Between 2011-2017 (a total of 7 years) Melbourne was voted the most liveable city, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit. (A British business within The Economist Group providing forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis). There are a number of other surveys done accessing liveability but this is the most well known. The annual survey, which considers 30 factors related to safety, health care, educational resources, infrastructure and the environment. In 2018 we lost the first place to Vienna by 0.7%, still making us one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Melbourne is currently the fastest growing city in Australia and is predicted to be its biggest city by 2026. With homeless rising in Victoria by 11% (since 2011), 1 in 4 Australians lonely and issues of affordable housing; liveability is becoming a pressing issue.
At The Intersection we are interested in exploring what makes a city liveable from a social perspective as well as economic one. We are passionate about what it means to be a citizen and how we can create the kind of city that is liveable for all.