Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Irresistible City

Each year media heavyweights like Monocle, Forbes and The Economist publish a list of the world’s most liveable cities – the very best places to live in the world. Europe dominates the lists, with Vienna, Zurich, Geneva and Copenhagen regularly appearing as the global front-runners. But are these cities really the best places to live? And why are ‘big cities’ like London, New York and Paris so conspicuously absent?

The Financial Times ran a good article on all this about a month ago. Apparently what gets you near the top of the liveable list are things like your proximity to nature, global connectivity, education and even chain store metrics. But it’s a classic case of irreplaceable and irresistible. Or as FT puts it, liveable versus loveable. I’d like to see a list of the most loved cities in the world. Places that ooze sensuality, mystery and intimacy. That pulse with energy and excitement. Mine would start with Istanbul, Santa Fe, Rome and Auckland. Forget about places that are liveable. Let’s talk about places that make you feel alive.

6 comments:

GIANPAOLO GRAZIOLI said...

I like this!

Richard Cross said...

Here's a starter; the Old City of Damascus. It oozes mystery,history, and a sense of perspective. With a locals to guide you, chilling out at a Hookah cafe it's a place to learn. Surprises around every alley and the feeling around the The Umayyad Mosque inspiring. End the day with a sumptuous meal from Mount Qasiou (forgotten the restaurant.) Might not choose to live there and hotels can be a lottery but it's certainly not dull.

Anonymous said...

San Francisco is top of my loveable list. Culture, cuisine, great architecture, endless places to explore, to be surprised and delighted by, SF has it all....

Richard Kent said...

Chicago. The greatest city in the world. And I'm English!

raffaella said...

Chioggia: between Venice and the rest of the world, between sea, lagoon and sky. It's at limits, from every point of view.

raffaella said...

Chioggia, situated between Venice and the rest of the world, between sky, sea and lagoon. A very inspirational corner. Come to believe.