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I've just read a book by Jane Jacobs and she talked about Global Cities, and researching on the Internet I just found this website. I think it's quite interesting rating major cities from most global to less globalized. I think some cities are a little underrated, rating Shanghai only 4 points or Mumbai 3, and other are overrated (Brussels 8 points¡). I was surprised about founding Tashkent, Tijuana or Bologna as global cities (even with minimal evidence and 1 point). What u think?

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/citylist.html

A. ALPHA WORLD CITIES (full service world cities)

12: London, New York, Paris, Tokyo

10: Chicago, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Milan, Singapore

B. BETA WORLD CITIES (major world cities)

9: San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, Zurich

8: Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Sao Paulo

7: Moscow, Seoul

C. GAMMA WORLD CITIES (minor world cities)

6: Amsterdam, Boston, Caracas, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Osaka, Prague, Santiago, Taipei, Washington

5: Bangkok, Beijing, Montreal, Rome, Stockholm, Warsaw

4: Atlanta, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Miami, Minneapolis, Munich, Shanghai

D. EVIDENCE OF WORLD CITY FORMATION

Di Relatively strong evidence

3: Athens, Auckland, Dublin, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Lyon, Mumbai, New Delhi, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv, Vienna

Dii Some evidence

2: Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Birmingham, Bogota, Bratislava, Brisbane, Bucharest, Cairo, Cleveland, Cologne, Detroit, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Kiev, Lima, Lisbon, Manchester, Montevideo, Oslo, Riyadh, Rotterdam, Seattle, Stuttgart, The Hague, Vancouver

Diii Minimal evidence

1: Adelaide, Antwerp, Arhus, Baltimore, Bangalore, Bologna, Brasilia, Calgary, Cape Town, Colombo, Columbus, Dresden, Edinburgh, Genoa, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Kansas City, Leeds, Lille, Marseille, Richmond, St Petersburg, Tashkent, Tehran, Tijuana, Turin, Utrecht, Wellington
 

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looks like your new here, so you probably havent seen this chart posted everytime there is an argument over which city is better than the other. Its interesting for sure, and pretty much correct, but get ready for a war in here if this thread doesnt get locked.
 

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LosAngelesSportsFan said:
looks like your new here, so you probably havent seen this chart posted everytime there is an argument over which city is better than the other. Its interesting for sure, and pretty much correct, but get ready for a war in here if this thread doesnt get locked.

Yep, I'm new here. Just 25 posts around xD

I didn't know if this chart is really known, since I haven't found a "Search engine" in this website... I couldn't check it.
 

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You can search the website by going to your favourite search engine and entering site:skyscrapercity.com along with what you're searching for.
 

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This list tracks the concentration of certain law firms, accounting firms and the like. It does not take into account whatsoever the cultural aspects of cities that are just as valid and important in determining the importance of any City on a global scale.
 

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GLOBAL CITIES

Well rounded global cities

1. Very large contribution: London and New York Smaller contribution and with cultural bias: Los Angeles, Paris and San Francisco
2. Incipient global cities: Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Toronto

Global niche cities - specialised global contributions

1. Economic: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo
2. Political and social: Brussels, Geneva, and Washington








hmmmmm
 

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Jaye101 said:
GLOBAL CITIES

Well rounded global cities

1. Very large contribution: London and New York Smaller contribution and with cultural bias: Los Angeles, Paris and San Francisco
2. Incipient global cities: Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Toronto

Global niche cities - specialised global contributions

1. Economic: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo
2. Political and social: Brussels, Geneva, and Washington








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No "large contribution" for Tokyo? These guys at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/ are quite funny.
 

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I must admit I get wildly entertained by these "financial centre" claims, as if the world economy was only about gambling in stock markets.
 

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No "large contribution" for Tokyo? These guys at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/ are quite funny.
GLOBAL CITIES

Well rounded global cities

1. Very large contribution: London and New York Smaller contribution and with cultural bias: Los Angeles, Paris and San Francisco
2. Incipient global cities: Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Toronto

Global niche cities - specialised global contributions

1. Economic: Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo
2. Political and social: Brussels, Geneva, and Washington
 

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Yeah, I read that. Just economic? Are these guys that old that they have never seen Japanese animation? (most studios based in Tokyo) Or played with Japanese videogames? (again most based in this city) Or had an Edomae sushi meal? (Tokyo style sushi, the most popular overseas) Or ever heard of Judo? (founded and developed in Tokyo), etc...
What "contribution with cultural bias" has San Francisco that Tokyo lacks?
 
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