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http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=a2e01a06-967f-47c7-9282-a9594d4c5e31&k=31306Vancouver named world's most 'liveable' city again

The Province

Published: Thursday, August 23, 2007

Vancouver has been dubbed the most "liveable" city in the world for the fifth year in a row.

According to the British-based Economist Intelligence Unit, an Economist magazine affiliate, Vancouver offers the most exceptional quality of life of any of 132 cities polled this year.

The survey rates cities on their attractiveness to business travellers.

****Last year, an article in the Economist described Vancouver as a troubled city where "homeless panhandlers yell at theatre-goers, while young addicts deal drugs on street corners."

But that wasn't enough to knock Vancouver off the top, primarily because Vancouver is not considered to be at risk of a terrorist act like some U.S. and European cities.

The latest survey rates Vancouver and Toronto among the world's top five cities, while the Australian cities of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney place second, fourth and seventh respectively.

The Economist notes that Vancouver has low crime, little threat from instability or terrorism, and highly developed transportation and communications infrastructures.

By comparison, mega-cities such as New York, Tokyo, London and Paris suffer from "big-city buzz," it says.

"Traffic congestion and higher crime rates associated with large urban centres have to some extent offset the obvious cultural gains of living in such locations," the report states.

"This is also compounded by fears that large centres like London and New York will remain targets for high-profile terror attacks."

No U.S. cities made it on to the Economist Intelligence Unit's top 10.

© The Vancouver Province 2007

Man, you gotta love this city :D

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