In an FT article this weekend asking why the world’s most liveable cities aren’t the world’s most lovable cities (ahem, Melbourne?), Monocle editor Tyler Brûlé explained his rather strange definition of a “most livable city”:
All the [most-livable-cities] surveys use an index. But what is on it? “There’s always proximity to nature,” says Tyler Brûlé. “Global connectivity is important, education and we’ve recently added chain store metrics – is there a Starbucks or a Zara?” he says.
Wouldn’t a preponderance of Starbuckses and their milky, burnt-tasting coffee make a city less livable? Australia certainly didn’t get any less livable when we booted the Seattleites out in mid-2008.
Has Tyler been taking a few too many hits from his sleek, minimalist, brushed-aluminium Alessi bong?