With high scores in five broad categories, Melbourne, Australia received the highest spot in livability rankings from The Economist's research unit.
Sep 2, 2011 TheCityFix.com
A new breed of developers in China are increasingly trying to make the country's new cities into pleasant, walkable and even environmentally sustainable.
Aug 18, 2011 Grist
Paul Mason takes a tour of Manila's 10-year-old Estero de San Miguel slum to test the theory that slums have upsides and finds that understanding the question's realities is as important as trying to find the answer.
Aug 16, 2011 BBC
A few months ago, I updated a city rating system (available at http://lewyn.tripod.com/livable09) that evaluated cities' "livability" by rating crime rates, transit-friendliness, and cost of housing.
Jul 30, 2011 By
Portland leads the nation is sustainability and in fact, may be responsible for starting this movement, but its economy remains mediocre and it is one of America's least diverse cities. Urbanophile's Aaron M. Renn explains why.
Jul 4, 2011 Urbanophile
It's the opposite of conventional transportation policy in American cities that places motorist convenience in high priority (think 'level of service'). This story shows what European cities are doing to get motorists out of cars.
Jun 27, 2011 The New York Times - Environment
Our job as planners is ultimately to manage change, which is often fun but occasionally ugly. Blog Post
Mar 24, 2011 By
Columbus, Ohio has been experimenting with zoning overlays, which do not change the underlying land use regulations but add a set of form-based regulations focused on livability.
Mar 9, 2011 Columbus Dispatch
From high drug use to overpriced housing, Vancouver has its flaws despite its 5-year strong top spot as the world's most livable city.
Mar 4, 2011 National Post
Are greenfield developments designed with sustainability in mind or already-built metropolises better for the environment and the people?
Mar 1, 2011 THE DIRT