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View Poll Results: Most Overrated City?
New York City 58 28.29%
Dubai 93 45.37%
Singapore 34 16.59%
Sydney 20 9.76%
Voters: 205. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-17-2011, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Dubai, what a hole.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:06 PM
 
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Sydney and/or Singapore
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:53 AM
 
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New York, as a matter of architecture and city planning, is amazing. However, I feel that the culture has been completely destroyed in the past ten years (I'm sure it was a long time in coming - but I noticed a big difference in the past ten).

The massive immigration, massive overcrowding, increased security measures, and hyper-coproratization of the city has given it a nasty feel to me, at least as compared to the nineties. I feel like Holden Caufield now when I go there, as if there are no more authentic experiences to be had. The mindless overcrowding and corporatization being especially bad. When living in the lower east side is a commoditized cliche, it's not cool anymore. That goes double for outer borough ****holes like Williamsburg. To me, New York is over, except for the trust fund babies who want to live in the masturbatory fantasy that they are living edgy, while assuring each other that they are, or the people in money circles that are who the city serves. I can understand being there if you have big money, as you don't necessarily care about authenticity or the aesthetic and qualitative experience of the city then, at least not as a priority like those that go there for the city itself. You are there to make money and to network. You can fly somewhere else and experience quality of life whenever you wish. The city is now for the large immigrant and ethnic herds (who wouldn't think of integrating, lordy no, after all, their power is in their separation), the crime syndicates, the big money, the government, and the herds of day tripping tourists. Everyone else, I believe, hasn't thought it through well enough if New york is their legitimate choice to try and build a life.

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Old 01-25-2012, 02:54 AM
 
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I am born and raised in Vancouver Canada. Its a very over rated city! Rains 6 months of the year, old house in an average neighborhood runs you 800 000 , old house in a great neighborhood 1.3 million . We pay the most for everything compared to the rest of the country. The people are generally snobby , and the women unapproachable. New York is the greatest city that I have visited. Buenos Aires is a poor mans New York.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:47 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Sydney and/or Singapore
I would agree, but compared to some other cities they still live up to most of their reputation.

Whoever said NYC, I'd say to hear why it didn't live up to the hype for you? What exactly were you looking for that you didn't find in NY? Yes it doesn't have the grit it once had, and nightlife isn't as good as it used to be, but at least it's safe to walk around at night.

NYC blew me away. It is a great city and in no way overrated. It really is as amazing as I imagined it.

I don't think it's accurate to say Dubai is overrated because I hear negative opinions about it all the time. It's not held in much esteem. The definition of overrated is being considered better than it is. Most people seem to bash Dubai.

Singapore is overshadowed a bit by HK, but it gets it's fair share of criticism (boring, too sterile, government too controlling), so I wouldn't say it's that overrated. Sydney is a lot more than the harbour, bridge, opera house and beaches. Most of Sydney is pretty ugly suburbia.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:52 AM
 
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Overrated is relative. In most of the examples cited here, it's people who set unattainable standards. Of course Sydney can't compete with London or New York for theatre or museums. They're not in the same league! Most of it is ugly suburbia? Sure! So it's most of New York. And Buenos Aires doesn't try to be New York, so it's unfair to call it a poor man's New York.

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Old 01-25-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I like the look of Buenos Aires, I don't think it needs to pretend to be New York..
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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In the U.S., west coast cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas are overrated to me.

I enjoy the scenery in those places. But the cities themselves don't live up to the hype. They feel lacking.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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In the U.S., west coast cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas are overrated to me.

I enjoy the scenery in those places. But the cities themselves don't live up to the hype. They feel lacking.
I think Southern California has a definite 'vibe' you won't find anywhere else. A lot of it is pretty boring, I guess, but it has pockets that are pretty cool.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Brasilia
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Dubai, no doubt.
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