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    Posted: Jan 13 2013 at 3:38pm
On another forum people were saying the only real city in the US is NYC.

So I'm curious, do you agree, and what do you think makes a city a real city, and are there any in the US besides NYC?
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A city is a relatively large and permanent settlement.[1][2] Although there is no agreement on how a city is distinguished from a town within general English language meanings, many cities have a particular administrative, legal, or historical status based on local law.

For example, in the American state of Massachusetts an article of incorporation approved by the local state legislature distinguishes a city government from a town. In the United Kingdom and parts of the Commonwealth of Nations, a city is usually a settlement with a royal charter.[1] Historically, in Europe, a city was understood[citation needed] by some to mean an urban settlement with a cathedral. The belief in this distinction is also common in England, where the presence of a cathedral is thought by many to distinguish a 'city' (sometimes called a 'cathedral city') from a 'town' (which has a parish church[citation needed]); the belief is incorrect (Chelmsford, for example, became a city only in 2012, but had a cathedral for most of the 20th century).

Cities generally have complex systems for sanitation, utilities, land usage, housing, and transportation. The concentration of development greatly facilitates interaction between people and businesses, benefiting both parties in the process. A big city or metropolis usually has associated suburbs and exurbs. Such cities are usually associated with metropolitan areas and urban areas, creating numerous business commuters traveling to urban centers for employment. Once a city expands far enough to reach another city, this region can be deemed a conurbation or megalopolis.

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NYC is overrated..
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Originally posted by Gkisses Gkisses wrote:

NYC is overrated..
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and no i dont think NYC is the only city in the USA.

we have plenty.
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NYC isn't a city IMO.


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They were saying that to be boastful most likely
NYC is our financial and cultural capital and would have been our political capital if Thomas Jefferson wouldn't have had his way with it.

Most nations have all their capitals in the same city.
We and Brazil I belive are the only ones to not follow that rule

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Originally posted by JamCaygirl JamCaygirl wrote:

Cities generally have complex systems for sanitation, utilities, land usage, housing, and transportation. The concentration of development greatly facilitates interaction between people and businesses, benefiting both parties in the process. A big city or metropolis usually has associated suburbs and exurbs. Such cities are usually associated with metropolitan areas and urban areas, creating numerous business commuters traveling to urban centers for employment. Once a city expands far enough to reach another city, this region can be deemed a conurbation or megalopolis.

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Originally posted by JamCaygirl JamCaygirl wrote:

A city is a relatively large and permanent settlement.[1][2] Although there is no agreement on how a city is distinguished from a town within general English language meanings, many cities have a particular administrative, legal, or historical status based on local law.

For example, in the American state of Massachusetts an article of incorporation approved by the local state legislature distinguishes a city government from a town. In the United Kingdom and parts of the Commonwealth of Nations, a city is usually a settlement with a royal charter.[1] Historically, in Europe, a city was understood[citation needed] by some to mean an urban settlement with a cathedral. The belief in this distinction is also common in England, where the presence of a cathedral is thought by many to distinguish a 'city' (sometimes called a 'cathedral city') from a 'town' (which has a parish church[citation needed]); the belief is incorrect (Chelmsford, for example, became a city only in 2012, but had a cathedral for most of the 20th century).

Cities generally have complex systems for sanitation, utilities, land usage, housing, and transportation. The concentration of development greatly facilitates interaction between people and businesses, benefiting both parties in the process. A big city or metropolis usually has associated suburbs and exurbs. Such cities are usually associated with metropolitan areas and urban areas, creating numerous business commuters traveling to urban centers for employment. Once a city expands far enough to reach another city, this region can be deemed a conurbation or megalopolis.


Thanks for posting this, but I was looking for opinions...
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Originally posted by Positive K Positive K wrote:

First off, what's up Nelliglam nice to see u posting a thread.

Secondly, I think that's BS.

Smile hi

Yea, me posting a thread is a rarity, on here.

From the other forum i gathered they felt places like ATL and LA were more suburban than 'city-like'

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lite Brite Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 13 2013 at 3:56pm
Good question. I thought there was some sort of specific rule but didnt know what

I also keep meaning to look up street, road, drive, lane, boulevard, and avenue
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