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View Poll Results: What is the greatest city on the planet?
Los Angeles 4 6.78%
New York 20 33.90%
London 11 18.64%
Paris 3 5.08%
Sydney 1 1.69%
Toronto 5 8.47%
Tokyo 5 8.47%
Rome 0 0%
Other (please specify) 10 16.95%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-08-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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New York City is not the single greatest city on the planet and that is an indisputable fact.

Do you see how ignorant that sounds?
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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NYC. You really can't deny it. As much as you may want to, you just can't.
No, not really!! NY is a great city ( and I didn't said the greatest ) for young professionals that have higher level of education and a job.
I am not sure if NY is so great for high school drop outs, without any skills, and no job prospects because living costs are so high there that one cannot support themselves and make a decent living.
NY is a great city for professional singles or couples without kids, because its pretty hard to raise family in NY ( except you live in suburbs and commute). So, asking what is the best city in the world and expecting an uniform answer is not possible. For many people a big, vibrant city that never sleeps, city where you cannot drive a car, or live without high income, have a house with yard in a quiet street with lots of trees, parks, playgrounds, walkways for kids - is not a dream city.
And then again, Americans tend to think that only an American city could be considered to be a greatest city in the world. NOT really!!
If you are looking at a several million people city then I heard that Singapore and Honk Kong are great cities to live. Following by few cities in Europe like Stockholm, Amsterdam, Paris or Berlin. Two cities in Japan should be mentioned: Tokyo and Osaka. Life in Toronto supposed to be very good, and so in Australian Sydney.
So far no American city on my list...
For many, many people a great city is a smaller or even a small city, so you need to ask first what makes a place to be a greatest place to live, not just insist that NY is the best. Because is not.
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: CHICAGO, Illinois
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There are probably more Americans on this forum which means the vote is naturally going to swing to an American city. There are "favorites" but there is no "greatest". People who claim their city is the greatest usually just inspire resentment from others who happen to live in amazing places themselves.

Even people who figure something like affordability into what is considered "greatness" changes the outcome.
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The thing is that cities all over America and the world seek to emulate New York City - sometimes in obvious ways. That in itself raises the profile of New York City even higher than it otherwise would be.
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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That does not make it the greatest city in the world. I would rather my city be more like Berlin or Milan, to be honest.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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No matter what you guys say, I will always love NYC and make it my goal to reside there. Even if you told me that Manhattan could sink, I'll tell you that I like to swim.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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That's fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I nor anyone else is telling you otherwise.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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The thing is that cities all over America and the world seek to emulate New York City - sometimes in obvious ways. That in itself raises the profile of New York City even higher than it otherwise would be.
What??? I don' t think that ANY European city wants to imitate NY. And what do you mean with imitating?? Like building skyscrapers?? Increase population? Make city a concrete jungle? To make those cities superficial and all about the market ?
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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My place of birth. It's on the poll list.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:23 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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NYC. You really can't deny it. As much as you may want to, you just can't.
One of the few places where you can rent a 300sf apartment for two grand a month and share a bag of Cheetos with your freeloading roomie; a 30 pound rat.
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