San Francisco has been crowned the world’s best city by entertainment guide “Time Out” on its annual list.
“Time Out” used a panel of its own experts, then polled 27,000 global city dwellers about food, drink, culture, social life and sustainability. The end result? A top 10 list for the best cities on the planet.
“Living in a city during a pandemic seems kind of pointless,” the international media brand wrote. “Except, this past year, somehow, it hasn’t actually felt that claustrophobic. In cities worldwide, people have pulled together. And what came out of the doom? A whole load of positive stories and amazing ideas that could define the future of urban life.”
Aiding San Francisco’s ascension to the top was its progressive politics, community initiatives and readily available marijuana. “Time Out” cited the city’s “unbeatable combination of progressiveness, acceptance and sustainability.”
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Second place went to Amsterdam, largely as a result of its approach to sustainability. Coming in third was Manchester, which was bolstered by its nightlife and openness.
New York, the No. 1 city in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, slipped to No. 5, and “Time Out” noted that this year’s list is a reflection of cities that showcased the best adaptability to COVID-19.