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|How can we design great cities from scratch if we cannot agree on what makes them great? None of the cities where people most want to live – such as London, New York, Paris and Hong Kong – comes near to being at the top of surveys asking which are best to live in.
The top three in the most recent Economist Intelligent Unit’s live ability ranking, for example, Melbourne Vancouver and Vienna. They are all perfectly pleasant. But great? The first question to tackle is the difference between live ability and greatness. Perhaps we cannot aspire to make a great city, but if we attempt to make a live able one , can it in time become great?
There are some fundamental elements that you need. The first is public space. Whether it is Vienna’s Ringstrasse and Prater park, or the beaches of Melbourne and Vancouver, these are places that allow the city to pause and the citizens to mingle and to breathe, regardless of class or wealth. Good cities also seem to be close to nature, and all three have easy access to varied, wonderful landscapes and topographies.
A second crucial factor, says Ricky Burdett, a professor of urban studies at the London School of Economics is a good transport system. “Affordable public transport is the thing which cuts across all successful cities,” he says.
Features such as having accessibility to both public spaces as well as affordable transport system for its residents are common measurement for the most liveable cities, hence building liveable cities may be first step to towards developing great cities over time as the criteria for great cities are not yet universally agreed