Which city is the place to be?

What really makes a city the place we want to live and what helps us thrive when we do live in a city?

Well this is a matter of some conjecture and in many ways it depends on what you count and who counts it.

As we all know the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Survey of 140 cities worldwide has ranked Melbourne the most liveable city in the world three years’ running. Meanwhile closer to home the Property Council of Australia (PCA) has asked residents what they think and Canberra has come up trumps as Australia’s most liveable city just ahead of Adelaide, with Melbourne ranking fourth and Sydney eighth (behind its near neighbours Newcastle and Wollongong).

The EIU uses some pretty serious objective factors in reaching its conclusions, looking at over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors including prevalence of crime and threat of military unrest (stability factors) through to healthcare, culture and environment, infrastructure (including energy and water provision) and education measures.

When the PCA asked Canberrans and other Australian city dwellers what they thought of their own home towns they looked at similar things but also asked about key factors like cost of living and planning and managing urban growth.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2014
For yet another perspective, the Globe and Mail asked Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and global research professor at New York University for his 10 rules on building a better city.

‘Up not out’, ‘the right density’ and ‘diversity’ made the top 10. It makes for great reading. What do you think? What are the factors that deliver “quality of place”?






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