? It has an economy large enough to sustain 2.5 million people, and counting.
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