Americana: Third City?

For years, Chicago and Los Angeles have been locked in a kind of wrestling match over which one is second only to New York in size and influence. But Chicago may now be caught in a Golden State bear hug from which it cannot escape. Statistically speaking, the Windy City may no longer be America's second city. A new population tally, conducted by Los Angeles officials but thought to be reliable, puts Los Angeles ahead by 36,222, or 3,041,294 to Chicago's 3,005,072. Not imperiled is Chicago's enduring sense of superiority over Los Angeles. Asserts Joseph Harmon, president of Chicago's convention and...

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