Here is another way to think about cities: http://www.urbanobservatory.org
It helps to understand what makes up a city and comparing those underpinnings to other cities gives new insight.
Richard Saul Wurman, Radical Media, and Esri bring you the Urban Observatory—a live museum with a data pulse. You'll have access to rich datasets for cities around the world that let you simultaneously view answers to the most important questions impacting today's global cities—and you. Compare and contrast visualized information for a greater understanding of life in the 21st century.