As you can see in this video, the business consultancy McKinsey has been investigating what makes great cities great. The ultimate business consultants aren’t turning into land-use planners, but have come to believe that cities are and will be major drivers of economic competitiveness for the societies in which they are located:
What makes a great city? It is a pressing question because by 2030, 5 billion people—60 percent of the world’s population—will live in cities, compared with 3.6 billion today, turbocharging the world’s economic growth. Leaders in developing nations must cope with urbanization on an unprecedented scale, while those in developed ones wrestle with aging infrastructures and stretched budgets. All are fighting to secure or maintain the competitiveness of their cities and the livelihoods of the people who live in them. And all are aware of the environmental legacy they will leave if they fail to find more sustainable, resource-efficient ways of managing these cities.
You can download McKinsey’s report How to Make a City Great by clicking here.