I have just read this from one of the mega-consultants:
“…there is an undeniable tension between providing a good quality of life and (a city) being both large and economically powerful. There are certain aspects of offering a top quality of life that are incompatible with being the most economically successful city, and it’s also very difficult to have a very high population and a very high quality of life.”
These are issues which we must address head on – it must become unacceptable to allow a successful economy to be so at the cost of quality of life. One without the other is not sustainable, but is too often allowed to be the case. Not allowing this mis-match will only be achieved if we make people; all people, the priority and the focus – everything else will flow from this. This is why my tag-line is ‘Making Places Work for People’.
It is bordering on madness to allow a high quality of life to be incompatable with being economically successful – the most economically successful places must also have the highest quality of life: if they are not it suggests that someone is stealing the benefits from those creating them.