In this interesting infographic listing the 10 most expensive cities in the world to live, you'll notice that American cities are absent. Is this a sign that the U.S. is moving from a culture of conspicuous consumption to conscious consumption? .
Author John Robbins, who you might know as the author of Diet for a New America, recently came out with a book, called The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less, in which he believes we're in the beginning stages of a cultural shift regarding how we measure success, happiness, and fulfillment. (Robbins, an heir to the Baskin Robbins family, lost almost everything in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme.)
Whether, this is the beginning of a cultural shift or not, I'm certainly happy that American cities -- especially New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco (where most of you reading this are probably from) -- are absent from this list.