The riots that hit major cities in the UK last year have seen the ratings of Manchester and London to go down in terms of livability.
The BBC have posted about the report by The Economist Intelligence Unit survey which ranks cities all over the world in terms of livability. It ranks 140 different cities all around the world and ranks are affected in terms of social stability, crime rates and access to education and health care.
Manchester dropped 9 places down to 51st, and London went down 2 places, to 55th. The riots have caused people to to see London as a place of crime rates being higher than what they actually are, especially when they are international and the only view of the city they have is via their TV sets with the media making the riots as action packed and entertaining as possible rather than worrying about how the City may be affected in the aftermath.
I can understand Manchester losing the ratings and staying around the point, but what about London? The city just hosted the world’s largest sporting event with success, and they are hosting the Paralympic games at the end of the month as well. Surely this positive approach and social stability within the City should of heightened the rankings. However, as the riots were last year, we can assume that the report takes into account what has happened over the previous year, so we can expect the ranking to go higher next year when they take into account how people lived and enjoyed their time staying in the City where the Olympics were hosted. Of course crime rates will always be high, because in a City there are many people compressed into one place, more criminals and more opportunities for them too to cause problems, however this applies to any City around the world.
Top of the survey once again was Melbourne in Australia, and at the bottom of the table rated as one of the least livable places was Dhaka, which is the capital of Bangladesh.