Adjectives used by outsiders to describe Boston are often not very complimentary: cold, parochial, academic, unattractive. (And, yes, they mean the people).
So it's worth giving some credit to a new report commissioned by Citigroup that found that of 120 of the world's major cities, Boston ranks 10th in overall competitiveness. Yes, 10th in the world. The research report by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that, when ranked on 31 indicators including "economic strength, human capital, institutional effectiveness, global appeal and... social and cutural character," we were even ahead of Singapore, which came in 15th.
The report is substantive and thorough. And it highlights how governments can make cities more attractive to investors and foreigners. We can still attract capital, talent, and tourists — even if others may find us unattractive.