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World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 4:56 am

I have now lived in 2 cities, Bristol (UK) and Phoenix (US) and both of them have tinpot local radio stations claiming that they are broadcasting to 'the world's best city'. Clearly this is some cheesy statement by some hoping-for-promotion-to-decent-national-station local radio DJs but I was wondering what you lot think are the world's best cities.

My favourites:

Vancouver (Canada) - on the ocean, near the mountains so has spectacular backdrop and a cool vibe about the place
San Diego (US) - on the ocean, really relaxed and Coronado is just the nicest area.

Oh, and just for fun, the worst:

Milton Keynes (UK) - flat, charmless and featureless.
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 5:12 am

Oh, and just for fun, the worst:

No city can be any worse than Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

My vote for world's best would go to Sydney, Australia.
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 5:16 am

Ain't another city in the world like New York.
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 6:34 am

Vancouver BC. Hands down the best city on Earth! I can't even tell you what a blast I had there last weekend!

Second would be my home in the US: Portland Oregon. I think it is a smaller and American version of Vancouver.

Worst may have to go to either Yakima or Medford. Just a bunch of people sharing the same valley. Not doing much of anything. Nothing cultural or significant about either city. They are just there.

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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 6:48 am

Best city, definitely London. No other place can you find anything that you are looking for, and a lot of stuff that you weren't. No other place has the Tube, try as they might. Also there is no other place can you watch Chelsea play.(A home game)

Worst city would have to be Tucson. Too much Mexico not enough trash pickup.
 
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 6:56 am

New York, New York. So nice,they named it twice.
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 9:23 am

Yes, this is very good cities in New York and I am really like them. I am sure we can go there in New York someday.
 
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 9:36 am

here is the list from Travel and Leisure poll. i've been to 5 of the top 10  Smile my vote would go to Istanbul or New York

CITIES
Don't be fooled by Sydney's repeat as the world's No. 1 city. Although the Australian metropolis is pulling off this feat an astonishing sixth time, there's major change afoot in the 2003 city rankings—perennial favorites Paris, London, and Hong Kong are all out of the top 10 overall. Taking their place: Cape Town, which was last part of the elite group in 1997, and Istanbul and Santa Fe, which have never before been rated among the 10 best.

Top 10 Overall
Rank Name Score
1 Sydney 87.62
2 Florence 87.14
3 Bangkok 87.11
4 Rome 86.64
5 Cape Town 84.88
6 New York 84.67
7 San Francisco 83.86
8 Venice 83.23
9 Istanbul 83.18
10 Santa Fe 83.08

 
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:01 am

Hmmm, funny that, according to the poll neither Bristol nor Phoenix are in the top ten (let alone the top one). Maybe this post should've been about the crapness of local radio!

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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:26 am

Personally Sydney is my favorite.

Hong Kong is great too, great nightlife also.

New York is way down my list. Way too over rated and the nightlife is shyte too.

London is nice, but is let down by the amount of litter and the cr@p public transport system.

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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:57 am

Syracuse, NY

This one should go undisputed.
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 11:28 am

New Orleans, LA, USA...





...also worthy of notable mention:


Miami, FL

New York, NY

Paris, *beep (censored)*

Victoria, Hong Kong
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 11:37 am

Vancouver, by far.  Smile


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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 12:37 pm

NEW YORK and/or LONDON


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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 5:42 pm

lol, i dont think milton keynes is classed as a "city" some how!!!

I have travelled to many major cities in my time and here goes:-

1. London - unprecidented history, parallel streets (blocks) unheard of! London has everything bar 24 hour transport.

2. New york - A London cousin with blocks!

3. Sydney - stunning location and harbour but city wise not up there with London and New york.

My 3 favourites and believe me i tried to knock London but the character and amazing architecture and history is impossible to ignore.

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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 9:18 pm

I am with you Bristolflyer

San Diego is just beautiful. It has so much to offer and I love it there.

London is one of the greatest cities in the world - no question. New York, Sydney, Paris, Rome and Rio are amongst the best for me.

The worst? I wouldn't hurry back to Athens.

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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 9:42 pm

No contest  Smile

New York, NY  Smile

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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:24 pm

My vote goes to Zurich, Switzerland!
 
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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:34 pm

I liked Athens!

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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:41 pm

My hometown Amsterdam is pretty cool, but overall in the world, from my own experience, Rome is the best city ever... Can't wait to get back there!

