Best Cities

September 29, 2012, 9am PDT
For the second year running, <em>Businessweek</em> has conducted an evaluation of America's 100 largest cities to determine their list of the top 50. Alex Konrad discusses the results.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
June 27, 2012, 1pm PDT
No, we're not talking about climate change - this list from Business Insider imagines which U.S. cities will be the best cities to live in in the future of 20 years from now.
Business Insider
January 6, 2012, 12pm PST
The safest cities. The best cities. The happiest cities. We see the rankings all the time. But do they matter. Yes, says Samuel Arbesman, who surveyed 310 US residents by using Amazon's Mechanical Turk service.
Atlantic Cities
November 22, 2011, 7am PST
Good planning is attracting young hipsters to cities throughout the world, writes Christopher F. Schuetze.
International Herald Tribune via New York Times
Feature
October 17, 2011, 10am PDT
Despite its cold weather and spread-out development patterns, a Midwestern city beat Portland, San Francisco and Boulder for the title of #1 Bike City. Jay Walljasper explains how.
Jay Walljasper
September 13, 2011, 2pm PDT
At least, the favorite town of Outside Magazine's readership, in a survey of almost 22,000 readers. Outside says the factors that make Chattanooga hot range from "epic singletrack to progressive city planning."
Outside Magazine
May 20, 2011, 10am PDT
Jarrett Walker looks at a recent "Top Cities for Transit" list that ranks Honolulu #1, and says the criteria that the Brookings Institution used are "especially perverse".
Human Transit
May 11, 2011, 2pm PDT
Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times says that lists of the "Best Cities" often fail because they select cities that are the most "livable", ignoring what makes cities "lovable".
Financial Times
November 27, 2010, 9am PST
Joel Kotkin puts forward the premise that smaller urban regions are more nimble than big cities. Kotkin dubs these smaller cities like Austin, Columbus and Raleigh-Durham "efficient cities."
New Geography
October 23, 2010, 1pm PDT
A new study looks at the best cities in the world for science, using publication rates in as the basis. The researchers
Nature
October 13, 2010, 2pm PDT
The American Planning Association has released its 2010 selections for great public spaces, streets and neighborhoods, ranging from a sculpture garden in Alabama to New York's transformed Bryant Park.
American Planning Association
October 5, 2010, 9am PDT
Publishers and marketing folks admit that the barrage of lists titled "Top 10 Places To...." is inspired purely by the public's inability to resist clicking them.
The Wall St. Journal
September 8, 2010, 11am PDT
The American Institute of Economic Research ranks the best cities and towns in which to attend college, using academic achievement, quality of life, and professional opportunities as factors.
USA Today
August 26, 2010, 2pm PDT
Outside Magazine compiles their top 25 U.S. towns for outdoor adventure. Considered alongside the availability of great kayaking and biking were stats like percentage of college graduates and cost of living.
Outside Magazine
August 10, 2010, 2pm PDT
Public Servant Blog dares to compile a completely subjective list of the Top 20 Urban Planning Successes of All Time, with selections ranging from the obvious (Amsterdam) to the less so (Marimont, Ohio). See if you agree.
Public Servant Blog
July 23, 2010, 2pm PDT
Eden Prairie, Minnesota tops Money Magazine's recent list of Best Places to Live 2010. Blogger Chris O'Leary points out that Eden Prairie is devoid of anything to separate it from any other suburb, and in fact has no downtown at all.
On Transport
July 12, 2010, 2pm PDT
Apparently metropolises are out- CNN Money's annual list of the "Best Places to Live" is filled with small cities like Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Overland Park, Kansas.
CNN Money
May 30, 2010, 1pm PDT
London-based consulting company Mercer released their yearly rankings of the 25 most liveable cities, and no American cities make the grade. Vienna is number one, and Vancouver takes fourth.
The Christian Science Monitor
May 26, 2010, 2pm PDT
Richard Florida and his team have ranked the Best Places for Recent College Grads using nine different indicators, including the number of singles, unemployment rate, rental housing stock, and of course, creative capital.
The Daily Beast
April 20, 2010, 1pm PDT
AskMen.com ranks the Top 29 cities in the world to be a man, using a highly scientific ranking system based on the price of an iPod, the city's GDP, the ratio of men to women, and - the efficiency of public transit?
Ask Men