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As someone who lives in the Minneapolis area (worst sprawl in the country) I would vote for Portland, Oregon. Their policy of basically drawing a ring around the city and banning development outside it has led to a flourishing downtown area and a great light rail system. Boston would be a close second. We need cities that encourage building up rather than out.
I voted for Minneapolis in the poll, but if the question is what city is more American than just about any other, then I would say that Kansas City, where I live is.
Demographically the Kansas City area matches the United States more than just about any other city in America. It is in the center of the country (almost dead center), and has 4 seasons of equal length. We have more fountains than any other city in the world other than Rome, and more miles of boulevards than Paris.
The cost of living here is reasonable compared to many other cities. Architecturally, Kansas City is a beautiful city.
We have a great restaurant scene and nightlife, some of the friendliest people in America, some of the world's best BBQ, one of the largest farmer's markets in America, and we have the Ozarks within 2 hours of the city. Everyone that has ever visited us here was amazed at how nice it is here and how beautiful much of the metro is.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
There is no model American city, which is why America is such a model country. Its "model" city is whatever city fits each person's individual needs.
I'm not a fan of large cities at all. Asheville is as big as I can handle. I prefer medium sized cities/communities where its large enough to do what you need, but not impersonal like major metropolitan cities are.
If I had to pick a major metropolitan, I'd take Chicago.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis