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Old 11-28-2008, 05:05 AM
 
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Foreign Policy Magazine's 60 Global Cities for 2008

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How to Be a Global City

There is no single correct path a city should tread to become global. But how should cities that want to boost their international profile go about it? They could follow any of the tried-and-true models that came before them. Just look at the various ways some of this year’s 60 global cities manage to use urbanization and globalization to their advantage.

Open Cities
What they look like: Large cities with a free press, open markets, easy access to information and technology, low barriers to foreign trade and investment, and loads of cultural opportunities. They often rely on a heavy service industry and are outward looking, rather than focused on domestic affairs.
Who they are: New York (#1), London (#2), Paris (#3)

Lifestyle Centers
What they look like: Laid-back cities that enjoy a high quality of life and focus on having fun. They attract worldly people and offer cultural experiences to spare.
Who they are: Los Angeles (#6), Toronto (#10)

Regional Gateways
What they look like: Efficient economic powerhouses with favorable incentives for businesses and easy access to the natural resources of their region. They attract smart, well-trained people from around the world, and they often must reinvent themselves to remain competitive.
Who they are: Hong Kong (#5), Singapore (#7), Chicago (#8)

National Leaders
What they look like: Large cities that shape the collective identity of their countries. They usually have homogenous populations, and their new urban policies tend to evoke a shared history. They do well in international business, but not because they’re necessarily globally connected; in these places, foreign firms can find something no other city offers.
Who they are: Tokyo (#4), Seoul (#9), Beijing (#12)

Policy Hubs
What they look like: Cities with outsized influence on national and international policy debates. Their think tanks, international organizations, and political institutions shape policies that affect all people, and they tend to be full of diplomats and journalists from somewhere else.
Who they are: Washington (#11), Brussels (#13)

Platform Cities
What they look like: Large hubs in typically small countries that attract huge amounts of investment through their strategic locations and international connections. Firms don’t set up shop in these cities to invest in the local economy; they move there so they can reach important foreign financial markets without dealing with the region’s political headaches.
Who they are: Amsterdam (#23), Dubai (#27), Copenhagen (#36)
Foreign Policy: Your portal to global politics, economics, and ideas



Foreign Policy: The 2008 Global Cities Index
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
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I kind of thought Atlanta and Munich would be higher on the list.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I kind of though Houston would be on the list......
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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Wow, tourism in San Francisco must have really picked up.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:59 PM
 
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I didn't expect to find Atlanta on there. Also didn't expect not to see Houston
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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I kind of though Houston would be on the list......
I saw this list when it first came out a while ago. It's just another global index thing. The GAWC has Houston on there, but this one doesn't.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:26 PM
 
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I saw this list when it first came out a while ago. It's just another global index thing. The GAWC has Houston on there, but this one doesn't.
This list is from the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy...there may have been an older list published a while back, but not this exact one. There are a few of these world cities rankings compiled by various groups.

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Old 11-28-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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This list is from the November 2008 issue of Foreign Policy...there may have been an older list published a while back, but not this exact one. There are a few of these world cities rankings compiled by various groups.
Houston belongs on this list if you they got Atlanta.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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Houston belongs on this list if you they got Atlanta.
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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This list is from the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy...there may have been an older list published a while back, but not this exact one. There are a few of these world cities rankings compiled by various groups.
That's exactly what I said.
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