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The top 10 quality of life cities


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#16    FLOMBIE

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:50 PM

Frankfurt? Seriously? I used to live there for one year, and couldn't get away fast enough.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:52 PM

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Frankfurt? Seriously? I used to live there for one year, and couldn't get away fast enough.

I got there from Chicago in '81, loved it.

It all depends on your perspective I guess.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

View PostFLOMBIE, on 07 February 2013 - 08:50 PM, said:

Frankfurt? Seriously? I used to live there for one year, and couldn't get away fast enough.
I see your point but think about Los Angeles, California. You've got South Central, LA which is a cesspool and a few miles away you have Beverly Hills which is an immensely expensive place where I'm sure the quality of life is amazing.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

View Post-Mr_Fess-, on 07 February 2013 - 08:50 PM, said:

Not sure that's enough info to form a solid opinion but thanks for the info.

Almost missed this one, Ok, here the part you don't like: Tax rate is from 42.9 to 63% progressively (all that feel good has to be funded somehow).

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 07 February 2013 - 09:04 PM, said:

Almost missed this one, Ok, here the part you don't like: Tax rate is from 42.9 to 63% progressively (all that feel good has to be funded somehow).
Well yea. I figured on that. Are you suggesting you like to take care of lazy booze hounds? You already know I don't.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:14 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 07 February 2013 - 09:04 PM, said:

Almost missed this one, Ok, here the part you don't like: Tax rate is from 42.9 to 63% progressively (all that feel good has to be funded somehow).
I'm positive there are many ways one could come up with a list like this with different cities placing better or worse but according to what you and I are talking about it would seem that the harder people works to pay for those who don't the better the overall quality of life becomes. I don't know. Something doesn't add up here.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

View Post-Mr_Fess-, on 07 February 2013 - 09:10 PM, said:

Well yea. I figured on that. Are you suggesting you like to take care of lazy booze hounds? You already know I don't.

Let me put it this way: I don't mind paying taxes if there is a return (and the return does not have to benefit me directly either), even if they are outrageous provided the return is big enough. What seriously ticks me off is that you pay taxes and the best you get is a passport every ten years, provided you have $65 to pay for it.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:23 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 07 February 2013 - 09:17 PM, said:

Let me put it this way: I don't mind paying taxes if there is a return (and the return does not have to benefit me directly either), even if they are outrageous provided the return is big enough. What seriously ticks me off is that you pay taxes and the best you get is a passport every ten years, provided you have $65 to pay for it.
I agree with that, as anyone should. I consider a formidable military a big return. I consider a safe bridge a big return. I do not however consider the creation of a welfare state a big return though that shouldn't be confused with me as not wanting to help someone to get back on their feet. I do not consider giving F-16's and billions of dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt a big return or teaching South Africans how to wash their nuts to the tune of $800K a big return.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 07 February 2013 - 08:38 PM, said:

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

Had to go back and really compare the lists.. Using them for comparison..
We have had 8 cities in the 2006/2007 and 2012 listings. 7 of the 8 cities have remained the same.. The numbers and their scores in 2006, 2007, and 2012...

Honolulu- 27, 27, 28
San Francisco- 28, 29, 29
Boston, 36, 36, 35
Washington DC- 41, 44, 43
Chicago- 41, 44, 42
New York- 46, 48, 44
Seattle- 47, 49, 44

Portland was on 2006/2007, 43,46, not on 2012
Pittsburgh was not on 2006/2007, but is on 2012, 49

I also found it interesting that the top 10 list has stayed the same between 2006/2007 and 2012, though some cities have changed rankings.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:08 AM

I can't see any city where snow accumulates for any lengthy period of time as being on a list of top quality of life cities.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:43 AM

View PostRavenHawk, on 08 February 2013 - 12:08 AM, said:

I can't see any city where snow accumulates for any lengthy period of time as being on a list of top quality of life cities.

Snow keeps the riff raff and homless away!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:02 AM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 07 February 2013 - 08:21 PM, said:

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.

Are you living somewhere else at the moment? Although I imagine Auckland to be a lot better than most places in the world, despite the fact that it's full of Aucklanders and apparent violent crime.

Certainly be better than living in places like Paris or London, that's for sure.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

From the article:

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"The rest of the top 10 for Europe are dominated by German and Swiss cities,

Got to love the Germans, there's not a lot they can't do well.  A fine country.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:40 PM

Sydney ranked higher than Melbourne?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

View PostWalter White, on 08 February 2013 - 03:28 PM, said:

From the article:



Got to love the Germans, there's not a lot they can't do well.  A fine country.
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That comes wit a big price tag most prefer not to pay, starting with rigorous self discipline.

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