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RE: World's Best City

Sat Jul 03, 2004 11:48 pm

I can't pick just one , so:

Berlin, Germany
New York, NY
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 3:31 am

Sydney, Australia
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Firenze, Italy
London, UK
Cologne, Germany
Barcelona, Spain
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Seattle, WA / Vancouver, BC
Hana, HI

In no particular order...probably  Smile

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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 5:25 am

Florence at number 2? I mean I guess it was nice, but hardly the 2nd best city in the world. Actually if your gonna be in Florence, I suggest you stay in a little town outside of it called Montecatini. If you head west out of Florence past the airport, its the next major city that you'll come too. Its a beautiful city with a wonderful nightlife, I would highly recommend visiting there. It is also only a short maybe 45 min drive from Florence, so you could stay in Montecatini and take a trip in to see everything.
 
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 5:29 am

Im a fan of Geneva, Madrid and Malaga.

And naturally London given its my home.
 
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 5:43 am

"Hana, HI"

I don't think Hana counts as a city, though it is an AWESOME little town.

Honolulu though is a great city--beautiful scenery, nice people, strong culture & rich history.

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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 11:11 am

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Tie. I'm from the Twin Cities, and couldn't love them more. They're both lovely cities, great quality of life.

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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 11:32 am

Detroit, what else could I say?
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 11:55 am

Vancouver!!!!!!!


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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 12:47 pm


1. Sevilla, Spain
2. New York, NY
3. San Diego, CA
4. Boca Raton, Fl.
5. Orlando, Fl.
6. Phoenix, Az
7. London, England
8. Paris, France
9. Dubai, U.A.E.
10.Sydney, Australia
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 12:57 pm

Honestly, I don't see why people are choosing niche cities! While I'm sure many of these cities are beautiful, and if you grew up there it is understandable, but do you really feel that some of these cities are the WORLD'S BEST CITY?!!!

It seems to me that in N.America, the only possibe choices could be NYC or LA. In Europe, London or Paris. In Asia, Hong Kong or Tokyo.
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 12:59 pm

10- Cleveland
9- L.A.
8- Corona
7- Riverside
6- New York
5- Palm Beach
4- Memphis
3- Minneapolis
2- Las Vegas
1- Phoenix
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 4:27 pm

I can't get past Sydney's stunning beauty and unbeatable lifestyle. It is simply the most drop dead gorgeous,aesthetic, coolest place on earth.
London is second for me, not for it's beauty, but for what it contributes to world culture. Both are my favourite cities in the world.

I live in Melbourne whihc is a great city to live in, but not a 'world' city.
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 8:33 pm

They say the world's best city thing here in AKL to.
AKL is nice, but boring after a while. Rome and Zurich are Nice. Singapore in im opinion is too clean Big grin
 
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 8:33 pm

1. Hong Kong
2. Singapore
3. Tokyo
I suppose Dubai and Sydney would be up there as well if I had been to them before. how the hell did florence get the #2 spot btw? lol

 
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 10:51 pm

AATriple7:

The world is bigger than the US! Do you know that there are other countries in the world?
 
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RE: World's Best City

Sun Jul 04, 2004 11:20 pm

Go back to the poll posted by Qantas077 and look for the city that no-one else is mentioning. Stand tall, CAPE TOWN and take your place as one of the worst most vibrant, expanding yet civilised cities.

Open your minds people & don't take all those SAfrican crime reports too seriously: like the USA, most of the crime is intra-ghetto and you have to go looking for trouble to find any.

What are the 'musts' for a truly great city?

The natural surroundings
The cultural life
The people
The history
The surrounding areas

Anyone even suggesting London is taking a lazy, blinkered view: it is a pig-sty, it is hostile and uncivilised, it is expensive, crime is rife and worsening. So the history is good - stay home & read about it!!

Really want to go to Sydney and san Francisco, which I'm told are the only cities that can compare with Cape Town.

Lionel: how can you suggest Zurich. I was on a day stopover there and went on a citytour: they pointed out the 24-hour drugstore as a highlight!!!!!
 
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RE: World's Best City

Mon Jul 05, 2004 12:11 am

Please believe me. This are only stories. The drug-scene ended 10 years ago. I don't know which "drugstore" you mean. Please explain! You must have seen a big part of Zurich during a stopover!

May you explain me why Zurich is always in the top ranking of the cities with the highest living standard?
 
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RE: World's Best City

Mon Jul 05, 2004 12:49 am

Lionel

drugstore as in pharmacy! And they seemed to think the fact they had one open 24hours was something worth shouting about  Smile

Zurich may always be in the top ranking of living standards, but that doesn't automatically make it a city great, does it? Riyadh must have a higher living standard than Lisbon, but I know where I'd prefer to spend a long weekend!!

