According to the IESE Business School website post on the subject, the Cities in Motion Index (ICIM) is basically a ranking of the world’s “smartest” cities along ten dimensions: “governance, public management, urban planning, technology, environment, international outreach, social cohesion, mobility and transportation, human capital, and economy.”
The aim of the ICIM initiative is to create a city ranking index “superior to those already in existence”. The Cities in Motion team recognises the increasing importance of long-term strategic planning as a critical factor to ensure the success the world’s modern urban communities. The team assert that there is a pressing need for “a global vision”…
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Experience shows that cities must avoid having a short-term viewpoint and expand their field of vision. They must frequently turn to innovation to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their services, promote communication and get both their people and companies involved in projects.
Their high-level conclusions following this study are:
(1) Changes are slow to come.
(2) It’s important to see the whole picture.
(3) The perfect city doesn’t exist.
(4) Cities don’t operate in a vacuum.
(5) Being good in one dimension isn’t enough.
(6) There is no single model of success.
(7) Cities don’t always have the reputation they deserve.
The cities that made the top 20 slots in the list are the no-brainers and need no elaborate introduction…
(03) New York
(12) Los Angeles
Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur topped the major Southeast Asian cities ranking 56, ahead of Italian fashion capital Milan (58). Bangkok, Thailand comes in second ranking 66th in the world, beating supercar capital Turin, Italy (69), as well as historical treasures Budapest, Hungary (74) and St Petersburg, Russia (111). Coming in at 120th is the Pearl of the Orient, Manila, Philippines. Manila, of course, beats sunny Jakarta, Indonesia which crawls in at 125th.
Pretty much the only cities ranking below Manila and Jakarta are fellow basketcases unheard of by most people save, perhaps, for Caracas (126), capital and premier city of oil-rich Venezuela. Well, there is 1990s newsmaker Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, coming in second-to-last at 134 which, at least, rings a bell.
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