In making their final selection, the eight panelists of The New York Times look for a dynamic city that is a "magnet of creativity, energy and ideas."
Josef Joffe of Stanford University writes, "What makes cities great? It is always the same combination of wealth and power, dynamism and freedom which draws talent and ambition from all over the world. This makes for a critical mass of people who create, invent and break the mold." Joffe's pick is London.