Does Portland, ME have a reputation? Not like Pittsburgh (which doesn't live up to it, IMO) or Portland, OR or Charleston or Nashville (which seem like they do).
I think died-in-the-wool New Yorkers like you and me are incapable of dispassionately discussing Boston. (I mean, it really is second rate -- but you and I would say so regardless.) Las Vegas lives up to its reputation -- for better or worse. Right? And to add another, Philadelphia totally lives up to its reputation. (Although it's hard for me to think of Philadelphia as "second tier".)