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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 03-06-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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The OP clearly stated CSA which for Detroit DOES include Ann Arbor (UMich) and Windsor Ontario.
CSAs do not include jurisdictions in other countries.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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All four are important cities and depending on what factors you want to emphasize could rationally be ranked in pretty much any order. But to me, the order is:

Atlanta: Important business and transportation hub. Major city of the southeast. Busiest airport in the world, CNN, CDC, 1996 Olympics, home to Coke, Home Depot, UPS, and Delta.

Miami: Gateway to the Americas. Large presence of international banks and many Latin American companies have their US headquarters here. Busiest cruise passenger port in the world. Important tourism center.

Seattle: The major city of the Pacific Northwest. The smallest of the four cities by population, but it has some corporate heavy hitters such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Starbucks, and Boeing.

Detroit: The Motor City was formerly a top ten city in the US, but its position has fallen. Still, it is the center of the US automotive industry which is huge.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:35 PM
 
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All 3 are higher in national rankings then University of Washington and both Emory and UMich have bigger endowments. UMich also has more federal funding.
U of M, UC Berkeley and UCLA are probably the best public universities in America. However, U of M's status can't resurrect metro Detroit's problems. It's also the oldest of the three, founded in 1817. As selective as UCB and UCLA are, so is Virginia, but that's because it's "the Public Ivy," though I rarely hear it quoted for any study.

Let's face it, UW, UNC Chapel Hill and UT Austin are all great public schools, but they are not THE factor in making or breaking a metro area. The fact that UW and U of M get huge amounts of funding don't knock Atlanta off its pedestal. Atlanta is home to, or the regional hub for, too many big companies, not to mention the world's busiest airport.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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All four are important cities and depending on what factors you want to emphasize could rationally be ranked in pretty much any order. But to me, the order is:
I'll go with your order, but would switch SEA and MIA, at least in the last 5 or 10 years. The Latin American port of entry of commerce link was its big claim in the 90s. Is still is that, but the growth in tech in the NW may have overshadowed that.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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How is Seattle even in this conversation?

Historically it's Detroit without a doubt. Currently it's more like Miami/Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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How is Seattle even in this conversation?

Historically it's Detroit without a doubt. Currently it's more like Miami/Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle.
Amazon.com, Starbucks, Mike's Hard Lemonade (Lol), Walk Score, Nordstrom, Rhapsody and a boat load of Fortune 500 and other prestigious companies that we have never even heard of that make billions of dollars for this county. Seattle is on the rise and quickly. Not to mention they have a kick ass medical field out there that rivals Philadelphia.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:20 PM
 
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Amazon.com, Starbucks, Mike's Hard Lemonade (Lol), Walk Score, Nordstrom, Rhapsody and a boat load of Fortune 500 and other prestigious companies that we have never even heard of that make billions of dollars for this county. Seattle is on the rise and quickly. Not to mention they have a kick ass medical field out there that rivals Philadelphia.
But we're talking about metros.

Seattle the city may be an "it" city and may do things in certain fields but the metro? What has the metro done exactly that puts it in this conversation? There's also only 543 people per square mile in their metro. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_metropolitan_area
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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But we're talking about metros.

Seattle the city may be an "it" city and may do things in certain fields but the metro? What has the metro done exactly that puts it in this conversation? There's also only 543 people per square mile in their metro. Seattle metropolitan area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
good point
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Amazon.com, Starbucks, Mike's Hard Lemonade (Lol), Walk Score, Nordstrom, Rhapsody and a boat load of Fortune 500 and other prestigious companies that we have never even heard of that make billions of dollars for this county. Seattle is on the rise and quickly. Not to mention they have a kick ass medical field out there that rivals Philadelphia.
How can you leave out BOEING. Arguably one of the most important companies and manufactures in the history of mankind. And the US largest international exporter.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:06 PM
 
Location: MIA/DC
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You cant tier them the same way you would tier NY, LA, Chicago because those have gaps between them. 3 of these places are extremely close, only $20 billion separates Miami from Detroit on economy and with any large metro making 'rebounds' $20 billion is nothing they cant erase in 1 year. However the point still stands that Miami has a comparable sized metro and a slightly larger GDP so it gets the vote over Detroit IMO. Atlanta tops them both but not by much.

While Seattle has the GDP of the other 3 big cities it doesnt have the size, so I will keep it at fourth until it gets closer.

1. Atlanta/Miami
2. Miami/Detroit
3. Detroit/Seattle
4. Seattle

That's how I would tier these 4 if I had to IMO
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