Don't get me wrong, I didn't HATE Zurich, but wondered what it was about it that could make anybody nominate it for 'world's best city'. I mean c'mon??
 
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RE: World's Best City

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:03 am

For me:

1. New York City, NY
2. Vancouver, BC
3. Munich, Germany
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Paris, France
6. Miami, FL
7. London, UK
8. Orlando, FL
9. Oslo, Norway
10. Hamburg, Germany


I hope I´ll be adding Rome, Italy after my trip in September.
 
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RE: World's Best City

Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:13 am

My favorites (only cities I visited):

  • Singapore

  • Dubai

  • Paris

  • San Francisco

  • Barcelona

  • Cape Town

  • New York

  • Berlin

  • Vienna

  • Lisbon

  • Milan


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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:42 am

    Delayedagain:

    That must have been a very bad sightseeingtour. In Zurich there are many great things to see which you can't see out of a tour bus.

    It's just my opinion, besides Capetown, London and La Rochelle, I like Zurich the most.

     
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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:07 am

    Lionel: I'll give it another try then on your recommendation  Smile , but just because of your approval of Cape Town  Smile
     
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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:24 am

    Personal bias.... but out of all the cities I've been to, my home town of Calgary has to stand out among the best.

    Clean streets, friendly folks. Compared to quite a few other cities, it's pretty quiet at night. We know how to party - the Red Mile and Stampede are proof enough - and the girls are the best in the country, bar none. Crime is low and people most often have a respect for law and order; Even during the revelry for the Flames' recent playoff run, there was no rioting or burning or vandalization of property, like we've seen in places like Quebec City or Vancouver in recent history.
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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:45 am

    1.ZURICH / Switzerland
    2.KUALA LUMPUR / Malaysia
    3.TOKYO / Japan
    4.CAPE TOWN / South Africa
    5.KUESNACHT / Switzerland

    others:
    Cape Town / South Africa
    Bandar Seri Begawan / Brunei
    Dhaka / Bangladesh
    Swakopmund / Namibia
    Kyoto/ Japan
    Pyongyang / North Korea
    Seoul / South Korea
    Tripoli / Libya
    Bern / Switzerland
    Vientiane / Laos
    Luang Prabang / Laos
    Colombo / Sri Lanka
    Berlin / Germany
    Helsinki / Finland
    Moscow / Russia
    Bangkok / Thailand
    Phnom Penh / Cambodia
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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:52 am

    For me... its Tokyo. I love everything about it.
     
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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 4:17 am

    Delayedagain
    I guess you have been in the WRONG bus or in one of those Zurich's you have in the US ...
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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:05 am

    RJpieces does have a point...

    Cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Aukland, Seattle, Vancouver, Florence, Zurich, Munich, Hamburg, even San Francisco, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Chicago, Houston, Copenhagen, Oslo, Vienna are simply way, way too small to even be considered 'world-class' cities. Many of these cities do NOT have metropolitan populations exceeding 5 million inhabitants.

    Mind you, all of these cities are absolutely beautiful (except for Houston!), have very, very high living standards and very developed cultural and civil institutions. In additiona, the quality of life in many these cities is substantially superior to that of 'world class' cities; their size, however, is a lacking...

    Obviously, the criteria used to classify a 'world class' city is highly subjective, but should include:

    - Large metropolitan population; over 5 million inhabitants
    - Large commercial sector, with direct ties to global enterprise, home to large, multi-national, financial, media, legal and commercial institutions
    - Active cultural and civil institutions, with a dynamic press and significant artistic and cultural talent

    However, I would expand the list:

    Western Hemisphere:
    New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Toronto (too small?)

    Europe:
    London, Paris, Berlin (a bit small), Madrid and Rome (they're also a bit small)

    M.E. and Central Asia and Africa
    Frankly, there aren't any 'world-class' cities in either Africa or the M.E./Central Asia, despite an abundance of huge metropolises, such as Lagos, Cairo and Tehran

    Asia:
    Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Singapore, Mumbai (not really a 'world class' city, but perhaps could be in a few decades)
     
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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 10:27 am

    -London
    -Tokyo
    -Istanbul
    -Los Angeles
    -Las Vegas

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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 12:17 pm

    You guys are whey whey off ..... Its Amsterdam. The greatest city on the planet.
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    RE: World's Best City

    Mon Jul 05, 2004 12:20 pm

    i've been to a number of places aorund the world, but no where in east asia, south america or australia so my judgment is limited to what I know.

    And from what I know here is what I like...defining a city as a metropolitan area that is, so that it excludes villages and the like.

    Aix-en-provence
    Munich
    Istanbul
    Beirut

    Of course there are millions of great cities around the world.
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