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Bling and beauty: Dakar's fashion comes of age – photo essay

Photojournalist Finbarr O’Reilly has been covering Dakar fashion week for over a decade. He charts the city’s burgeoning style sceneAlongside its golden beaches, glitzy nightclubs and vibrant music scene, Senegal’s capital, Dakar, is emerging as a key African fashion hub. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Africa, Senegal, Life and style, World news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Dakar, Finbarr O'Reilly

'A three-generation project': riverside development divides Indian city

The next 15 megacities #6: New facilities by the Sabarmati will provide Ahmedabad with much-needed public space, but at what cost?As the sun dips below the horizon, young lovers make themselves more comfortable on benches overlooking the Sabarmati river. Walkers stroll along the concrete promenades, and mothers enjoy a moment of respite under newly planted saplings while their children play in the adjoining gardens.Few Ahmedabad residents could have imagined this scene a couple of decades ago. B...
Tags: India, Environment, World news, Cities, South and Central Asia, Rivers, Ahmedabad, Gujarati city

Bristol council launches bid to save community hub

Council will investigate whether it can afford to buy Hamilton HouseA last-ditch bid to prevent one of Britain’s biggest community hubs from being turned into apartments has been launched amid fears about the threat gentrification poses to the “different and edgy” culture of Bristol.The council agreed on Tuesday to investigate whether it can afford to step in to buy Hamilton House, a community and arts centre whose owners have already evicted hundreds of tenants and community users to convert it...
Tags: Communities, Society, UK News, Cities, Culture, Britain, Charities, Voluntary sector, Bristol, Social enterprises, Gentrification, Council, Hamilton House, Hamilton HouseA

China's Muslims fear crackdown in ancient city of Xi'an

The next 15 megacities #5: Tourist flock to the Xi’an’s ancient Muslim area – but reports from elsewhere in China of crackdowns and re-education camps are setting nerves on edge‘If you enter a camp, you never come out’: inside China’s war on IslamThe streets of Xi’an’s Muslim quarter are bustling. Tourists from all over China and the rest of the world throng the small stalls and restaurants for delicacies such as yangrou paomo lamb stew, roujiamo lamb burgers, persimmon cakes and “smoked ice-cre...
Tags: Silk Road, Asia, China, Religion, World news, Cities, Asia Pacific, Islam, Muslim, Chang, Hui, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province

'You can't be too careful': crackdown fears haunt Xi'an's Muslim quarter

The next 15 megacities #5: Tourist flock to the city’s ancient Muslim area – but reports from elsewhere in China of crackdowns and re-education camps are setting nerves on edge‘If you enter a camp, you never come out’: inside China’s war on IslamThe streets of Xi’an’s Muslim quarter are bustling. Tourists from all over China and the rest of the world throng the small stalls and restaurants for delicacies such as yangrou paomo lamb stew, roujiamo lamb burgers, persimmon cakes and “smoked ice-crea...
Tags: Silk Road, Asia, China, Religion, World news, Cities, Asia Pacific, Islam, Chang, Hui, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province

'A game of patience and persistence': life in São Paulo's internet deserts

More than 50% of people around the world now use the internet but in Brazil’s largest city, the digital haves and have-nots sometimes live just metres apartUniversal internet access unlikely until at least 2050, experts sayFor some people, getting into university is all about the grades. For Luana Nunes, it was about finding a reliable internet connection.Nunes nearly missed out altogether on registering for the all-important high school leaving exam because she did not have web access at home, ...
Tags: Technology, Internet, Americas, Cities, Brazil, Web 2.0, Sao Paulo, Nunes, Luana Nunes

Will Cities Be Ready for 5G?

Journalist Scott Fulton III describes fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, as “a capital improvement project the size of the entire planet.”He’s not wrong. And it’s coming fast. What is 5G? 5G is the latest iteration of cellular technology, engineered to exponentially increase the speed (up to 100 times current levels) and responsiveness of wireless networks. It will also facilitate a massive increase in the amount of data transmitted over these networks.Most importantly for smart cities and commu...
Tags: Startups, New York, News, China, Global, US, San Francisco, Tech, Intel, Austin, Cities, Foxconn, GSMA, 5g, Austin Texas, COLLIER

The Best San Diego Travel Tips From Our Readers

Over 150 Lifehacker readers left tips this week on visiting or living in San Diego. Even locals who don’t like the city chipped in with some good tips. That’s how chill San Diegans are. We’ve featured all the best comments on the Staff tab under the original post, and gathered a few highlights below.Read more...
Tags: Travel, California, Tell US, Cities, San Diego, Lifehacks, Us Travel, San Diegans, Best San Diego Travel

Street art: the mosaic maker who turns potholes into pictures

Jim Bachor beautifies the world’s streets with colourful designs ranging from chickens to Aretha FranklinJim Bachor makes street art – quite literally.For the last few years the 52-year-old has been making art out of the blight on our roads. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Jim Bachor, FranklinJim Bachor

Concrete city: the beauty of Los Angeles' most popular material – in pictures

LA is a city of concrete. From Frank Lloyd Wright’s modernist mansions to Rudolph Schindler’s tilted houses, architects working there have embraced the material. A new map by Blue Crow Media shows some lesser-known structures are just as striking Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, La, Los Angeles, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler, Blue Crow Media

'Like LA with minarets': how concrete and cars came to rule Tehran

The next 15 megacities #3: With nearly 10 million people doing daily battle with some of the world’s highest levels of congestion and air pollution, headscarves should be the least of the authorities’ worries …#2: How an emerging African megacity cut commutes by two hours a dayTehran’s traffic jams have spawned a curious social phenomenon. The affluent car-driving youth of the northern districts have turned gridlock into a way of meeting members of the opposite sex.Known as “dor-dor” (“turn-turn...
Tags: La, Environment, World news, Iran, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Transport policy, Tehran, Farsi

13 winter images of Fjord Norway

M aybe it was the Norwegian winters that bred the Vikings into such adventurers and conquerors. This famously hard-helmeted lot originated in the land of fjords, waterfalls, and glaciers, of snowy mountains and icy waters. The Fjord Norway landscape was their training ground — what other terrain could have made them so notoriously courageous? Much has changed since the Viking Age, but winter in Norway is still the time to Go Viking. Today, this involves exploring UNESCO sites and Christmas mar...
Tags: Travel, Images, Photos, Europe, Winter, Cities, Unesco, Things To Do, Gallery, Norway, Vikings, Northern Europe, All, Trip Planning, Bergen, Ferris

How an emerging African megacity cut commutes by two hours a day

The next 15 megacities #2: Could Dar es Salaam’s experiment with Africa’s first ‘gold standard’ bus rapid transit system offer an alternative to a future dependent on private cars?Dusk falls in Dar es Salaam, and for hundreds of thousands of people in this African megacity-to-be the daily chaos and frustration of the journey home begins.People cram themselves into dalla dalla minibuses, some even climbing through the windows once the entrance is blocked. Others hang out of the doors, but the Kil...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Cities, City transport, Tanzania, Transport policy, Green travel, Dar es Salaam, Megacities, Kilwa Road, Mbagala

Laser technology shines light on South African 'lost city' of Kweneng

Settlement with limited traces was sophisticated and thriving metropolis, lasers revealFrom close up, all that is visible are some broken walls among the scrubby brush, a mound covered by parched grass, a dry river gully.But to Professor Karim Sadr and his team of archaeologists from Johannesburg’s University of Witwatersrand, the ruins at Kweneng tell an extraordinary story of a long-lost city. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Cities, South Africa, Archaeology, Johannesburg, University of Witwatersrand, Kweneng, Karim Sadr

China Cleaned Up Beijing Air First and Now Targets Big Truck Pollution

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment is targeting having 90+ percent diesel trucks capable of meeting emission standards by 2020. China has more than half of the world’s big trucks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Science, Climate Change, China, Environment, World, Cities, Air Pollution, Innovation, Beijing Air First, Ministry of Ecology

Tell Us Your Best San Diego Travel Tips

When someone says “in this movie, the city is like another character,” they usually don’t mean Anchorman. This week Hack Your City goes to San Diego, a city that sure sounds comfortable right now. Look at their average monthly temperatures—my apartment has a more volatile climate. OK, what’s your best advice for…Read more...
Tags: Travel, California, Tell US, Cities, San Diego, Lifehacks, Us Travel, Hack Your City

Baghdad at play: normal life returns to Iraq's capital – in pictures

Guardian photographer Sean Smith captures Iraqis at leisure, from students taking selfies in the park to families on fairground ridesBaghdad at 10 million: fragile dreams of normality as megacity status beckons Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Iraq, World news, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Baghdad, Sean Smith

Baghdad at 10 million: fragile dreams of normality as megacity status beckons

The next 15 megacities #1: Iraq’s capital remains a profoundly damaged place, but the city feels more stable these days – at times even vibrantAfter an exhausting journey through Baghdad’s vast and grimy suburbs, the pastel-coloured blocks of Besmaya Dream City rise up above the rushes just beyond one of the modern gates marking the edge of the city.The orderliness of these dozens of towers – some lived in, some unfinished – is a shock in the otherwise chaotic jumble of low-rise cityscape. The r...
Tags: Housing, Iraq, Society, World news, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Cities and development, Baghdad, Hanwha, Besmaya Dream City

Too little, too late? The battle to save Tripoli's futuristic fairground

Designed by Brazilian modernist Oscar Niemeyer, Lebanon’s international expo site has been abandoned since civil war broke out in the 1970s“It could collapse at any time,” says the architect and activist Wassim Naghi. The facade of the unfinished, subterranean space museum in Tripoli, Lebanon, is visibly decaying and its steel reinforcements are rusted – but that may not be its biggest problem. “The ageing concrete’s carbonation is invisible,” explains Naghi when we meet in his office in the cen...
Tags: World news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Lebanon, Tripoli, Oscar Niemeyer, TRIPOLI Lebanon, Wassim Naghi, Naghi

Turkey's gift of a mosque sparks fears of ‘neo-Ottomanism’ in Kosovo

Pristina badly needs a new mosque – but Turkish attempts to court the young Balkan state with investment and advocacy is making some uneasyIt is six years since Islamic leaders and government officials laid the cornerstone of Pristina’s new central mosque – a slab of stone now hidden beneath weeds in a parking lot.Pulling back the weeds reveals it is covered with bright red graffiti – death threats to Kosovo’s chief mufti, along with the words: “No Turkish mosque or there will be blood.” Continu...
Tags: Europe, Religion, World news, Turkey, Cities, Islam, Kosovo, Balkan, Pristina

How to know if you're living in a 'smart city'

As more people live in cities than ever before, improving them takes on added urgency. In becoming 'smart,' cities often first tackle projects that affect the largest number of people, like transportation and WiFi access. 'Smart' cities are also known for exchanging ideas with other cities. If you want to know what a "smart city" looks like, ask Bob Bennett. As the chief innovation officer for Kansas City, Missouri, Bennett can cite each technological advancement hiding in plain sight around ...
Tags: New York, America, Trends, Cities, United Nations, Finland, Kansas City, Baltimore, Mastercard, Bennett, Melbourne Australia, West Baltimore, Helsinki Finland, DUBLIN Ireland, Jr, University of Maryland College Park

Spite buildings and 50C cities: the most-read urban stories of 2018

From overstretched and overheating cities to an urban paradise that banned cars, here are the best-read cities stories of this yearIn a year of unrelenting political and climactic extremes, some of the best-read Guardian Cities stories looked at overpopulation and its impact on the environment and communities; others explored the reality of living in acute, road-melting heat.We have also heard from underrepresented voices from urban areas ranging from Stoke-on-Trent to Atlanta, and found a truly...
Tags: Environment, Atlanta, World news, Cities, Culture, Urbanisation, Guardian Cities

