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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bloomberg/Businessweek Rates Seattle the Second-Best City in the States

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For our runner-up best city, we turn back to the Northwest to the nation’s spiritual home for coffee and personal computing: Seattle. Residents of Rain City will take the city’s famously prodigious rainfall in exchange for their high average median income, beautiful water-bound locale, and standout clean air. Microsoft (MSFT) and Boeing (BA) provide tens of thousands of jobs to the area, for those who can’t toss fish at the Pike Place Market.
Number one is, of course, San Francisco. It has almost the double the number bars and museums, and over 1000 more restaurants.
But we all know this is just fun and games. We all know the truth. We all know that the best city in the country and world is Manhattan. If you are not in Manhattan, you are not in the center of the human world. Even Brooklyn is not on the stage but has some of the best seats in the house. Manhattan is the Mecca of the urban soul.


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Fnarf 1
You're high on drugs. Manhattan is the center of the last century, not this one. Very little of interest happens in Manhattan now. The future of New York isn't even in Manhattan, let alone the world. If you want "urban soul" you have to go to Queens. Flushing, for instance. Manhattan's a great place for $400-a-plate dinners, though.
Posted by Fnarf on January 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this
biffp 2
New York City has five boroughs.
Posted by biffp on January 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this
Charles Mudede 3
@2 and only one city, Manhattan.
Posted by Charles Mudede on January 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM · Report this
What, De'troit didn't make the list?
Posted by Welcome to Whitopia on January 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Sell your home in Wichita, cash in your 401k and sink it all into an apodment sized condo in Lower Queen Anne that evokes the "spirit of the Fair".

