Crumbling city falls in rankings

Monday, February 9, 2004

Toronto's crumbling roads and highways haven't escaped worldwide attention and these problems dropped the city to No. 13 from fourth among the best places for Britain's expatriates to live.
Toronto's infrastructure problems were reflected in the annual hardship survey conducted by Britain's Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of the respected Economist magazine.

Vancouver came in at No. 1, tied with Melbourne, Australia, and Vienna, while Montreal was ranked No. 6.

The survey measures 130 urban areas in three categories: health and safety; culture; and environment and infrastructure.

Toronto slipped because of its poor infrastructure and "its quality of housing," according to the editor of the report, Jon Copestake. "But it still figures very highly in the survey," he told thestar.com.

Vancouver kept its No. 1 ranking, he added, because "there's not anything there that would cause hardship."

The survey doesn't take into account economic conditions, so Vancouver's high house prices didn't factor in.

It is assumed that expatriates moving to an expensive city would be given a cost adjustment, Copestake said.


- TheStar.com

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