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View Poll Results: Most important metro?
Atlanta 92 40.17%
Detroit 37 16.16%
Miami 22 9.61%
Seattle 63 27.51%
All close 15 6.55%
Voters: 229. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-05-2012, 10:01 AM
 
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I vote for Atlanta.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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I'll break it down like this:

Internationally--Miami

Domestically--Atlanta
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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Seattle has microsoft,starbucks,castco,amazon and a base for boeing production. All global companies.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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DETROIT, without doubt because of it's industrial capacity, international trade hub (easy access to world
seafaring routes).
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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While I am a fan of Miami I try to be fair and objective on questions like this one. As a result I think its a tough decision as each has strengths and weaknesses especially when you account for the suggested criteria. So first I think its important to restate that the OP seems to be giving fairly broad regions going out to CSA.

Atlanta's major weakness is that its not a port city. It also has somewhat limited tourism. Its strength especially in this group is its Universities and Wages.

Miami's really doesn't have a major weakness. It's solid in everything. Its strength however is port, transportation, arts and tourism.

Seattle's major weakness is that its really just outclassed in this group by its youngness and size. It has the port, arts, and business. But it lacks history, Universities, and tourism.

Detroit's major weakness is the low wages and rough economy at the moment. Its strength however is because we're going by CSA it includes Ann Arbor the Capital and home of University of Michigan. That's a huge weight in Detroit's favor.

This is really tough. I think Seattle is the least important on this criteria. Haven't quite settled on which I think is most important though between the other 3.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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DETROIT, without doubt because of it's industrial capacity, international trade hub (easy access to world
seafaring routes).
Easy access to world seafaring routes compared to Seattle and Miami doesn't even make sense.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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Atlanta, hands down. It is much bigger, in terms of METRO pop, it is growing faster, and it's diversified, though manufacturing is not its strong suit.

Detroit has the auto industry, but the plants aren't only in Detroit - they are in KC, Ohio, and in Mexico and Canada. Plus Detroit has a lot of social ills in its core it won't be curing anytime soon. Plus it has, by far, the harshest winter of all these places.

Seattle is where Boeing planes are assembled. For many years, it was a one-horse town. Microsoft and Starbucks changed that, but it isn't Atlanta.

Miami is the port of entry and commerce link to Latin America, but where are they "hiding" the skyline and business locations that support that? All we see are some glitzy high-rise banks downtown, some glitzy high-rise condos on Brickell, and Bayside.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Domestically I will say Atlanta due to the Airport and things like CNN and other companies based there along with good universities, the CDC, Coco Cola etc..

Internationally I will say Miami due to it being one of the corner-stone commerce gateways of the world and one of the capitals of Latin American in business, transportation and entertainment. It is undoubtly the best known internationally and has the largest tourism industry of the four. The 2nd busiest airport in terms of international passengers in the U.S. and biggest in International cargo. The two largest cruise ship ports in the world. Two large cargo ports. Miami is also the only major city in the US bordered by two National Parks. Miami (1896) is also the youngest city by 27 years, Seattle is the 2nd youngest (1869)

Seattle is pretty decent too with Boeing factory and Microsoft right near by. Two very imporant world companies.

Detroit historically might be very important but now you have Obama-Motors, a company owned by Fiat and thankfully a good runing Company in Ford. Ford obviously the most important historically. But now days I would say out of these four Detriot would be on the bottom. It does have a large airport hub but not compared to Miami or Atlanta. Detroit has some history and has the "Big 3" car companies but thats it.


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Miami is the port of entry and commerce link to Latin America, but where are they "hiding" the skyline and business locations that support that? All we see are some glitzy high-rise banks downtown, some glitzy high-rise condos on Brickell, and Bayside.
You think those banks are empty? Some? Miami's skyline is huge. Miami is an important international financial center along with it being a world gateway. Also a large entertainment industry and of course tourism. And home to hundreds of international corporations HQs. They are not just downtown there are places like Coral Gables too.

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Old 03-05-2012, 10:16 PM
 
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I'm surprised Miami and seattle aren't getting more love. They're both damn important, although I agree not as important as the others . Detroit should be pretty close to Atlanta as well. They can both certainly hold their own. This is a pretty tough poll. They all have some very strong importance in different aspects. If I had to chose I would go

1. Atlanta (UPS, Home Depot, Coca-Cola: some pretty damn big companies internationally as well).
2. Detroit for sure (GM- that's all I have to say). GM makes billions upon billions of dollars for this country
3. Seattle (Starbucks?!?! Amazon, some very large retail companies, large medical scene)
4. Miami (U.S. Customs, IDK what else?)
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I'm surprised Miami and seattle aren't getting more love. They're both damn important, although I agree not as important as the others . Detroit should be pretty close to Atlanta as well. They can both certainly hold their own. This is a pretty tough poll. They all have some very strong importance in different aspects. If I had to chose I would go

1. Atlanta (UPS, Home Depot, Coca-Cola: some pretty damn big companies internationally as well).
2. Detroit for sure (GM- that's all I have to say). GM makes billions upon billions of dollars for this country
3. Seattle (Starbucks?!?! Amazon, some very large retail companies, large medical scene)
4. Miami (U.S. Customs, IDK what else?)
See post above. but to say it again and add some:
World commerce gateway, people and goods, air and sea.
International Finance Center, especially fro Latin America
International Corporate center, many companies proably over 100 have international regional HQs in Miami along with companies like Burger King, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Carib Cruise Lines, Spirit Airlines, Ryder, being based in Miami.
Huge toursim industry.
Big entertainment industry, TV shows, music, movies. (Telemundo, Univision)
Besides for the obvious things like that, Miami is one of the most important aviation centers in the world as are two of the others cities in this list of course ATL and SEA and has random things like this: NAP of the Americas | South Florida Data Center | Tier IV Facility | Terremark
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Terremark's flagship facility, the NAP of the Americas®, is one of the most significant telecommunications projects in the world. The Tier-IV facility was the first purpose-built, carrier-neutral Network Access Point and is the only facility of its kind specifically designed to link Latin America with the rest of the world.
Miami has been ranked as one of the top-five best interconnected cities in the world, ahead of San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Terremark's NAP of the Americas makes Miami the only city in the U.S. where Optical, Ethernet, MPLS, Voice and Internet traffic is handed off in a single location. The NAP of the Americas is located in downtown Miami, an area that has numerous telecommunications carrier facilities, fiber loops, international cable landings and multiple power grids
Not to be forgetten Miami's environmental importance with Everglades National Park one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Along with a Tropical Coral Reef on the other side in Biscayne National Park.
What "US Customs" means I am not really sure.

(guess I just said the same thing again, but I think I added a bit more ) Miami is more than just the glitz and glamor. It has a lot of growing up to do. Miami's potential is enormous.
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