"Why do we think of Boston or Philadelphia or New Orleans or Savannah or Charleston as more historic than New York? This is the most historic city in the United States easily. But those cities have more of their historic fabrics because they lost. They wanted to be big cities, and they failed." - Kenneth Jackson as quoted in Expanding a Hospital in Historic Territory
Don't know about you, but to me this guy sounds like a real asshole for saying something like that. First of all, NYC is a very historic city, but it can be argued that Beantown and Philly are at least as historic, if not more historic than NYC. Second, these are all "big" cities. If you mean humongous, can't-take-care-of-the-millions-here-now-but-are-inviting-a-million-more "big", then yeah, NYC wins hands down. The cities on his hit list wisely decided not to sell their souls out and hollow out their neighborhoods for the sake of commerce. And we should pity them for that?