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BUT WHERE IS BRISBANE? May 30, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in Environment.
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BBC News Online reports that Vancouver is the best city in the world to live. The top ten cities according to this survey were:
Vancouver
Melbourne
Vienna
Geneva
Perth
Adelaide
Sydney
Zurich
Toronto
Calgary

The Canadians despite, or because of, their proximity to their southern neighbour already knew they had it pretty good. And guess which city comes next – Melbourne. How could that be? (I am joking) Something must be wrong with the methodology, or a rethink is required. The best and worst cities to live are the judgments of the Economist Intelligent Unit (EIU):

The EIU ranked 127 cities in terms of personal risk, infrastructure and the availability of goods and services. All the cities that fell into the top “liveability” bracket were based in Canada, Australia and Western Europe.

The survey has produced a mixed picture of the world’s cities. London was ranked in the 10th group, on a par with Dublin and Los Angeles, but one place below Manchester, four behind Berlin, five lower than Tokyo, and six off Helsinki, Frankfurt and Stockholm.
The worst places were Algiers in Algeria, and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea because “many aspects of daily life present challenges”, the EIU said.
Canadian cities scored well, as did Austria’s Vienna and Switzerland’s Geneva, because they are not seen as targets for terror attacks. The main uncertainty for people living in those cities was climate-related, the EIU said. “In the current global political climate, it is no surprise that the most desirable destinations are those with the lower perceived threat of terrorism,” said Jon Copestake, editor of the EIU report.

And just to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt this is a wonky survey the worst cities on the planet were judged to be:
Tehran
Douala
Harare
Abidjan
Phnom Penh
Lagos
Karachi
Dhaka
Algiers
Port Moresby
Melbourne and Port Moresby are by this reckoning poles apart as cities to live in. I do not know much about Melbourne or Brisbane, but I am puzzled while it of all the major Australian cities was not included in the top ten.

Postscript:

It may be asked also: Where are Montreal, Ottawa or Canberra?

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1. phil - May 30, 2007

Having spent about a year In Algiers, two weeks in Karachi and a day (that seemed like a year) in Douala, I can confirm that they all present “challenges” in daily life. Douala has got to be the most godforsaken place you could imagine – like something out of a Paul Therouz novel, with added dirt.

2. phil - May 30, 2007

that’ll be Paul with ‘x’, thanks…

3. wmmbb - June 1, 2007

Thank you for comments Phil.

As sometimes happens, but here quite often, the comments add more to topic than my post;


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