These lists are journalistic catnip. Fun to read and look at the pictures but I find the liveable cities lists intellectually on a par with People magazine's 'sexiest people' lists.
Academic Joel Garreau in Liveable v. Loveable: The world's most 'liveable' cities are beautiful, clean and efficient. So why does no one want to live in them? in today's Financial Times.
The title of this post is taken from the last couple lines of Edwin Heathcote's article: "Our cities are our own -- we make them inside us. No city means the same to two people so how on earth can we measure them?"