Urban Myth: Why cities don’t compete

If we want better cities, we need to learn how to talk about them. Cities perform. But they do not compete.

Report published on 1 February 2007 by Centre for Cities

When policymakers start talking of cities competitiveness, be sceptical. If they discuss a city’s competitors, be wary. These are warnings of shaky thinking ahead. And this is not just about semantics.