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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

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For high wages, good public infrastructure and a vibrant cultural scene, European cities continue to dominate the 2012 Quality of Living survey by the consulting firm Mercer. See where American cities feature in the global list.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:41 PM

Great places I'm sure if you've got the dough. Given the thread category this must be a knock on America in some way.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

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Great places I'm sure if you've got the dough. Given the thread category this must be a knock on America in some way.

The knock is that the first US city on the list ranks 43th, not 40 years ago half the cities on that list were in the US. That should tell us something.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

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The knock is that the first US city on the list ranks 43th, not 40 years ago half the cities on that list were in the US. That should tell us something.
Yep, That tells us that quality of life has declined in step with the growth of government. There are probably many other reasons too but one sure thing is that it was a knock. No surprise, just an easy guess.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

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Yep, That tells us that quality of life has declined in step with the growth of government. There are probably many other reasons too but one sure thing is that it was a knock. No surprise, just an easy guess.

I don't know if it is the growth of the government or the mutual exploitation of the citizens. Because among them top 10s there are a few (Denmark, as an example) where the government does not get any bigger.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

Just info...

Here's Mercer's top 50 list... http://www.mercer.co...ing-report-2012
The first U.S. city is Honolulu, ranked 28.

I didn't dig up top quality reports dating back to the 70's. Perhaps Q could do so since he suggested the 40 years thing...


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

View Post-Mr_Fess-, on 07 February 2013 - 08:00 PM, said:

Yep, That tells us that quality of life has declined in step with the growth of government. There are probably many other reasons too but one sure thing is that it was a knock. No surprise, just an easy guess.

Also, the quality of life has declined in step with the fall of American Labor Unions.

Middle Class has been given the shaft, and quality of life is just one of the many things it affects.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:10 PM

View Postrashore, on 07 February 2013 - 08:04 PM, said:

Just info...

Here's Mercer's top 50 list... http://www.mercer.co...ing-report-2012
The first U.S. city is Honolulu, ranked 28.

I didn't dig up top quality reports dating back to the 70's. Perhaps Q could do so since he suggested the 40 years thing...

The oldest one online dates from 2010, so if interested all would have to go to the library.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:21 PM

My home town at number 3? It seems all you need to make the list is a local government that increases the rates by 6% annually, the water rates by 150%, increases the public debt by half in a couple of years and allows the cities violent crime rate to increase so much that its not safe to walk the streets at night. Seriously, the Nitro Circus (you know, the fearless stuntmen and women) will not tour Auckland anymore after two separate attacks on their group in one night.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

View Postsupervike, on 07 February 2013 - 08:06 PM, said:

Also, the quality of life has declined in step with the fall of American Labor Unions.

they fell???idk about your area, but in nyc, they are still strong, doing half azzed jobs for 3x the cost, and 2x the time it should be done.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 07 February 2013 - 08:10 PM, said:

The oldest one online dates from 2010, so if interested all would have to go to the library.

That would be wonderful :) I did find this 2006/2007- http://www.businessw..._worldwide.html


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

View Postrashore, on 07 February 2013 - 08:26 PM, said:

That would be wonderful :) I did find this 2006/2007- http://www.businessw..._worldwide.html

Well, that list at least shows half a dozen US cities in the top 30, now we don't even get in there anymore...

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:40 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 07 February 2013 - 08:03 PM, said:

I don't know if it is the growth of the government or the mutual exploitation of the citizens. Because among them top 10s there are a few (Denmark, as an example) where the government does not get any bigger.
Something I haven't thought of before. Are these other big government places like Denmark known for their welfare system? Because I thought about, but declined to, add in my previous remark that along with government dependency the potential for moral decline increases. Look no further than your local ghetto or trailer park for the proof.

Supervike, I know you are a union guy but it seems you don't understand my issue with unions. In principal, they are just fine. However, they, like our government, have gotten too big for their britches. They, like our government, claims to be about the people when in reality they are about power and money. They use the people for their money and garner support by giving huge financial and benefit incentives to them just in exchange for being complacent and supportive the same as government does with handouts. Economic impacts are always on the back burner. Both the unions and the government create a moral decline when they act as savior to people. When someone always has your back what's the point of self-responsibility. I know not all people succumb to being sheep but many do and that gets passed on to everyone who looks to them for the answers. It creates an on going effect moral of decline and depletion of self worth.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

View Post-Mr_Fess-, on 07 February 2013 - 08:40 PM, said:

Something I haven't thought of before. Are these other big government places like Denmark known for their welfare system? Because I thought about, but declined to, add in my previous remark that along with government dependency the potential for moral decline increases. Look no further than your local ghetto or trailer park for the proof.


Yes, but the system comes with strings attached. In Denmark you never have to worry about eating, or about having a roof over your head. But if you want to have anything beyond that you either are working or in school qualifying for work. If not you will get nothing beyond the minimum. One thing the Danes learned very well is to keep the lazy bums in booze because it is cheaper than keeping them in jail. And the balance can be spend on education...

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:50 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 07 February 2013 - 08:45 PM, said:

Yes, but the system comes with strings attached. In Denmark you never have to worry about eating, or about having a roof over your head. But if you want to have anything beyond that you either are working or in school qualifying for work. If not you will get nothing beyond the minimum. One thing the Danes learned very well is to keep the lazy bums in booze because it is cheaper than keeping them in jail. And the balance can be spend on education...
Not sure that's enough info to form a solid opinion but thanks for the info.

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