Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Reductionist Redux

From the International Herald Tribune article Urban Manifesto: Factors That Make a City Great (June 20, 2007):

1) international, long-haul connections combined with a well-managed, thoughtfully designed airport
2) low murder rates and domestic burglaries
3) civic components: state education and health care
4) metrics for better living: hours of sunshine and average temperatures
5) communications and connectivity
6) tolerance
7) the ease of getting a drink after 1:00 a.m.
8) cost and quality of public transport and taxis
9) the strength of local media and the availability and range of international print media
10) access to nature, amount of green space and key environmental initiatives

So, where are we? Two out of 10? Three out of 10? Yikes. Oh, and as a side note, the article cites the fact that the crime rate alone knocked most US cities off the list. The entire piece can be found here:

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