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View Poll Results: Which is the most cosmopolitan city in the Americas?
Bogota 3 2.40%
Buenos Aires 15 12.00%
Caracas 3 2.40%
Honolulu 2 1.60%
Lima 2 1.60%
Los Angeles 21 16.80%
Mexico City 5 4.00%
New York City 77 61.60%
Panama City (Pan.) 7 5.60%
Rio de Janeiro 8 6.40%
San Francisco 16 12.80%
San Juan (P. R.) 2 1.60%
Santo Domingo 2 1.60%
Toronto 35 28.00%
Vancouver, BC 9 7.20%
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Old May 16th, 2005, 04:09 AM   #1
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Most cosmopolitan city in the Americas?

Which is(are) the most cosmopolitan* city(ies) on the Western Hemisphere? Where do you rate the cities in the above poll? Is there a glaring omission (or plurality of same)?


*Cosmopolitan: Having broad international sophistication; Having worldwide rather than limited scope; world class; culturally and ethnically diverse.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 04:23 AM   #2
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obviously NY. One of the largest concentrations of artists, writers, publishers, designers, business people and immigrants in the world. Not to mention home to the United Nations. No other city in the western hemisphere comes even close to offering such a complete package. If I had to choose 2nd most cosmopolitan, it would probably be between Toronto and LA. After that, Chicago, Miami, Washington.

In Latin America, I'd choose Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, but both those cities are a long way behind the N American cities mentioned.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 04:37 AM   #3
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Incredibly Sao Paulo is not on that list, and it is among the most cosmopolitan ones.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 05:13 AM   #4
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How are you gonna have SantoDomingo and San Juan but not have Sao Paulo?
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Old May 16th, 2005, 05:38 AM   #5
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weres Chicago on the list? do you feel its lacking that much cosmopolitanisim?
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Old May 16th, 2005, 05:40 AM   #6
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hmmm... Chicago vs Santo Domingo and San Juan...
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Old May 16th, 2005, 07:50 AM   #7
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Glaring Omissions

Sao Paulo and Chicago was omitted because I wanted to post a balanced list with maximum room for 15. The scope of the poll was the whole western hemisphere. Consequently, I had to include cities from the Pacific, Caribbean, North, Central and South America.

Sao Paulo was edited out because Rio is perceived (by me) to be more cosmopolitan and needed to nominate only one city from each of the selected South American countries.

Chicago wound up 'on the cutting room floor' because I chose to select only three from the continental United States (Four overall), all of which are more cosmopolitan than the Windy City.

Because I wanted to achieve relative balance, the U. S. and Canada (2) were the only countries I selected more than one city from.

To cover myself and to invite dialogue, I did ask if there were any glaring omissions, while being the first to know the answer. Other inevitable omissions were: Montreal, Havana, Medellin, Boston and any I forgot to mention now.

This reminds me of the outrage generated by the omitted films and performances when the Academy of Motion Pictures announce their Oscar nominations. Or when an Oscar winner forgets to thank a spouse.
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I think Montreal should be up there! I think Montreal would be the most cosmopolitan city in NA outside NY.
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NY
LA Chicago TO BA
Montreal SF Boston Miami
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Old May 16th, 2005, 10:50 AM   #10
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Its a bit sad when you don't have SAO PAULO Brazil.

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Old May 16th, 2005, 11:42 AM   #11
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Did you not think to include London either?
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Old May 16th, 2005, 01:35 PM   #12
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Quote:
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Did you not think to include London either?
I was gonna say, half these people really are as thick as a brick. I suppose he thought London, Barcelona etc were in the Middle Hemisphere
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London is barely in the western hemisphere but is in the western hemisphee. You could rename the thread as the most Cosmo... in Americas
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Old May 16th, 2005, 02:27 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Azn_chi_boi
London is barely in the western hemisphere but is in the western hemisphee. You could rename the thread as the most Cosmo... in Americas
Deary Me, this guy's just proved my last post ... Los Angeles is probably closer to the Eastern Hemisphere then Slovakia is
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Old May 16th, 2005, 02:30 PM   #15
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Come on, you cannot exclude London. I ought to close this thread...

*frowns*
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Old May 16th, 2005, 02:32 PM   #16
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Nah...Change it to the 'Americas' and its all good!



Im new to the scene....I have no idea what Cosmopolitan or Urbanity mean...or if desity is good or bad etc.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 02:34 PM   #17
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Okay, I renamed the thread.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 02:36 PM   #18
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Dictionary definition:

cos·mo·pol·i·tan
adj.

1. Pertinent or common to the whole world: an issue of cosmopolitan import.
2. Having constituent elements from all over the world or from many different parts of the world: the ancient and cosmopolitan societies of Syria and Egypt.
3. So sophisticated as to be at home in all parts of the world or conversant with many spheres of interest: a cosmopolitan traveler.
4. Ecology. Growing or occurring in many parts of the world; widely distributed.
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New York and Toronto would easily win this.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 08:04 PM   #20
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My Top 10

1-New York City
2-Los Angeles
3-Chicago
4-Toronto
5-San Francisco
6-Buenos Aires
7-Rio de Janeiro
8-Vancouver, BC
9-Sao Paulo
10-Panama City
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