On today’s show we talk about two cities that make the top-five list on both Mercer’s and Monocle’s “the most livable cities” rankings: Munich and Vienna. Having lived in both cities, we compare our own anecdotal evidence with these two livability rankings. We also chat about how some cities in North America are starting to plan their cities for people instead of cars. To finish, we discuss how happiness is not a goal, but rather a side effect.
1:48 – Many of the most livable cities are in Canada and Germany
3:15 – The ranting U-Bahn operators in Munich
4:48 – Strangers in Munich are friendlier than strangers in Vienna
5:10 – Comparing Munich’s infrastructure to Vienna’s infrastructure
7:54 – Why are there so few American cities in “the most livable cities” rankings?
9:29 – The affordability of accommodations doesn’t seem to be accounted for in “the most livable cities” rankings
11:00 – Some of the Viennese apartments we looked at appeared to have never been renovated since Mozart’s time
13:12 – The first step to making a city a better place to live in: change the attitude to change the living standards
15:48 – Old school city planners designed most North American cities for cars
18:46 – Organic city design vs. planned city design
21:00 – In Canada, not being a car owner impacts your social standing with your friends, family and co-workers
24:12 – North American cities like Halifax are starting to change the way they plan cities #CitiesForPeople
25:52 – Dodging cars while walking to work in Canada was commonplace (cars turning right on a red light was often a problem)
27:40 – Was the #CitiesForPeople concept always a thing in Germany?
31:02 – Only investing in a city’s outer-core and suburbs is a losing strategy for the city’s tax payers
37:36 – Preparing for Father’s Day: appreciating the importance of fathers and grandfathers in society