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London moves up markedly but New York shows continued strength
London advances four spots from last year to a virtual lock with New York at the top and finishes first in city gateway, a new category that measures international connectivity. New York performs well across the board but wins no individual category, showing diverse strengths. Paris rises four spots to number four this year, coming in first in demographics and livability and narrowly second to London in city gateway, showing that despite the eurozone’s continuing economic instability, The long-term investment that builds a great urban center also lends resilience to weather the storms. Overall, relative bands of performance remain similar to 2011.