It's good for business.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM · Report this
biffp 6
@3, I lived around Manhattan and three of the other boroughs. There is more of a buzz in Manhattan, but Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx are integral to NYC. Manhattan isn't NYC any more than Capitol Hill is Seattle.
Posted by biffp on January 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM · Report this
stjerome 7
I would be more comfortable in saying Manhattan is the most important city than the best. I have friends living in Manhattan and it doesn't seem to me that they enjoy it. They all are professionals but they barely make enough to enjoy the city they live in. I visit for a holiday flushed with Seattle disposable income and they always groan when I want to go hit the city.
Posted by stjerome on January 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM · Report this
I am sitting in Buenos Aires right now, and I can, with complete confidence, say, Fuck Manhattan.
Posted by CATSPAW666 on January 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
NYC is sinking and they don't know how to swim to their yachts.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM · Report this
The problem with NYC is you cannot fucking get out of it. If I want to go to the mountains I can drive out to Wallace Falls or whatever in under 45 minutes. Good luck even getting halfway out of Konkrete Jungle in that same amount of time, and then maybe you're only in New Jersey.
Posted by The CHZA on January 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
As to san francisco, the drawback is that you have the live in sanfrancisco with everybody fucking else who lives in san francisco.
Posted by LORD ZOD on January 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM · Report this
@10 Metro North, Hudson Line.
Posted by Jude Fawley on January 30, 2013 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Manhattan is sooo over! Totally overrated! Everyone knows if you go to NYC, avoid being in Manhattan. San Francisco and Seattle are the best! Where you actually get to enjoy life and breathe!
Posted by Seattle = Cash Flow on January 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Knat 14
I'll happily take any of the cities mentioned here (or most any other major US city, frankly) over the desolate rural nowhere that is my childhood home. A trip to see the family reminded me of what I grew up with, and further strengthened my love of the city.
Posted by Knat on January 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM · Report this
why do you hate us so much?
Posted by Rowlf on January 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM · Report this
1. In NYC you can get to 300 foot high cliff walk in the palisades by putting your bike on the A line and then cycling over the GWB bridge locking the bike and doing a ten mile hike.
2. You can ride the A line to Rockaways and be on a desolate mile or two of beach on the abandoned army base. Out of sight of anyone.
3. You can get on a train -- they're really great things, too bad seattle doesn't have many -- and get to about 25 world class stunning beaches and beach towns in 1.5 to 3 hours. Ever hear of the hamptons? beautiful desolate beaches. Montauk? very natural. You can then bike for say 40 miles from Westhampton to Montauk. Seattle has nothing like this. IT's called swimming in warm water, it yields folks in things called bathign suits at a beach including bikinies and other sexy things. People on the beach in Washington state are no where near as sexy.
4. You have access to rural landscapes like the bershires and bear mountain park and the catskills. yes, not as great as our mountains here, but it's not nothing either.
5. People here go to Whistler in a 4 hour drive. In NYC you are four hours from DC and have day access there on a long day trip, also day access to philly and new haven and there are tons of natural places all over the east coast, PNWers are just generally not in the know about them.
Posted by beaches better near NYC on January 30, 2013 at 1:38 PM · Report this
@3 If you think that then you should move there. Put your money and body where your mouth is.
Posted by dirge on January 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Most truly civilized people recognize that Portland, Maine is as big as a city needs to be. Portland, Maine for the win.
Posted by catsnbanjos on January 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 19
@11 and I thought it was the outrageous rent. Which is a problem in NYC too.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM · Report this
Hey @X, if you like it so much, you should marry it!
Posted by cracked on January 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM · Report this
Dear Comments Thread,
The borough of Manhattan is, more than any other American city, the sinister heart of capitalism. Nice place to be a money vampire or one who feeds off the implacable beast (prestige artists, supermodels, stage actors, media moguls), but when's the last time anything of cultural significance came out of NYC? I would argue the early '80s, when the city was on the ropes--a socioeconomically diverse place where artists could afford to live and hip-hop was born. It's still a giddy place, but more gloss and shine than substance.
A former Manhattanite
Posted by eyehearted on January 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM · Report this
raku 22
The median income here is $90K???? Holy mole.
Posted by raku on January 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM · Report this
I do not understand the yuppie collective hard-on for San Francisco. Mediocre cultural institutions, overrated, overpriced restaurants, and possibly the most underserved, aggressive homeless population of any city in the US outside of the deep south (probably something to do with the fact that California on the whole is an underfunded, mis-prioritized public health nightmare).
Posted by johnjjeeves on January 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 24
They are also the most progressive. Correlation is no coincidence.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM · Report this
Read @21's comment. Manhattan is a playground for the rich. Nothing of cultural consequence happens there anymore - and no, Broadway is not of cultural consequence.

Much better restaurants in NYC than SF, though. So there's that.
Posted by johnjjeeves on January 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 26

Have you been to San Francisco sometime in the past 20 years? Because what you described sounds more like the situation in the '80s and early '90s, certainly not what it's like now. SF spends many millions of dollars dealing with the homeless every year and has passed a number of laws to clean up the streets. Not only are there very few aggressive panhandlers left, if you avoid the Tenderloin, you hardly have to so much as lay your eyes on an obviously homeless person.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM · Report this
seandr 27
Manhattan is a swell city and all, but the human world I live in is more oriented towards San Francisco.
Posted by seandr on January 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM · Report this
south downtown 28
go, Charles.
Posted by south downtown on January 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM · Report this
seandr 29
@23: No one said San Francisco was perfect.

Personally, I'm less interested in "cultural institutions" than I am in actual culture - music, styles, ideas, social life, etc.. New York definitely makes its contributions in that regard, but San Francisco is way further out on the edge - it's much less bridled by history and convention, and it's more possibility-friendly.
Posted by seandr on January 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM · Report this
pdonahue 30… San Francisco- a husk of what once was, colonized by overpaid tech execs who have no time to cook (hence the 1000s of restaurants) cafes have been taken over as workstations for google freelancers, bookstores are non-existant , rent and condo conversion has forced out the artists and street radicals, it's what Seattle will look like in 10 years.
Posted by pdonahue on January 30, 2013 at 10:36 PM · Report this
@7, you cant just base opinions off your friends, dummy. XD
Posted by JAke Avery on July 28, 2013 at 7:46 AM · Report this

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