When the first edition of Cities of Opportunity was developed, we made a decision to rank cities only in their 10 indicator categories and to forego showing overall rankings to avoid the misperception of a contest. That risk seemed especially significant in 2007, when the media cast New York and London in a death match for global capital market kingship.
Light rail has become a key element of the transport networks and future plans for many of our major cities. However, promoters of light rail schemes currently face real difficulties over the affordability and the financing of new systems. In part, this has been due to a perception that some schemes have been expensive follies and have somehow failed.
Appendices for report reviewing available evidence held by the promoters of light rail plans in the UK of the benefits that have been delivered so far and how this has been achieved in the current planning and regulatory frameworks.