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Does multiculturalism make a city more 'liveable'?

Does multiculturalism make a city more 'liveable'? | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Melbourne recently got the top spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index, out of 150 capitals. It's the fourth time the city's been named number one in that survey, and it was joined by Sydney, Adelaide and Perth in the top 10. Melbourne rated highly in health care, education and infrastructure. Melbourne is also Australia's most culturally diverse city, with migrants, or those born to migrants, accounting for nearly half of all Victorians. So what role did multiculturalism play in its "liveability"?
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Great video on multiculturalism and liveability in Melbourne, and it's link to food and music. It also links into migration history (briefly) and refugees. Great for interconnections, Space, and Place.

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Intense Before-and-After Google Street View Pictures Perfectly Capture Detroit's Decline

Intense Before-and-After Google Street View Pictures Perfectly Capture Detroit's Decline | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
These side-by-side images reveal the true course of the Motor City's descent into squalor.
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Another on Detroit. Using Google Streetview images to show the process of change in Detroit. Good way to discuss economic factors in liveability and to discuss Change, and Space/Place.

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Urban Plunge – wild swimming in the city - Icon Magazine

Urban Plunge – wild swimming in the city - Icon Magazine | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Curator Jane Withers discusses her exhibition that presents proposals to reclaim our rivers and harbours An exhibition at the Roca London Gallery pres...

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Reclaiming built city spaces for leisure activities we associate with natural environments. Great for looking at Change, Environment, Place, Space.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 17, 2014 8:07 PM

Improving urban liveability - reconnecting people to waterways 

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The Global Liveability Index Shows Us The World’s Best Places To Live

The Global Liveability Index Shows Us The World’s Best Places To Live | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) most recent liveability ranking shows cities in Australia, Canada, Austria, Finland and New Zealand as the ideal destinations, but is this ranking a true reflection of the cities we live in and will it be...

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Benjamin Ewart's insight:

EIU with full country rankings....similar to Canadian article but great for raw data for students to graph (interconnections, place).

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Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary all rank in top five on list of world's most liveable cities

Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary all rank in top five on list of world's most liveable cities | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Three Canadian cities have again cracked the top five on a ranking of the world’s most liveable places

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Most liveable cities rankings, Melbourne on top, but has Canadian perspective on liveability (interconnections)

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 31, 2013 2:41 AM

Australian Curriculum 

The factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places (ACHGK043)


Using media reports from different countries gives perspective to assessments of liveability.


Geoworld 7:

Chapter 8. Measuring liveability: social, economic and environmental factors

Chapter 9. Liveability and access to services: urban, rural, remote settlements


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East-West Link

East-West Link | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Ninety-two homes and 26 commercial properties are likely to be acquired to make way for the east-west link toll road, the Napthine government has revealed. Premier Denis Napthine said property owners would be fully compensated at the market value of their properties.
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East-West link and liveability. Opportunity for a local case-study into liveability. Benefits of East-West link are to improve transport for motorists (and therefore their liveability). Whereas the article focuses upon the negatives of how the project will impact on residents who will lose their homes, or recreational facilities (and their liveability). Good for Change, Sustainability, Space, Interconnections.  

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Hantz Woodlands turns once blighted blocks into future forest

Hantz Woodlands turns once blighted blocks into future forest | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
I was all set to plant trees too. But when I got a look at all those people and all those pre-dug holes and all those tiny wisps of trees I just had to drag out my camera. To me, this was historic.
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Detroit urban farm initiative, turning the deserted decaying houses into farm land/forest. Has short video. Great to discuss Change and Environment

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Several SSA cities amongst the least liveable - CNBCAfrica.com

Several SSA cities amongst the least liveable - CNBCAfrica.com | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it
Several SSA cities amongst the least liveable CNBCAfrica.com “Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses, from benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages.” The...

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Least liveable cities through looking at SSA (Sub Saharan Africa) countries. Opportunity to look at factors to liveability. (Place, Environment, Change)

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GOOD.is | Infographic: Infographic: Four Requirements for a Bikeable City

GOOD.is | Infographic: Infographic: Four Requirements for a Bikeable City | Year 7 Place and Liveability | Scoop.it

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Bikeability of the city...looking at Place and Liveability through perspectives (Sustainability and Scale)

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oyndrila's curator insight, September 14, 2014 12:28 PM

An excellent infographic to understand the conditions necessary to develop a sustainable  system of transport using bicycles.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 16, 2014 7:12 PM

Sustainability and liveability of urban communities