The Australian city of Melbourne has beaten Canada's Vancouver to the title of world's most liveable city for the first time in almost a decade.Periodic not-having-a-summer may also play a role, but yes, we shoulda just not repaired that road.
Vancouver has topped the annual Global Liveability Survey since 2002, but this year fell to third behind Vienna.
Overall, Australian and Canadian cities did well, capturing seven of the top ten spots.
Harare, Port Moresby and Dhaka occupied the bottom of the table.
The cities were assessed in five categories - stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
Vancouver missed out on the top spot because its infrastructure score had fallen due to periodic closures of a key motorway.
The crack team of the Economist's Intelligence Unit at work:
The change in score is, in part, “reflecting recent intermittent closures of the key Malahat Highway,” the magazine said.I blame Vancouver's lowered rating on Seattle's proximity.
The thing is, the Malahat is on Vancouver Island. To get there, someone from Vancouver would need to spend 90 minutes on a ferry and at least that much time driving and waiting in a car.