CNN reported: It was already world-famous thanks to its striking red-hued bridge, drool-worthy restaurant scene and booming tech industry — and now San Francisco has been crowned the “world’s best” city, according to Time Out.The international media brand deployed its network of editors from across the world — as well as surveying some 27,000 global city dwellers — to narrow down its list of the best cities on the planet.Each city’s nightlife, restaurants and cultural highlights were considered, as well as the city’s sense of community, which in the wake of Covid-19 is perhaps more important than ever.
Cities’ environmental initiatives were also examined, as well as their commitment to activism, and general friendliness.
Time Out says San Francisco’s “unbeatable combination of progressiveness, acceptance and sustainability” clinched it the top spot.
GK: All of this is true. But my most recent visit to the City revealed much more. The homeless issue is still a dominating scene, particularly in the downtown areas. The neighborhoods, however, seem to be thriving. The retail shopping area of downtown is essentially a ghost town now. But I have loved San Francisco since I was a freshman in high school!
San Francisco was also applauded by Time Out for its response to the pandemic, and for boasting one of the highest vaccination rates in the US.
Even amid strict shutdowns, San Franciscans found ways to support one another, says Time Out, recalling when residents hung sourdough starters from telephone poles for neighbors to pick up.
The Dutch metropolis of Amsterdam, the northern English city of Manchester, the Danish cycling haven of Copenhagen and the cultural hub of New York City round out the top five on Time Out’s list.
Some friends just returned from NYC, now a ghost town. But I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, and the city was bustling, restaurants were open, and retail was about 80% open!
I would vote for Amsterdam first, then Copenhagen. I have not been to Manchester, yet. And I think any island in Hawaii should always be in the top 5. Some new places I am considering Belgrade (Serbia), Helsinki (Finland), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Tallinn (Estonia), Okinawa, Tasmania, Bolivia, and Perth.
Here’s to more travel opportunities in 2022!!!