Vancouver usually tops the list of the livable city’s survey (last year it did), however it is no longer the most livable city in the world. Well at least according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Global Livability Survery. We now hold the number three spot just slightly behind Melbourne and Vienna.
The reason for the downgrade? The city’s transportation infrastructure. You would think the addition of bike lanes used 4 months out of the year would improve that score! That part of the city will only improve, especially once the UBC rapid transit line is built. At least we hope it improves.
The actual reason for our transportation infrastructure downgrade was due to the closure of the Malahat highway, yes the highway on the Island. This leads me to believe the people behind this survey aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. Further, look for the riots in June to impact us next year as it was too late to be included in this years score.
Toronto, the city we hate to love made a significant leap in the study as well.
Here is how the top ten shakes down:
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
6. Sydney, Australia
7. Helsinki, Finland
8. Perth, Australia
9. Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand