Παρασκευή, 7 Μαΐου 2010

Eurocities :Το newsletter του Μαϊου

Αναρτήθηκε στη στήλη "Τα newsletters του δικτύου πόλεων Eurocities" το δελτίο του Μαϊου 2010 το οποίο περιέχει ενδιαφέροντα θέματα για τις πόλεις και τις εξασκούμενες πολιτικές στην Ευρώπη.
Διαβάστε εδώ το editorial του τρέχοντος τεύχους το οποίο θίγει ένα σημαντικό θέμα , τα συστήματα μέτρησης της κατάταξης σε λίστες των πόλεων ( πχ ποιά είναι η πιο βιώσιμη πόλη ).

Which city is the best in Europe? Or in the world?
A whole industry has emerged over the past decade or so dedicated to measuring cities’ success and ranking the results.At least 30 such global ranking systems exist. Most assess specifics, such as academic excellence, retailing or the quality of hotels. Others combine a range of indicators to represent ‘liveability’ or ‘quality of life’. Those working for cities treat these indices cautiously. A composite quality of life measure conceals a host of judgements. Does an international airport hub enhance or diminish quality of life? Are low house prices good because they’re affordable, or bad because they discourage new investment? Even so these rankings grab headlines. That’s their intention.
Our citizens, and the politicians that represent them, are delighted when their city scores highly – particularly if it is found ‘officially’ to be ‘the best’. People are less impressed when their city comes towards the bottom. Local newspapers start asking if city leaders are up to the job. And city officials spend scarce time dissecting the data to show why low scores should be disregarded.
It is this dilemma that has drawn us to make city ranking the focus of this year’s EUROCITIES Cooperation Platform, taking place on 20-21 May in Newcastle/Gateshead.
How much attention should we give to cityrankings?
How much notice do others, investors for instance, take? Are some indices more credible than others?
The Cooperation Platform is an annual event that brings together the contact officers of all our member cities. It provides an excellent opportunity to catch up on the EUROCITIES agenda, to network and to learn from each other.

I hope to see you there!
Paul Bevan
Secretary General, EUROCITIES

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