Media Advisory - Livability Rankings - Subjective and Misleading Measurement Tools for Forging Urban Policy

CALGARY, June 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Politicians are big fans of quality-of-life rankings whenever their cities earn a top spot. But why can a city be ranked #3 on one list and #33 on another, within the same year? How is this possible? Thursday, June 4th, in advance of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference, The School of Public Policy will release an eye-opening communiqué by Brian W. Conger that exposes livability rankings for what they are – a subjective hierarchy based on variables that should never be used to influence urban policy and can actually be detrimental to some cities.


Press conference to release communiqué "On Livability, Liveability and the Limited Utility of Quality-of-life".


Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. mountain


The Westin Hotel, Turner Valley room, 10135 100th St., Edmonton, AB


SOURCE The School of Public Policy - University of Calgary

For further information: Reporters desiring an advance and embargoed copy are invited to contact: Media Contact: Morten Paulsen,, 403.399.3377


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