According to national geographic travelerSaturday, August 30, 2014
Buenos Aires ranks as 29th ‘smartest city’
Buenos Aires has been ranked 28th in a National Geographic Traveler list of the “World’s Smartest Cities,” with public wi-fi, bike-sharing programmes and the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore earning laurels for the city.
The bookstore, located in a renovated theatre, reportedly receives a million visitors a year. Missing from the list are the city’s modern and classical art museums and the Tecnópoils science fair.
According to the magazine, smart cities are “well-connected locally and internationally, have a sustainable lifestyle, and are places where people come first.”
As such, perhaps it is no surprise that first place goes to San Francisco, hotbed of technical innovation and powerhouses of the high-flying information industry. Paris, France ranks second and Mumbai, India takes the final spot on the podium.
Lima takes earned the best ranking for Latin America on the back of its African, European, Asian and criollo culinary influences. Peruvian food, and its eclectic mix of styles, has made waves not only in Buenos Aires but globally, earning its home a special spot.
Right behind Buenos Aires is Bogotá, ranked 29th by the magazine for its claim to be a centre of Latin American art activity for its “galleries, exhibitions, and art schools show off their goods, especially in October during the annual ArtBO festival.”
Rio de Janeiro is also given recognition ahead of the 2015 launch of the science and technology-based Museum of Tomorrow and the currently open Cidades des Artes, home to music and film
Herald staff with Télam