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London Fails To Make Top 50 'most Live-able' Cities

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-...es-1699988.html

London has failed to make the top 50 “most live-able†cities, according to worldwide analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Canada’s Vancouver scooped the top spot having met an impressive 98% of the criteria set by the surveyors, including the quality of healthcare, culture, environment and infrastructure.

Vienna in Austria is ranked second, closely followed by Melbourne, Australia. The top 20 includes five Australian cities, three Canadian cities and two German cities

London is a blooody shiithole.

i have been to other cities and what you find is that many people live in them, but not london, at night its a ghost town of ofices and shops and only the really rich can live there.

compare that to my fave place amsterdam where poor people live in the city centre. admittedly its all a differnt scale but the difference is noticable, above all the shops and such there are homes with normal people living in them, not just the blooody rich.

london is a concrete nightmare.

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The 'when you're tired of London, you're tired of life' has to be one of the most over-rated quotes, except, of course, 'house prices only go up'.

I always dislike the amount of people in London all piled round bus stops and in Tube stations. It always feels like being trapped in a well-fed concentration camp.

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Its a filthy hive packed full of w8nkers.

The best thing that can be said of London is that it keeps them all in one place. :P

I know some people get off on all that but it just gives me a headache.

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Its a filthy hive packed full of w8nkers.

The best thing that can be said of London is that it keeps them all in one place. :P

I know some people get off on all that but it just gives me a headache.

Yup, hate all this "city living" crap that gets peddled by slave box vendors.

Wake up in your white studio apartment with laminated floors and marble topped kitchen with silver appliances. Dress, wash, work. Hang out in trendy wine bar. Rinse, repeat.

Do people really live like that? :unsure:

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Yup, hate all this "city living" crap that gets peddled by slave box vendors.

Wake up in your white studio apartment with laminated floors and marble topped kitchen with silver appliances. Dress, wash, work. Hang out in trendy wine bar. Rinse, repeat.

Do people really live like that? :unsure:

They did before 'computer said no' on any more credit.

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I see where I now 'live' made No. 17.

Try asking the respondents again in February, when it's -35, and they're digging snow off the steps for the nth time that month, and the wind chill is making your face go completely numb in seconds (well, the exposed bits, anyway), after you've just shelled out nearly 1000 bucks for the now compulsory winter tyres, which won't save your neck when a dick head from Ontario (who doesn't have to buy winter tyres) comes ploughing into the side of you.....

Then let's see if it still ranks 17. I'd wager it won't.

Last whinge.... a mate of mine managed 2 years in Vancouver, the number 1 city, and then left back for England because it rained too much! He said it started in October and didn't stop until May!!!

These lists are total sh1t and I'm sure they are 'sponsored'.

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I see where I now 'live' made No. 17.

Try asking the respondents again in February, when it's -35, and they're digging snow off the steps for the nth time that month, and the wind chill is making your face go completely numb in seconds (well, the exposed bits, anyway), after you've just shelled out nearly 1000 bucks for the now compulsory winter tyres, which won't save your neck when a dick head from Ontario (who doesn't have to buy winter tyres) comes ploughing into the side of you.....

Then let's see if it still ranks 17. I'd wager it won't.

Last whinge.... a mate of mine managed 2 years in Vancouver, the number 1 city, and then left back for England because it rained too much! He said it started in October and didn't stop until May!!!

These lists are total sh1t and I'm sure they are 'sponsored'.

+1 on the weather impact on liveability.

I lived in 'top 20' Hamburg. Lasted 18 months when we went through a summer without sun. The rest of Europe would be basking in the sun, and Hamburg would sit under a perma-cloud. Apart from that, though it was very nice.

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Its a filthy hive packed full of w8nkers.

The best thing that can be said of London is that it keeps them all in one place. :P

I know some people get off on all that but it just gives me a headache.

+1

The *****ers will be along later to defend the shitehole.

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Not a lot of surprise there, London is a shit hole.

Now Paris is a different kettle of fish.

