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2008’s World’s Greatest Cities

Posted by Jae on March 25, 2009

2008 World’s Greatest Cities

“Specifically, the Global Cities Index ranks cities’ metro areas according to 24 metrics across five dimensions. The first is business activity: including the value of its capital markets, the number of Fortune Global 500 firms headquartered there, and the volume of the goods that pass through the city. The second dimension measures human capital, or how well the city acts as a magnet for diverse groups of people and talent. This includes the size of a city’s immigrant population, the number of international schools, and the percentage of residents with university degrees. The third dimension is information exchange—how well news and information is dispersed about and to the rest of the world. The number of international news bureaus, the amount of international news in the leading local papers, and the number of broadband subscribers round out that dimension. The final two areas of analysis are unusual for most rankings of globalized cities or states. The fourth is cultural experience, or the level of diverse attractions for international residents and travelers. That includes everything from how many major sporting events a city hosts to the number of performing arts venues it boasts. The final dimension— political engagement—measures the degree to which a city influences global policymaking and dialogue. How? By examining the number of embassies and consulates, major think tanks, international organizations, sister city relationships, and political conferences a city hosts. We learned long ago that globalization is much more than the simple lowering of market barriers and economic walls. And because the Global Cities Index pulls in these measures of cultural, social, and policy indicators, it offers a more complete picture of a city’s global standing—not simply economic or financial ties.” -Foreign Policy Magazine Nov/Dec 2008 Issue
(Bold = I have been there.  Italic = I wish to go one day)

Top 10

1. New York City, United States of America
2. London, United Kingdom
3. Paris, France
4. Tokyo, Japan
5. Hong Kong, China
6. Los Angeles, United States of America
7. Singapore
8. Chicago, United States of America
9. Seoul, South Korea
10. Toronto, Canada

Top 30

11. Washington District of Columbia, United States of America
12. Beijing, China
13. Brussels, Belgium
14. Madrid, Spain
15. San Francisco, United States of America
16. Sydney, Australia
17. Berlin, Germany
18. Vienna, Austria
19. Moscow, Russia
20. Shanghai, China
21. Frankfurt, Germany
22. Bangkok, Thailand
23. Amsterdam, Netherlands
24. Stockholm, Sweden
25. Mexico City, Mexico
26. Zurich, Switzerland
27. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
28. Istanbul, Turkey
29. Boston, United States of America
30. Rome, Italy

Top 60

31. Sao Paulo, Brazil
32. Miami, United States of America
33. Buenos Aires, Argentina
34. Taipei, Taiwan
35. Munich, Germany
36. Copenhagen, Denmark
37. Atlanta, United States of America
38. Cairo, Egypt
39. Milan, Italy
40. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
41. New Delhi, India
42. Tel Aviv, Israel
43. Bogota, Columbia
44. Dublin, Ireland
45. Osaka, Japan
46. Manila, Philippines
47. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
48. Jakarta, Indonesia
49. Mumbai, India
50. Johnnesburg, South Africa
51. Caracas, Venezeula
52. Guangzhou, China
53. Lagos, Nigeria
54. Shenzhen, China
55. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
56. Dhaka, India
57. Karachi, Pakistan
58. Bangalore, India
59. Chongqing, China
60. Kolkata, India

Now that I have found a list of “important” cities of the world, I will inspect each and every skyline.  I was expecting Seattle, Vancouver, Houston, Montreal, and Philadelphia to make the cut but they failed.


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New York City Skyline – Capital of the Western World & the World’s Most Impressive City

Posted by Jae on March 1, 2009

Midtown Skyline

Midtown Skyline

New York City, center of a 19 million metropolitan area with over 170 languages spoken, is the most diverse mega large city in the world!  It is the only city in the USA in which the majority of the public uses a city’s public mass transportation system.  (Due to this, New Yorkers consume less than half the energy used by a resident of San Francisco and nearly one quarter the energy consumed by a resident of Dallas.  In addition, New York City is one of only four major cities in the United States with drinking water pure enough not to require purification by water treatment plants!)  New York City has the busiest air space in the world -this statement is questionable with my recent findings about London air space- flights are divided by three major international airports including: JFK International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia International, and is home to a larger mass transportation system than all the other systems in the country combine (adding up trains, the 24 hr New York City Subway, taxis, airplanes, boats, and buses.)

New York City is the 2nd largest center for the film industry in the world (behind Los Angeles) and has a collection of more than 2000 cultural organizations and more than 500 art galleries!  It is the home of Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway, Times Square,  and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts- which includes the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York City Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, the Julliard School, and Alice Tully Hall which is the largest performing arts center in the United States!  New York City is the global center for the television, advertising, music, newspaper, and book publishing industries and is also the largest media market in the world!

1932 New York City Skyline

New York City is a global hub of international business and is one of the three command centers for the world economy (along with London and Tokyo.)  New York City has the second largest city economy in the world (behind Tokyo), is home to the second most global firms (behind Tokyo) and is the headquarters for 43 Fortune 500 global companies- the most in the world for any single city. Midtown Manhattan is the largest business district in the United States while Lower Manhattan is the third largest in the United States and home to the New York Stock Exchange- the largest stock exchange in the world! Overall, New York City was ranked 1st in the ranking of greatest cities on earth!

Modern New York City

New York City has the most famous skyline in the world, being portrayed in more mass media products than any other. It has one of the densest and most diverse skylines, with a huge collection of buildings and building styles. New York City has an amazing collection of 50 completed skyscrapers that stand over 200 m – the most in the world! New York City also has the greatest heritage in terms of skyscrapers, building the world’s first commercial super-tall (although the first “skyscraper” is given to Chicago.) Four super-tall buildings in New York City (Empire State Building – arguably the most famous skyscraper in the world, Chrysler Building- arguably the most beautiful skyscraper in the world, American International Building, and 40 Wall Street) were all built in the early 1930s! Home of the famous (now destroyed) World Trade Center Twin Towers, the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty, and the United Nations; New York City is the capital of the western world (arguably the current capital of the world.)

Another View of Modern New York City

The skyscrapers that have been constructed in New York City are mostly concentrated in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, although other neighborhoods of Manhattan and the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx also have significant amounts of high-rises. As of June 2008[update], the entire city is the site of 191 skyscrapers that rise at least 152 m in height, with 24 more under construction. By the end of 2008, there were 5,606 completed high-rises in the city (2nd most in the world only behind Hong Kong.) Since 2003, New York City has seen the completion of 12 buildings that rise at least 183 m in height. Fifteen more are under construction, including the 541 m Freedom Tower. Also known as One World Trade Center, it is part of the complex that will replace the destroyed World Trade Center; this complex also includes the proposed 408 m 200 Greenwich Street, the under construction 383 m 175 Greenwich Street, the under construction 297 m 150 Greenwich Street, the proposed 226 m 130 Liberty Street, and the completed 226 m 7 World Trade Center. As of June 2008[update], there are 338 high-rise buildings under construction, approved for construction, and proposed for construction in New York City. New York City’s skyline has the most compact and overwhelming collection of architecture from any point in the city. Because of this, New York City’s skyline is a better view from the inside looking out rather than looking at it from afar. New York City is a proud member of the “Big 4” skylines of the world!

Full New York City Skyline

Full New York City Skyline

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