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Dadar Shivaji Park the Best area to live in as per livability index

I love the Shivaji Park area, I mean, it has everything going for it. A huge playground, which contains place of worships, a free gymnasium, a park exclusively for the elderly, coffeeshops and some great Maharashtrian fare with Aswad, Gypsy and Prakash a stone throw away.

Now wonder it wins as the best place in Mumbai to live in.

How did Dadar-Shivaji Park, Lower Parel, Andheri and Worli manage to beat Bandra so easily? What does an average Mumbaikar want from his locality? Does housing score over education? How do medical services compare with, say, entertainment facilities?

These questions were answered by a DNA-IMRS survey, which polled 2,300 Mumbaikars in the 18-45 age group. (Also Read: Here’s how we did it).

The sample was asked to rank areas according to a livability index, which involved grading housing, education, entertainment, infrastructure, medical facilities, living conditions and support systems. The highest score possible in the index was 10 and the lowest, 0. (See Decoding the liability index).

If you leave out the Town areas (See Top5 Townlings, in bottom strip), Dadar-Shivaji Park came first in all parameters, except entertainment, an area where Bandra scored the highest. Entertainment facilities included easy and affordable access to good restaurants, malls and shops, good pubs, bars and discotheques, and good gymnasiums and clubs. But even in entertainment facilities, Dadar-Shivaji Park came in second, beating Andheri, Juhu and Khar. In fact, over 85 per cent of the people surveyed felt the area offered good entertainment. (See ‘Top 5 in Entertainment’)

With new-economy businesses like business process outsourcing units, media, and financial services establishing operations in Central Mumbai areas like Lower Parel and Worli, Dadar-Shivaji Park has become the preferred residential location for senior executives. Its win-win mix of good housing (87 per cent Mumbaikars vouched for it) and easy availability of houses on rent (77 per cent of the respondents felt so), combined with an old world neighbourhood and modern outlook has made Dadar-Shivaji Park the city’s new flavour.
– via dna

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