Monday, August 01, 2005

I Heart NY...on TV

In the battle of the coasts, I think NY is winning over Southern CA when it comes to popular media.

They had Sex & the City and (still have) Law and Order. "We" had Beverly Hills 90210 and (still have) the OC. They had Friends, we have Joey. They have Will & Grace, we gay sitcoms.

Anyway, you get the idea. New York City. What an amazing city. It is THE American city.

When you think LA, you think decadence and paradisical landscapes.
When you think Flordia, you think retirees and golf courses.
When you think Boston, you think academia and uptightness.
I could go on and on.
But when you think of think: THE City.

Which brings me to ask, what makes a city so citified? What are the particular attributes of a city (vs. say a suburb or a rural district)? Here's a few:
1. Diversity
2. Heavy Commerce
3. Crowdedness

Essentially, people. Heavy commerce, you can see as a by-product of so many people trying to make a living.

The city: lots of people from all different backgrounds smooshed in as compactly as possible. Makes for good tv.

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