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Do we live in the best place in the world?

By Emily Morris - 7 October 2014 17

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Many of us have often said it, but it’s now apparently official.  The OECD has named Canberra the best place to live in the world (a rating skewed somewhat by the weighting of civic engagement, influenced by our compulsory voting system).

After 12 years away, it was certainly the beauty and ease of living in Canberra that drew me back. Do you agree with the placement?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/upshot/want-an-easy-life-try-canberra-australia.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A15%22%7D&abt=0002&abg=0

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17 Responses to
Do we live in the best place in the world?
damien haas 12:40 pm 09 Oct 14

Great defence of our wonderful city and take down of the haters:

http://inthetaratory.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/this-is-not-a-post-about-the-oecd-report/

dkNigs 10:47 am 09 Oct 14

Canberra has come leaps and bounds in the last decade. So much more life, so much more character.

dungfungus 10:37 am 09 Oct 14

JessP said :

Civic engagement? Is that when they consult on new infrastructure (thinking trams like structures here) and then do the exact opposite of what the people want?

If it is, we rate very highly indeed.

Yes, when the light rail creates an ugly wirescape for starlings (like most of the UK and Europe) the OECD may wish to review their decision.
One of Canberra’s greatest features is the planned absence of above ground poles and wires.
That is all about to change.

dungfungus 8:30 am 09 Oct 14

If all these meaningless surveys, claims, statements, warnings etc. that we get regularly from OECD, IMF, UN, IPCC etc. weren’t funded by taxpayers they would have some entertainment value.
So what if Canberra is judged to be the “best place in the world”. The only way people are going to migrate here to live is to buy a $5 million business visa. Then again, this town is getting so expensive to live in only millionaires will be able to afford it.
I had a chance to move to Queanbeyan 15 years ago and now I regret that I didn’t.

gazket 10:03 pm 08 Oct 14

of course Canberra is the best city on Earth. They did a survey .

Rustygear 9:54 pm 08 Oct 14

Clearly the methodology for the survey left out cultural depth, vibrancy and proximity to surf beaches.

dungfungus 7:51 pm 08 Oct 14

Pork Hunt said :

Obviously the fools who decide these things didn’t come to Queanbeyan…

Only 2 days ago you were bagging me for much milder criticism but I know it is only your bizarre style of satire so I will forgive you.
Quite funny, actually.

JessP 4:44 pm 08 Oct 14

Civic engagement? Is that when they consult on new infrastructure (thinking trams like structures here) and then do the exact opposite of what the people want? If it is, we rate very highly indeed.

watto23 4:25 pm 08 Oct 14

There are lots of things than could be improved in Canberra. Many people here don’t realise or appreciate how good it is in Canberra on a world scale. I mean a lot of Canberra bashers live in the outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, which is quite ironic as they are not desirable locations IMO.

There are definitely things that can be improved, but a lot of the complaints are fairly shallow. Of course a lot of issues regarding political decisions, but that is the current government that could be voted out in 2016, not the city itself. The city to the lake plan itself is a great plan. If there was a bucket of money to implement it all ASAP, it would be fantastic, but realistically there isn’t.

magiccar9 4:16 pm 08 Oct 14

Proboscus said :

We have lakes you can’t swim in, a broken judicial system and an unworkable government.

I’m surprised Kabul didn’t rate higher…

They’ve probably got a more functional public transit system as well.

HiddenDragon 1:04 pm 08 Oct 14

Yes, there are practical benefits to living here, and there is natural beauty to be seen, but I find myself in strong agreement with just about everything that Jack Waterford has written in response to this latest OECD rating – doing “less with more” sums it up very elegantly.

Ben_Dover 10:21 am 08 Oct 14

Only if you have a low boredom threshold 🙂

Proboscus 10:09 am 08 Oct 14

We have lakes you can’t swim in, a broken judicial system and an unworkable government.

I’m surprised Kabul didn’t rate higher…

Cherieford 8:53 pm 07 Oct 14

Ease of living, yes. Beauty, definitely not. This city is still lacking of charm and warmth, IMHO.

Pork Hunt 4:23 pm 07 Oct 14

Obviously the fools who decide these things didn’t come to Queanbeyan…

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