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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:09 PM
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Why city rankings always get it wrong
Yes! This is something I've been whinging about for years.

The essence of a city, says Peach, is something more than the sum of its parts. If it wasnt, New York and Los Angeles, with their epic congestion and high rents, would quickly depopulate. Instead, these are the places that the best and brightest dream of moving to. And cities dont lend themselves to rankings that pick winners and losers either, says public policy consultant Otis White. Cities arent engaged in a zero-sum game. This isnt football. Boston can do well and New York can do well. Both can be great places for different people.

What is vibrant and interesting to one person is loud and overwhelming to another, says Peach. In the end, it all comes down to how you, as an individual, interact with that particular city. Where is the category in these lists for That awesome time I cycled with my boyfriend on the back of my Boris bike to our favorite Communist-themed cocktail bar? Peach asks. ...

Add to this the problem that many of these lists have an ulterior motive. I think the objective of these lists is to get headlines in newspapers, says White. Sometimes theyre connected to a company the best cities for dating will be compiled by a body-spray company. And just because theyre citing stats doesnt mean their conclusions are bulletproof the book How to Lie With Statistics has been a go-to reference since 1954 for this kind of stuff.
Full article: http://www.salon.com/2011/12/05/why_city_rankings_alway... /
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Anatos Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:11 PM
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1. Maybe
everyone else already KNOWS that (non-metric) city ranks are entirely bogus, subjective, meaningless, and intended only to provide headlines.
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:14 PM
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2. Clearly not people who write newspapers and websites though. :D
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 04:54 PM
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3. "Best cities to retire in" usually means "lots of real estate developers here".
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