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Home Portfolio Community & Social Is being ‘the world’s most liveable city’ such a big deal?
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Yet again The Economist’s annual Global Liveability Index is dominated by Australasian and Canadian cities, but it says little about the differences between them or what they’re like to live in permanently.
Melbourne came first in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index released yesterday; this is Melbourne’s fifth “win” in a row. Adelaide, Sydney and Perth ranked fifth, seventh and ninth respectively, as they did last year. Brisbane came in 20th again.
I’ve reviewed each release of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index for the last five years. As was the case in 2014, nothing has changed at the top in the 2015 survey compared to the previous year, so here’s a summary of the key points I’ve made on past occasions:
Whatever its usefulness for companies sending executives on assignment might be, the Index has little relevance for permanent residents of a city or for urban policy-makers.
Of course politicians won’t be able to resist making political capital from the survey, but the rest of us should understand it means almost nothing in terms of informing policy.
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Alan Davies is a principal at Pollard Davies Consulting working in transport and town planning. He blogs at The Urbanist.
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