The New7Wonders Organization announced this morning that they are launching New7Wonders Cities.
In its third global voting campaign (already covered are: New7Wonders of the World and Nature) New7Wonders aim to determine the top cities in the world – covering everything from economic, historical, power and touristic klout.
Bernard Weber, Founder and President of New7Wonders, has this to say in the announcement (quoted from New7Wonders blog):
“The world is currently experiencing a mass urbanization. For the first time in history, a majority of the global population now lives in cities. From the great historical cities of Jerusalem, Venice and Kyoto, to the alpha world cities of London, Paris, New York, Mumbai and Shanghai, urban living has enriched human society. Meanwhile, many newer metropolitan areas, from Dubai to Seoul to Cape Town to Sao Paulo, have become magnets for millions of people looking to make their fortunes, and megacities that most of the world is not even aware of are sprouting across Asia and Africa.
Given these dramatic developments, New7Wonders Cities will become a catalyst for discussing everything from urban planning to metropolitan governance, from tourism to architecture.”
So the question is: What city do you favor as one of the new City Wonders of the World?
Well there are obvious choices, like New York City, London and Dubai. And then there are smaller, lesser known cities that have a certain way about them, ones that have maintained certain ways of life for centuries and still possess that ancient spark – like Cuenca.
Earlier this morning I nominated Cuenca. If you would like to see Cuenca included on the nomination list, raise your hand here: Cuenca for New7Wonders Cities. No one is profiting from this. This post isn’t a sponsored shout-out by any tourism association. We just want to share Cuenca with the World.
Cuenca is already listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site. Why not a City Wonder of the World?
On a side note, the voting for the New7Wonders of Nature is still open. Included in the 28 finalists are two from Ecuador: The Galapagos Islands and the Amazon (which Ecuador shares with most of South America).
What do you think? Is Cuenca a good choice for the New7Wonders Cities? What is your choice?