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Very interesting intiative from the World Bank - to set a group of indicators for assessing the cities of the world, an "attempt to capture the quality of life and efficiency of service delivery within participating cities".

This paper provides the key elements to develop an integrated approach for measuring and monitoring city performance globally. The paper reviews the role of cities and why indicators are important. Then it discusses past approaches to city indicators and the systems developed to date, including the World Bank's initiatives. After identifying the strengths and weaknesses of past experiences, it discusses the characteristics of optimal indicators. The paper concludes with a proposed plan to develop standardized indicators that emphasize the importance of indicators that are measurable, replicable, potentially predictive, and most important, consistent and comparable over time and across cities. As an innovative characteristic, the paper includes subjective measures in city indicators, such as well-being, happy citizens, and trust.

It's even more interesting in connection with the Olympic bidding competition (well, mainly the first step, till the shortlist, till the things get too political). Such set of indicators would certainly help making a better and a more precise assessement of the bidding cities by the IOC or even by the BidIndex.

Link: City Indicators: Now to Nanjing

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Interesting quote from the report:

Greater competition for the best managed cities: As part of a more interconnected

world, cities are competing for international events such as sports competitions, fairs,

and corporate and institutional headquarters as part of their participation in a

globalized world. Most of this growth is occurring in developing countries.

Competition among cities is intensifying, but is expected to be most intense among

the ‘elite’ cities. Concepts such as ‘brand cities’ are being developed to help cities

define their product and become individual members of a wider urban concept.

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I've been doing some research today at work regarding city brands and found an article about British business and leisure traveller's perceptions of the places they've been.

New York seems to be the favourite place followed by Sydney, London and Barcelona - doing less well are the 2016 candidates - 16th place Rio, 22nd place Tokyo, 26th place Chicago.

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