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Old 09-24-2017, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Italy.
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Top of the South (Motueka), NZ
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germany has the most even balance of cities

believe it or not dublin dominates the irish economy to a far greater degree than london does the uk economy , now maybe this is not at all unusual in small countries but does vienna , auckland , copenhagen or helsinki completely dominate their respective countries ? , im talking 30% of the economy type deal
Auckland had 38% of NZ's GDP for 2016.
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:49 PM
 
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I'm into France and Japan.
I like Japan but what other city outside of Tokyo stands out as a cultural/economic powerhouse globally (I'll excuse Kyoto from the list).
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Same with Nordic cities. Cities like Helsinki or Stockholm are clean, functional, safe and good places to live in, but surely not the most exciting cities to live in. Sure no London or Buenos Aires.

IDK much about Canadian cities, but at least Calgary and especially Winnipeg seems to be 10000 times more boring than little Turku.
Canadian cities aren't so much boring as they are lacking in charm. They generally have lots of things going on even if the urban setting is not always attractive or cohesive which is what gives a city it's "vibe". Though there are some exceptions to this in Canada.
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Old 09-24-2017, 07:39 PM
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Location: NYntarctica
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Winnipeg's downtown seems awful. Some 10-20 story concrete buildings with tons of parking lots everywhere, and suburban neighborhoods beginning right outside of the center. Calgary has suburbs beginning right outside of Downtown too, but Downtown at least seems nice and modern and has something resembling vibrancy. Winnipeg doesn't
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Old 09-24-2017, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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I like Japan but what other city outside of Tokyo stands out as a cultural/economic powerhouse globally (I'll excuse Kyoto from the list).
Osaka.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Winnipeg's downtown seems awful. Some 10-20 story concrete buildings with tons of parking lots everywhere, and suburban neighborhoods beginning right outside of the center. Calgary has suburbs beginning right outside of Downtown too, but Downtown at least seems nice and modern and has something resembling vibrancy. Winnipeg doesn't
Winnipeg actually has decent older North American architecture in some parts of the city, like the Exchange District:



It's according to many a grittier city with more soul than Calgary. (Winnipeg is also quite a bit older and was once Canada's third largest city, and the gateway to Western Canada. People thought it was going to be Canada's Chicago at one point. Hence the architecture.)

Calgary is a much richer, newer city. It's also almost twice as big. A lot of people say it has little soul but as all rich places it has money for the arts, luxury shopping, fine dining, etc. Though they've taken a hit with the decline in oil prices there is still lots of money there. But maybe not as much raw authenticity as Winnipeg.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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I have a book called 'The Cities Book' that ranks the 200 Greatest Cities of the World. I actually made the Top 100 my official bucket list (#101-200 is rubbish, imo)

If we go by that, we get the following for the Allied 11:

Australia
Hobart #91
Melbourne #11
Perth #47
Sydney #3

Canada
Montreal #20
Quebec City #95
Toronto #31
Vancouver #15

France
Carcassonne #130
Marseilles #124
Paris #1

Germany
Berlin #18
Hamburg #78
Heidelberg #99
Lubeck #131
Munich #37

Italy
Florence #27
Naples #97
Rome #6
Siena #81
Venice #22

Japan
Hiroshima #133
Kyoto #45
Tokyo #26

Korea
Seoul #85

Spain
Barcelona #4
Granada #197
Madrid #36
San Sebastian #111
Seville #44

Turkey
Istanbul #10

UK
Bath #119
Belfast #163
Cardiff #171
Edinburgh #21
Glasgow #106
London #5
Manchester #126
York #76

USA
Anchorage #175
Austin #169
Chicago #34
Las Vegas #46
Los Angeles #49
Memphis #98
Miami #194
New Orleans #39
New York #2
San Francisco #7
San Juan #113
Savannah #164
Seattle #55
Washington #103
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:45 PM
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Location: NYntarctica
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Tokyo at 26? Wtf? Tokyo surely has to be in the top 10 on such a list!
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Old 09-25-2017, 02:57 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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I think France has way better second tier cities than the UK after the metropolis-capital level.

Though I find London and Paris fairly equal.
I see the UK (as usual) is getting 'bashed' here (surprisingly along with France this time), I think somebody has already posted several other beautiful, influential French cities apart from Paris and as for the UK what about Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, York etc etc are we to believe that the home of the industrial revolution (Manchester) has no value? Are we to believe that the 'dreamy spires' of Oxford have no value (millions of international tourists every year beg to differ). York has been in existence since the Vikings called it home is it 'nothing'? And as somebody has already pointed out there is of course the jewel in the crown, Bradford.
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