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Citymusic: H206

“We always rep the Town when the rain’s coming down.”  Today I showcase Canary Sing’s rainy hip-hop ode to the H2O in the 206, which is Seattle to those who don’t know. 

H206 – Canary Sing

“Space needle scratching on the vinyl of the sky”

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I have updated the list of the 60 greatest cities in the world for 2010.  Same as the 2002 rankings posted in August of this year, this is not a most-livable cities list, not a best-cities-to-do-business list, but a list of the largest and most influential cities on earth, i.e. the greatest.  The rankings consider population, economy, cultural impact and connectedness. 

The criteria and methodology were the same for both lists, but the world has shifted in the meantime.  The only methodological difference is in the metropolitan airport passengers criterion.  In 2002, I only had access to the passenger counts from the top 30 airports; in this update, I accessed 2006 passenger counts from the largest 400 or so international airports, so the airport ranking are more robust.

As previously, Tokyo, New York and London land in the top three.  A comparison of the remainder of the rankings shows that during the past decade Asian cities have rapidly increased in greatness while U.S. cities have declined.  I will parse the data further in a future post, including a close-up look at a few of the biggest winners and losers.

2010 Overall Ranking City 2002 Overall Ranking Ranking Change
1 New York 2 ▲ (1)
2 Tokyo 1 ▼ (1)
3 London 3
4 Los Angeles 5 ▲ (1)
5 Paris 6 ▲ (1)
6 Chicago 4 ▼ (2)
7 Seoul 9 ▲ (2)
8 Washington 7 ▼ (1)
9 Beijing 15 ▲ (6)
10 San Francisco 12 ▲ (2)
11 Osaka 10 ▼ (1)
12 Shanghai 37 ▲ (25)
13 Sao Paulo 18 ▲ (5)
14 Mumbai 27 ▲ (13)
15 Hong Kong 17 ▲ (2)
16 Madrid 16
17 Moscow 20 ▲ (3)
18 Dallas 8 ▼ (10)
19 Houston 14 ▼ (5)
20 Atlanta 11 ▼ (9)
21 Mexico City 13 ▼ (8)
22 Toronto 25 ▲ (3)
23 Guangzhou 111 ▲ (88)
24 Delhi 26 ▲ (2)
25 Jakarta 28 ▲ (3)
26 Amsterdam 22 ▼ (4)
27 Boston 19 ▼ (8)
28 Philadelphia 23 ▼ (5)
29 Manila 34 ▲ (5)
30 Taipei 57 ▲ (27)
31 Bangkok 40 ▲ (9)
32 Singapore 46 ▲ (14)
33 Lima 48 ▲ (15)
34 Istanbul 42 ▲ (8)
35 Kolkata 31 ▼ (4)
36 Seattle 30 ▼ (6)
37 Frankfurt 24 ▼ (13)
38 Karachi 36 ▼ (2)
39 Cairo 29 ▼ (10)
40 Dhaka 44 ▲ (4)
41 Rio de Janeiro 33 ▼ (8)
42 Nagoya 54 ▲ (12)
43 Miami 43
44 Rome 67 ▲ (23)
45 Minneapolis 45
46 Detroit 21 ▼ (25)
47 Buenos Aires 32 ▼ (15)
48 Milan 78 ▲ (30)
49 Tehran 41 ▼ (8)
50 Barcelona 82 ▲ (32)
51 Shenzhen ▲ (–)
52 Sydney 59 ▲ (7)
53 Wuhan 112 ▲ (59)
54 Phoenix 38 ▼ (16)
55 Munich 75 ▲ (20)
56 Lagos 47 ▼ (9)
57 Melbourne 69 ▲ (12)
58 Orlando 63 ▲ (5)
59 Kinshasa 68 ▲ (9)
60 Santiago 97 ▲ (37)

Data sources used in the ranking:

1. Metropolitan area population – Per “Th. Brinkhoff: Principal Agglomerations and Cities of the World, http://www.citypopulation.de/, 01.01.2010″

2. Web citations: Google search engine, October 2010

3. Number of Fortune Global 500 company headquarters – Fortune Magazine, Global 500 Ranking, July 26, 2010

4. Metropolitan airport passengers – ACI 2006 Airport Passenger Counts (latest data publically available)

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Its been awhile, so here is a citymusic post, about being grateful for what you have. “If only” by Grynch feat. Macklemore, two Seattle hip-hop artists.

“If only, I had everything I wanted, life would be bliss for me / You’ve got to be grateful for what you’ve get, homey, because somebody don’t got nothing at all.”

It’s easy for me to get wrapped up in my goals, what I want and waht I don’t have.  But, to keep it in balance, I need to remember how blessed I am and focus on what I have already, which is more than many.  Be thankful.

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The Seattle City Council and the Planning Commission hosted a reception earlier this evening to celebrate the release of the long-awaited Seattle Transit Communities report.  The report identifies 41 locations in Seattle that have the potential to become great walkable, livable, urban neighborhoods, each served by high quality transit.  For each location, recommendations are provided for zoning, redevelopment potential, public services and pedestrian and bicycling routes.   The report builds upon the urban village planning designations and the neighborhood plans.  The recommendations could be implemented by City Council through comprehensive plan amendments or zoning ordinances (urban village overlays), or by City staff through departmental capital improvement funds.  Find out what is recommended for your neighborhood by reading the report available here.  I know I will.

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Great post on the Urbanophile about cities and religion. I recommend you read it there.

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