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Old 10-09-2013, 11:36 PM
 
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The latest edition of the Anholt-GfK City Brands Index (which measures cities by the opinion of visitors in several categories) ranked the top 10 cities in the world. London dethroned the French capital, while Australia's largest city, Sydney, came in at second place. Paris was ranked third, followed by New York City.

The top 10, according to Anholt-GfK:

1. London, England
2. Sydney, Australia
3. Paris, France
4. New York City, USA
5. Rome, Italy
6. Washington D.C., USA
7. Los Angeles, USA
8. Toronto, Canada
9. Vienna, Austria
10. Melbourne, Australia


Source: London, Sydney, Paris top best cities in the world : Asia, News - India Today
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:36 AM
 
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NY only fourth. Right.

And LA above Vienna, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston. Right.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA
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This isn't about 'best' cities, it's about the city's brand or image.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Westminster, London
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New York City probably lost a lot of points on the "aesthetics" criterion.

As diverse a city as it is, the Manhattan hubs that tourists are exposed to aren't particularly attractive at street level - excluding a handful of standout areas. In many areas, the district is downright ugly.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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I don't take the list serious because Tokyo is not on it.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:48 AM
 
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New York City probably lost a lot of points on the "aesthetics" criterion.

As diverse a city as it is, the Manhattan hubs that tourists are exposed to aren't particularly attractive at street level - excluding a handful of standout areas. In many areas, the district is downright ugly.
You've probably never been to Rome then.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Utica, NY
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NY only fourth. Right.

And LA above Vienna, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston. Right.
NY is basically just suburbs once you get out of the central core. It's a huge financial center, but it is not in London or Paris's league when it comes to rich history, tourist attractions and diversity of both people and neighborhoods.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:23 AM
 
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You've probably never been to Rome then.
I was probably too young at the time to remember much of it, or evaluate it in a meaningful way.

My point, though, is that Manhattan lacks the architectural nuances and refinement of more historic cities. There are some wonderful examples of art deco architecture and early 20th century edifices, but in a more general context, the city suffers from an endless monotony of right angles. Geometrically simpler constructions may look good from a distance, on video or on photofilm, but at street-level, first hand, it I don't think it stimulates the aesthetic sense in the way that more culturally nuanced urban environments do.

It also doesn't help that the DSNY is being starved of funds, and trash collection/pavement clutter, filth and "organic waste" (of various kinds) has become notably worse over the past 5 or so years. However, that's less of a long-term issue.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I was probably too young at the time to remember much of it, or evaluate it in a meaningful way.

My point, though, is that Manhattan lacks the architectural nuances and refinement of more historic cities. There are some wonderful examples of art deco architecture and early 20th century edifices, but in a more general context, the city suffers from an endless monotony of right angles. Geometrically simpler constructions may look good from a distance, on video or on photofilm, but at street-level, first hand, it I don't think it stimulates the aesthetic sense in the way that more culturally nuanced urban environments do.

It also doesn't help that the DSNY is being starved of funds, and trash collection/pavement clutter, filth and "organic waste" (of various kinds) has become notably worse over the past 5 or so years. However, that's less of a long-term issue.
NYC may be more modern and lack pre-19th century buildings, but I think architecturally it's pretty interesting. It has something most cities lack, a lot of old skyscrapers. Plus I find the eclectic and different styles of houses in Brooklyn, Statten, Queens also quite interesting.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Westminster, London
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NYC is an amazing city, don't get me wrong.

I'm certainly not claiming that it is completely lacking architectural merit. In my opinion the Chrysler and Flatiron Buildings are probably the most beautiful highrises in the world. My comments are only meant in a comparative and general sense.

For a direct visual juxtaposition of what I mean, try running both videos below at the same time for a comparison of Midtown Manhattan vs the London West End:

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