Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Archive for January, 2010

Manaus – The best city in Brazil

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Interesting and exciting to the visitors of the Brazilian portion of the Amazon Forest is the geographic position of the capital of the State of Amazonas. Manaus is exactly in the center of the amazon area. Its total area is 14.337 square kilometers. The city is plan, many Igarapés (flooding areas) are part of the scenery, an average twenty minutes drive leads you into the forest from downtown.

The urban expansion goes into the Município, or department in some countries, of Rio Preto da Eva. The State of Amazonas’s total area is 1.558.987 square kilometers. Manaus is an important tourist destiny to Brazilians and all people around the world. These tourists visit the city, use it as a base to other journeys, studies, business, anyway, anything concerning the convenience of a big city. Including its plants, animals and natural beauty.

Near Manaus you can appreciate the ” Encontro das Águas ” where Rio Negro meets Rio Solimões offering us an unforgettable view.Manaus’ project makes it grow to the interior, so, this movement should preserve many of the borders of Rio Negro. Consequently, we still can apprecite some Iguarapés, small channels that cross or conquer land when the rivers in the Amazon basin go up in rainy season.

Sent by Alexandre from Manaus

Cape Town, the mother city of South Africa

Monday, January 4th, 2010

If ever there is a city to work, study and live in it’s got to be Cape Town. It’s the most beautiful city in the whole of Africa and competes with the best in the world as shown by awards that the city has won in the past. I just love living and working here where you wake up to the most beautiful mountain surrounded by the ocean and in just about 30 minutes you can find yourself surrounded by beautiful game in the most spectacular game reserves. The 2010 legacy of upgrades on our roads infrastructure will even fuel the city to be the best in terms of public transport. There is no where in the world i would love to live in than Cape Town it’s simply the best.

Sent by Shelton from Cape Town, South Africa

Viña del Mar, CHILE, South America

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Although I’m not from Viña del Mar (”Vineyard of the Sea,” a rough literal translation), I feel I have to highlight this beautiful city, or “Garden City” as it is known also.

The big difference I guess with other cities, is that you get two cities for the price of one. Yes, TWO cities side by side, Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, each with its own personality, and the latter declared as a World Heritage by the United Nations!!

It is very close to the capital city of Chile, Santiago de Chile, so you can come to do some business in the morning and enjoy the beach by afternoon. I can not tell you how vibrant this city becomes in summer, they say seeing is believing or one picture is better than a thousand words”, so you have to come to see it for yourself, and you can be confident that you will be VERY VERY WELCOME!!!

Sent by Fernando from Viña del Mar

I Love Cape Town

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Choosing to live in a city that you love is an entirely different affair from visiting a city for the first time and falling in love with it. The difference lies in a knowing of the landscape, like the lines of a loved one’s face.

Cape Town is a cosmopolitan world city, offering first class business and leisure infrastructure. Look closer, feel more and you’ll see and hear a uniquely African rhythm from the marimba bands in the V&A Waterfront to the colourful houses and call to prayer in the Bo-Kaap. The term fusion speaks of our past by telling of a history of colonialism and our present as people who use these influences to innovate and celebrate our unique creativity. Experience South African cuisine with a French influence, Cape Dutch architecture or South African jazz music. Let street art or a classical masterpiece turn your head, the divide between rich and poor open your eyes and a melting pot of cultures steal your heart.

Sent by Marisah from Cape Town