Cultural Offerings of World's Cities Compared
In the midst of hosting the 2012 Olympics and being stuck on a zip line, London's colorful mayor Boris Johnson has found the time to launch the World Cities Culture Report 2012.
Berlin, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Mumbai, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo have "come together in an unprecedented global collaboration to examine the character and importance of culture in world cities," according to the report.
It gathers evidence on 60 cultural indicators in each city, assessing both the supply of and demand for culture, and reports on the thinking of cultural policymakers in those places.
Among the 60 indicators: museums, park space, concert halls, theatres, comedy clubs, art galleries, cinemas, bookshops, bookshops, Michelin starred restaurants, nightclubs and even bars.
Here are the "winners," or the city with the highest number of establishments in the given categories.
National museums: Shanghai
Percentage of public green space: Singapore
Public libraries per 100,000 population: Sydney / Tokyo
Cinemas (per million population): Paris
Restaurants per 100,000 population: Tokyo
Michelin-starred restaurants: Tokyo
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Paris
Other historical / heritage sites: Istanbul
Theatrical performances per year: New York
Comedy clubs: New York
Art galleries: Paris
Rare and second-hand bookshops: Johannesburg
Nightclubs, discos and dance halls: São Paulo