Green-feathered immigrant surge prompts Greek parakeet count

Fears for native biodiversity as climate ideal for propagationThe raucous squawking comes first. Then they are seen, banking and diving before they crash-land on trees.If Greeks had been told, not long ago, that their skies would become the preserve of ring-necked parakeets, the response would have been one of incredulity. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Animals, Environment, World news, Cities, Birds, Wildlife, Biodiversity

Rail punctuality plunges to 13-year low

One in seven trains in Britain missed industry’s measure of reliability in the past yearTrain punctuality has slumped to a 13-year low after a series of significant issues plagued Britain’s railway in 2018.One in seven trains (14.6%) missed the industry’s public performance measure (PPM) of punctuality in the 12 months to 8 December, according to Office of Rail and Road figures. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, UK News, Cities, Britain, Transport, Rail transport, Commuting, Office of Rail, Rail industry

'There's no major city like it': Toronto's unique ravine system under threat

Without urgent action against environmental degradation, the forest ravines covering 20% of the city could be reduced to sterile valleys within decadesIt can be difficult to keep up with Lawrence Warriner while walking; running, it’s next to impossible. Many of the trails that weave through the ravines near his house in Toronto are well groomed, but for Warriner – a decorated trail runner and coach – the more exciting ones are off the beaten path, tracks only faintly visible to the eye.He has co...
Tags: Environment, Americas, Toronto, World news, Cities, Canada, Plants, Parks and Green Spaces, Warriner, Lawrence Warriner

Boring Tunnels Will Be 100 Times Cheaper and Paid For With Bricks from Tunnel Dirt

The third generation Boring Tunneling machine will start construction next year and it should be 15 times faster than existing tunneling machines. The first generation machine made the first Hawthorn... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Transportation, Technology, Traffic, World, Cities, Innovation, Public Transportation, Building, Hawthorn

The Best Kansas City Travel Tips From Our Readers

Kansas City sounds like a lot of fun, and now I’m hungry and I really want a drink from the TikiCat tiki bar. I was expecting some good responses to this week’s Hack Your City, but not 80 comments, many of them listing dozens of good places to go, and what to order there. After you look at the highlights below, read…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Tell US, Cities, Lifehacks, Kansas City, Us Travel, Hack Your City, Best Kansas City Travel

From autobahn anomaly to motorway marvel: Berlin's roadside grandstands

An ambitious and unusual renovation project plans to transform former racetrack grandstands overlooking a motorway by 2021Hamid Djadda is leaning out over the handrail on the stepped concrete grandstands of what was once one of the most famous raceways in Germany.Opened in 1921, it was a marvel of the burgeoning automotive age: two long straights, capped by a hairpin turn and a wide arc just before the finish line. On race days, up to 4,000 people watched daring racing car drivers pilot the late...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Berlin, Cities, Motor sport

Boring Tunnel Will Be 2.5 to 7.5 Times Faster Than LA Commuter Traffic

The Boring Tunnel will provide transportation at 150 miles per hour. This is about triple the speed of commuter traffic on Los Angeles Highways. The average weekday traffic on 18 different freeways... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Los Angeles, World, Cities, Innovation, Tunnel, Boring Company, LA Commuter Traffic

The dark history of Santa's city: how Rovaniemi rose from the ashes

After the Finnish city was razed to the ground by the German army in the second world war, architect Alvar Aalto rebuilt it to a reindeer-shaped street grid. Then Santa came to town …As soon as you land at Rovaniemi airport in Lapland you see a reindeer. Not a real one, admittedly, but somebody in a Rudolf suit cheerily greeting passengers who have just arrived. A couple of miles from “Santa’s official airport” lies Santa Claus Village, an amusement park complete with elves, real reindeers, husk...
Tags: Europe, Christmas, Life and style, World news, History, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Second world war, Finland, Lapland, Santa, Rovaniemi, Rudolf, Alvar Aalto