Imagine the world’s greatest cities arranged within a dart board. Occupying the bullseye are what leading global cities expert, Professor Greg Clark, calls the Big Seven: London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.
In the next ring you have the contenders. Among them is Sydney, a striving metropolis which stands proudly alongside San Francisco, Amsterdam, Toronto, Madrid, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Beijing and Shanghai.
It’s rarefied air to share and quite an achievement when you consider the likes of Berlin, Miami, Barcelona and Moscow remain on the outside looking in.
But is that good enough?