Vancouver selected world’s ‘most livable’ by magazine, Algiers placed last on list
Vancouver has been selected as the world’s most “liveable city” and Toronto the fifth most liveable in a survey of 132 cities by the Economist magazine.
The Economist Intelligence Unit says Vancouver was chosen No. 1 due to a low crime rate, little threat from instability or terrorism and a highly developed transport and communications infrastructure.
Vancouver scored a liveability index of 1.3 per cent, with zero per cent indicating exceptional and 100 per cent indicating intolerable.
It’s the fifth straight time Vancouver has garnered the honour.
The list published on the Economist.com website shows four Australian cities — Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney — in the top 10, which also included Vienna, Copenhagen, Geneva and Zurich.
The magazine says traffic and crime rates caused such cities as New York, Tokyo, London, Hong Kong and Paris to score lower.
Large centres like London and New York also lost marks by fears of terror attacks.
Algiers was the least liveable city on the list.
The accolade, which Vancouver has won for five consecutive years, was met with measured pride from Vancouverites.
Mayor Sam Sullivan said Vancouver is “a gold-medal city.”
“Being recognized as number one in the world means we have great citizens who are committed to their city,” he said.
Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East and former city councillor, said “The question I have is livable for whom? For some people it is a fantastic place to be, but we've seen an increasing gap between poverty and wealth in Vancouver in particular.”
“Vancouver needs to be a socially just city, that can be the best place in the world for all people,” she added.
David Eby, a lawyer with PIVOT Legal Society, said Vancouver doesn’t deserve the honour until the problems of homeless and addiction in the Downtown Eastside are solved.
“Vancouver is turning into a city only for the rich, and that’s not livable,” he added.