Yes, Paris streets are covered in real dog sh*t! As long as you keep your eyes elevated at 30 degrees to the horizontal, Paris is lovely. If you look straight ahead you see the hordes of disenfranchised North African youths who truly hate you and if you look 30 degrees below the what the real sense of social responsibility is amongst the Parisians.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-...es-1699988.html

London is a blooody shiithole.

i have been to other cities and what you find is that many people live in them, but not london, at night its a ghost town of ofices and shops and only the really rich can live there.

compare that to my fave place amsterdam where poor people live in the city centre. admittedly its all a differnt scale but the difference is noticable, above all the shops and such there are homes with normal people living in them, not just the blooody rich.

london is a concrete nightmare.

Whilst I agree that London being on the list is no great surprise (hell, I don't think it would even make the list of 50 best places to live in the UK), I have to disagree about Amsterdam. Yes, people live in the city center, and they ride bikes and have public transport that is actually quite good. However, Amsterdamers always strikes me as living up to the motto 'If nowhere else in the world will have you, you'll find a welcome in Amsterdam.'

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Manchester is the only UK city to make the top 50, coming in at 46th place and beating London’s ranking of 51st place.

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+1

The *****ers will be along later to defend the shitehole.

Yeah, 'cos we don't have to get up a silly o'clock to spend hours of our lives sitting in a car.

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Yes, Paris streets are covered in real dog sh*t! As long as you keep your eyes elevated at 30 degrees to the horizontal, Paris is lovely. If you look straight ahead you see the hordes of disenfranchised North African youths who truly hate you and if you look 30 degrees below the what the real sense of social responsibility is amongst the Parisians.

Yeah, the English love to dream that the grass is always greener. The only time I ever felt really afraid wandering around a city was when I got lost in Brussels, I had very a similar experience to the above. *shudders*

Have lived in a few of those Australian cities listed - especially Perth - and really don't see what they're on about. Quality of health care, cultural experience, environment(Thames is very clean by Australian standards) and infrastructure (especially transport) London is superior, in my opinion. Australian cites are cleaner, less crowded and have more agreeable winters. And house prices are far from cheap in Australia.

These surveys are stacked against big cites.

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Whilst I agree that London being on the list is no great surprise (hell, I don't think it would even make the list of 50 best places to live in the UK), I have to disagree about Amsterdam. Yes, people live in the city center, and they ride bikes and have public transport that is actually quite good. However, Amsterdamers always strikes me as living up to the motto 'If nowhere else in the world will have you, you'll find a welcome in Amsterdam.'

:lol: Well I liked it when I lived there. According to your motto that says more about me than Amsterdam!

What do you want from a city? It's friendly, lively, good transport, stacked with lovely well-educated girls with a great attitude and the best b"tts outside Brazil due to their cycling addiction, huas if you like that sort of thing, good beer, good food if you stick to the ethnic restaurants, plenty of cultural diversions, soft drugs are legal, frankly it beats any UK city out of sight.

Its one major downside is the worst climate I've ever experienced - this from a Brit.

Oh, and :

London is great if you earn 100k plus. Why anyone else lives there I don't know.

Paris is over-rated at 17. Lots of beautiful architecture and good transport does not compensate for the nasty combination of snooty Parisians and disenfranchised immigrant youths.

It detracts slightly from the article when the journalist is so slipshod that he/she puts a picture of Zurich against the Geneva blurb.

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The 'when you're tired of London, you're tired of life' has to be one of the most over-rated quotes, except, of course, 'house prices only go up'.

I lived in London for nearly 9 years until last year: The number of people that said this exact phrase to me was increddible. I agree with all the comments about London being a s%&t hole but I think these days it is caused by the people. It has changed a lot during my stay there and I think it is largely the housing bubbles fault. All the decent folk left years ago as it became too exspensive to live. All that is left is super rich (who only live in London a few times a year at most), the super poor (and there are a growing number in London - mostly from what I see not native British). The result - no people socialising. No-one on tubes, no people in pubs, restaurants, not even just milling round. TCR and Oxford Street has closed shops and offices. Its wierd and quite sad to see London like a ghost town these days.

I now live in one those top 50 cities and wont be returning to London for the foreseeable future if ever.

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