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Bigfella
15 Aug 12,, 13:24
Melbourne has been sitting in the top ten for liveability for years. No news to me - I love the place. Interesting t6hat of the top 10 cities 4 are Australian & 3 are Canadian (well, almost 5 Australian - Auckland is in there too, and they are just a renegade province :biggrin: bigfellarunsasParipreparesretaliation :biggrin::biggrin:). Not the world's most exciting tourist destination, but when it comes to somewhere to live we are hard to beat. Now we just have to convince the legions of whingers that things really are as good as they are.



STOP whining about public transport, the West Gate car park or the waiting time at the local hospital emergency ward - this is as good as it gets.

Melbourne has rated perfect scores for infrastructure, healthcare and education in the latest Economist Intelligence Unit liveability survey, helping the city to maintain the title for the second year running of the world's most liveable city.

Scores above 80 in the survey are considered good, Melbourne achieved 97.5, only losing marks for climate, petty crime and culture.

Melbourne scored 95.1 for culture - more than Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, but below Vancouver, which received a perfect score of 100 for culture, and Toronto's 97.2.

Survey author Jon Copestake said Melbourne had still performed well on culture.

''This score is only one below a top score, so it's not a bad score, but the areas where it underperformed were live theatre, classical music and modern music,'' he said.

Music Victoria chief executive Patrick Donovan said he was ''very very surprised'' Melbourne had been marked down for culture. ''Melbourne's one of the top music cities in the world, a claim backed up recently when Music Max [pay television channel] concentrated on six great music cities in the world and one was Melbourne,'' he said.

Mr Donovan said Melbourne had 370 live music venues. ''You can see any style of music any night of the week at any number of venues.''

The survey found that cities that score better ''tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density''. The big-name cities - New York, London, Paris and Tokyo - ''all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems'', the survey found.

This year Adelaide has overtaken Sydney (seventh), inching up three places to joint fifth. Paris ranked equal 16th.

The survey is of 140 cities around the world. Cities are judged on 30 factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, with correspondents in each city.


Read more: Melbourne again most liveable city (http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-again-most-liveable-city-20120814-246vm.html#ixzz23cHmYcST)

Doktor
15 Aug 12,, 19:24
That's because Melbourne is #1 migrating point for Macedonians :wors:.

On their behalf I thank you for the hospitality.

On our behalf I thank you for accepting them :biggrin:

kato
15 Aug 12,, 19:38
The original can be found here btw:

http://www.eiu.com/site_info.asp?info_name=The_Global_Liveability_Rep ort

(costs money)

It should be noted that EIU restricts that ranking to 140 cities selected by them. The ranking methodology is deeply elitist, capitalist and American-life-style-founded. It includes such things as availability of private education (public ain't good enough), availability of OTC drugs (cuz, hey, no one should tell us how many valium to take), availability of private healthcare (see education) or discomfort of climate to travellers (no, seriously).

If you score good in that ranking it means you're good to live in for upper-class americans. Congratulations.

gunnut
15 Aug 12,, 20:08
The original can be found here btw:

http://www.eiu.com/site_info.asp?info_name=The_Global_Liveability_Rep ort

(costs money)

It should be noted that EIU restricts that ranking to 140 cities selected by them. The ranking methodology is deeply elitist, capitalist and American-life-style-founded. It includes such things as availability of private education (public ain't good enough), availability of OTC drugs (cuz, hey, no one should tell us how many valium to take), availability of private healthcare (see education) or discomfort of climate to travellers (no, seriously).

If you score good in that ranking it means you're good to live in for upper-class americans. Congratulations.

You mean the study is "pro-choice..."

bigross86
15 Aug 12,, 20:10
Full list for free can be found here (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-15/melbourne-remains-most-liveable-city-in-the-world)

antimony
15 Aug 12,, 20:37
This ranking is silly.

Going through the US cities:

Honolulu US 26
Pittsburgh US 30
Washington DC US 34
Chicago US 36
Atlanta US 36
Miami US 36
Detroit US 40
Boston US 41
Seattle US 42

Now Honolulu, Miami I can accept, but Seattle is behind Washington DC, Chicago and Detroit? Are you freaking kidding me???

And how come London, NY and SFO are so far down the chain?

tankie
15 Aug 12,, 21:22
B/F it must be good there , even the aliens wanna move in :whome:

UFO Documentary - Australia (2009) - Westall 1966: A Suburban UFO Mystery (FULL) - YouTube (http://youtu.be/bTqE805dhOE)

Chunder
20 Aug 12,, 11:54
So damned good you sign your life away to paying off a mortgage that's paid off by the time your 65. Then you can contemplate saving for retirement after you have your 'holiday after mortgage'.

Gun Boat
20 Aug 12,, 13:11
I'd say we are the most fined city in the world. Got another fine for 4km/h over the limit on that bloody east link (greens rd I think) camera again.

tankie
20 Aug 12,, 15:09
I'd say we are the most fined city in the world. Got another fine for 4km/h over the limit on that bloody east link (greens rd I think) camera again.

Give em the African necklace like we do :whome:

ambidex
20 Aug 12,, 15:39
Any place from where I can buy Indian food and dine in the same is a best city for me :biggrin:.

I have been to Melbourne to attend Graduation ceremony held at ANZ stadium by RMIT. Those two days were the best days I spent in Australia. We travelled by train from Sydney which was a long and exhausting journey because of uncomfortable train seats. But the main Railway station was beautiful and commuter friendly.

Luckily it was a week before Christmas and the metropolitan life I witnessed was amazing. Hotels were cheap, public transport trams were quite handy and less crowdy even at peak hours unlike Sydney Trains. I felt driving by your own car in city was difficult as compare to driving in Sydney city, may be because of traffic accommodating Trams. Another plus point was the City streets are quite flat and better interconnected as compare to Sydney so walking with little kid was easy. Two beaches we visited nearest to city were less happening and less attractive as compare to any out of many we visited in NSW.

People were friendly, I remember me and wife searching a map at three different places were offered thrice an assistance by passerbys, 'If we aren't lost or need to know places or how to reach there' etc. We visited MCG and its sports museum, the guides who was a volunteer took us to all important places within stadium. The views of the grounds from Pavilion and members club were fantastic. The infrastructure of and around stadium was immaculate and world class like ready to host next Olympics at short notice.

Melbourne and Sydney are paradise for brand lover shoppers, especially American brands.

Alas ! The same city became notoriously infamous when Indian students started getting bashed quite frequently for unknown reasons.