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Old 12-04-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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This year’s ranking separately identifies the cities with the best infrastructure based on electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports. Singapore is at the top of this index, followed by Frankfurt and Munich in second place. Copenhagen (4) and Dusseldorf (5) fill the next two slots, while Hong Kong and London share sixth place. Port-au-Prince (221) ranks at the bottom of the list.

The highest-ranking US cities on the city infrastructure list are Atlanta (13), Dallas (15), Washington, DC (22) and Chicago (28).
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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I wonder if this based on Atlanta proper, ie. City of Atlanta, or metro region. It doesn't seem that Atlanta would warrant this sort of ranking but am curious to the understand their metholodogy. This study/ranking likely has more substance to it then Forbes, others as Mercer is a good shop.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:32 AM
 
Location: ATL
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I been saying this for years
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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I feel like the airport / international flights set us apart. I am not sure we stand out in any way with regards to electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services. And while Atlanta is sufficient, I think other cities do public transportation and traffic congestion better. Maybe they based these on miles traveled per unit of time type of metric that would not favor denser cities as much.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:01 AM
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We don't get freeze/thaw cycles every year. That helps with quality of roads. Not sure if they used that as a criteria.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Georgia has great freeway road-quality. The roads are very smooth and well maintained, even the metro-area freeways here are in good condition compared to other southern states; Alabama and Mississippi, and northern states that do deal with freeze-thaw cycle and salt on the roads.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Jawjah
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Atlanta has great fiber optic networks, but they can't be serious about public transportation and water supply..I mean come on..
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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It was Atlanta's infrastructure (particularly transport and technology) that largely won us the Olympics 20 years (!!!!) ago. For many years now, it has remained one of the most modern cities in the world in that regard. While the region certainly has not kept pace with with record growth, there's still much to be proud of. Travel to any other big cities in the nation and you can easily see that on something like freeway quality alone, Atlanta is head and shoulders above most (traffic notwithstanding).
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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It was Atlanta's infrastructure (particularly transport and technology) that largely won us the Olympics 20 years (!!!!) ago. For many years now, it has remained one of the most modern cities in the world in that regard. While the region certainly has not kept pace with with record growth, there's still much to be proud of. Travel to any other big cities in the nation and you can easily see that on something like freeway quality alone, Atlanta is head and shoulders above most (traffic notwithstanding).
No kidding. You guys driven in Boston, San Fran or NYC lately? I've not driven in Baghdad, but it cannot be that much worse than those three places (which I extremely like, by the way).
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,GA
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Atlanta has great fiber optic networks, but they can't be serious about public transportation and water supply..I mean come on..
Atlanta public transportation has got to be the best in the south. It can stand to improve, but so far, I have yet to see any other big city in the area top it.

And when was the last time you opened the tap to find no water?

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No kidding. You guys driven in Boston, San Fran or NYC lately? I've not driven in Baghdad, but it cannot be that much worse than those three places (which I extremely like, by the way).

Agreed. For someone that has lived in NYC, Brussels, Central & South Florida, and countless other places), I give Atlanta its due credits where it deserves them. As stated above, Atlanta can stand to improve in certain aspects (like light rail in the suburbs, connecting to Atlanta...wishful thinking ), but it's still light years ahead of many cities in the South (in terms of public transportation) and North (in terms of major highways/roadways). It's not perfect, but beats many places in both areas.
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