Originally Posted by SkyscraperGuru
When I think of "top tier" cities in the United States, I think of
- Philadelphia (It is certainly one, but being a proud Philadelphian my bias makes it first)
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Honolulu (small, but noteworthy for being a popular tourism center)
- Atlantic City
- Las Vegas
I do not think major cities like Detroit, Phenox or Dallas are important - Mostly residential cities that have less cultural importance, I think that they are cities that need help before they take a step into this kind of world. Dallas has an immense illegal immigration problem, the recent disasters, etc. Fine city, yes, but not ready for a hotel of this magnitude.
However, I think Philadelphia has long since needed this, I think Philadelphia is ready for it's time to become a worldwide famous city, I think when someone thinks of a big city (in america), they should think of New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. Philadelphia the past four years has made me so proud, i'm glad to be here.
I'd tend to agree that when considering cultural institutions Philly is really a top-notch, top-tier city. However, I'm not certain how to apply that to the original idea of hotel placement. And there is simply no way to logically exclude DC from that list.
In addition, there are some cities that have HUGE cultural significance from a historic perspective. New Orleans, St. Louis, and Memphis have culture rooted in their rich musical traditions and some of the most important uniquely American forms of music were born in those cities. From the perspective a a hotel however I would not rush to place one in any of those locations.
In pure terms of dollars and cents, geographic advantages etc I don't see how you could exclude Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, and possibly Charlotte.
I also can't see how AC would make this list in any way,shape, or form. With its tiny population - 39,558 as of the 2010 census - would it even qualify as a city or would it be considered a town? It draws mostly day-trippers from large population centers for a non-diversified economy based almost solely on tourism/gambling. It's primary source of income is being diluted and diminished by neighboring states who have legalized gambling, and while it has a large number of performance venues it generally draws few "A" list performers, largely because the venues tend to be smaller, and I don't think there are ANY museums there.
I love Pittsburgh, but I'd think that needs to drop from your list as well, and while I agree with the inclusion of Honolulu from a Hotelier's perspective, calling it a small city when it's population is 10 times as large as Atlantic City's and almost 100,000 larger than Pittsburgh seems a bit off.
I'm pleased as punch to see how well we ranked in the GAWC rankings!