The up-scale London-based Monocle magazine has just issued their latest list of the world’s 25 most livable cities.
Vancouver placed eighth – higher than any other North American city – while Montreal finished 16th on the list. Toronto didn’t make the cut.
Monocle lauded Vancouver for its role in fighting climate change, increasing building density and cracking down on drug use in preparation for 2010 Olympics. Vancouver lost marks for its high crime rate, but jumped seven spots after placing 15th in 2007.
The magazine called Montreal “Canada’s cultural capital” (to which I say Amen) . The city was also credited for its strong arts community, booming gaming and aerospace industries and its extensive network of free wireless Internet. It lost marks for its strained health care system, poor recycling facilities and growing income disparity.
Having lived in Montreal since 1972, I would add the snap, crackle and pop produced by one of the largest French cities in the world, the network of bicyle paths and the glorious Mount Royal caparisoned in greenery and towering over the city. And let’s not forget the summer with wall to wall festivals headed by the jazz festival which attracts so many American tourists.
Monocle named Copenhagen the most livable city, on the strength of its green space and “sense of humour.” Munich, Tokyo, Zurich and Helsinki rounded out the top five.
Only three U.S. cities, Honolulu, Minneapolis and Portland made the list. I have been in the first two but not Portland (unless they are talking about Portland, Maine, which I very much doubt.?
Rome, London and New York were not mentioned by the magazine, which looked at smaller, user-friendly cities with vibrant arts scenes, plenty of parks and a friendly face.
Which has been your favourite place to live?
Where would you move to if you could?
I was a big fan of “Meet the Press” and Tim Russert, a man of faith, of family and of politics. RIP.
Am off Kingston this morning by train for a family birthday. Back on Monday. Have a great weekend.