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Old 04-28-2017, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Florida
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1930's - Paris
1940's - Chicago
1950's - Rome
1960's - London
1970's - San Francisco
1980's - Los Angeles
1990's - New York City
2000's - Sydney
2010's - Tokyo
This a pretty good assessment, I agree with above that NYC in the 1980's was pretty crappy with high crime, pollution, and poverty. It started getting better in the late 80's and finally got turned around in the 90's when it got "cool" again.


The 80's LA had to be the cool city; they hosted the Olympics, tons of movies were set in LA, and it was the go to city for the rich and celebrities.


2000's is kind of tough but I think maybe Boston was the cool city. Think of all the movies that were set in Boston or had to do with Boston characters. It was almost sickening.
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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New York City was a crap hole in the 1980s. If you walked down Times Square, all you would see were drug addicts, prostitutes and sex shops.
What's wrong with prostitutes and sex shops?
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Bradford, no question of doubt, just take a stroll through the city and find out what proper 'cool' really is. If anybody can explain what it is that makes London, Berlin or Shanghai 'more cool' than Bradford then I would like to know what it is. If James Bond was a city he would be Bradford.
I prefer Cranford.
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Old 04-28-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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I do not know. The Australian Open is the least known of the Grand Slams and the Australian GP is just one of 20 annual F1 races. It in not like Albert Park can rival Monaco, Monza, Suzuka or Spa-Francorchamps in terms of history or circuit design.
Eh? The point is, one city hosts them and attendance always high. Making it a sporting capital.
Unless there's a tennis grand slam in Monza?

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1930's - Paris
1940's - Chicago
1950's - Rome
1960's - London
1970's - San Francisco
1980's - Los Angeles
1990's - New York City
2000's - Sydney
2010's - Tokyo
Fairly accurate.

The cities I want to see are London, Berlin, Reykjavik & Vancouver.
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:02 PM
 
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1930's - Paris
1940's - Chicago
1950's - Rome
1960's - London
1970's - San Francisco
1980's - Los Angeles
1990's - New York City
2000's - Sydney
2010's - Tokyo
I would say London was cooler in the 1990s. As anyone involved in the cultural scene would recall, it was an incredible time to be in the city. Not to say New York was bad back then, but the former had more iconic and cultural significance.

This is a famous Vanity Fair article from the time: London Swings! Again! - Vanity Fair

Some people are citing crime or dilapidation as a reason to exclude a city, but if that's the case no US city could be called cool in the 1980s. I would give the late 80s to New York, at the time freestyle came into vogue, as well as the 1950s.

1950s - New York; its rise to pre-eminence in the post-war period when much of Europe was still rebuilding from the war.
1960s - London; the swinging 60s.
1970s - ?
1980s - New York
1990s - London
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:16 PM
 
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Incidentally this is a recent thread in the New York forums where you have a tug-of-war between those who miss the grit, character and "cool" of the late 1980s and those who say it was a horrible crime-ridden cesspit.

https://www.city-data.com/forum/new-y...nyc-1980s.html

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Old 04-28-2017, 03:40 PM
 
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Most westerners think Hong Kong is very cool.
Speak for yourself.
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Old 04-28-2017, 04:58 PM
 
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Speak for yourself.
I agree, Hong Kong may sound exotic, but I'm am not sure about cool.
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Old 04-28-2017, 05:57 PM
 
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I suspect that "the world capital of cool" today is still London, ( with may be Paris tagging close behind.)
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Most westerners think Hong Kong is very cool. Awesome food, famous movies and music, great architecture, etc. I'd say one of the coolest cities in Asia, top 5 easy. But the coolest city in Asia must be Tokyo imo.
To each their own, but I don't associate Hong Kong with cool at all. The impressions I get from HK are mostly negative, like snob, grumpy, sad, crowded, materialistic, hectic, impatient, and there's barely any independent shops for anything. Chinese cities like Shanghai and Beijing are even worse. It's mind-boggling to me that anyone would call a place where your phone goes castrated the instant you set foot on their soil "cool". Not to mention the behaviours of the locals, horrifying.

But well I'm not a Westerner so (shrug). To me none of the cities in Asia are remotely cool, except for a handful of Japanese cities. Tokyo is definitely real cool.
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