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Boris Johnson’s culture report numerically compares cultures of 12 global cities

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Is it possible to capture the culture of a city by counting how many museums, bookshops, and comedy clubs it has? Perhaps culture is under-researched because it is something that is better felt than counted.

— Samantha Shankman

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.

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