Since reading the Economist’s new report on the competitiveness of global cities, I’ve been thinking about just what makes a city livable, and how one thinks of cities at all. As a born romantic, I have lived in many cities and never once asked myself the Economist’s question–how does this town compete in terms of physical and human capital? Or, say–what’s up with this burg’s institutional competitiveness?
Or I think I haven’t. Once I actually read this chart and took in the rather contradictory concept of livability being equated with competitiveness, I began to think about the cities in which I’ve lived–and I realized something surprising. Continue reading