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'There is life outside of London': converts to Leeds sing its praises

Art, culture, nature and property prices are tempting people away from the capitalIn the past five years the number of Londoners moving up to Leeds has risen by 58%, from 2,720 in 2013 to 4,296 in 2018. Home to several universities and a cosmopolitan population, Leeds boasts a flourishing cultural scene, quality nightlife and large-scale regeneration that has transformed the West Yorkshire city in recent years.Beyond the Victorian architecture of the city centre, there are leafy suburbs of Victo...
Tags: Family, London, Money, Environment, Life and style, Communities, Society, UK News, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Property, West Yorkshire, Sustainable Development, Leeds


Amsterdam looks to bar foreign visitors from buying cannabis

Mayor cites survey of tourists in Singel area as she looks to clean up overcrowded red-light districtThe mayor of Amsterdam has sought to win political backing for her cleanup of the overcrowded red-light district by revealing that a third of foreign tourists would be less likely to visit the city again if they were barred from buying cannabis in the coffee shops.Femke Halsema, who is understood to want to reduce the number of outlets selling cannabis, attached the survey results to a letter to ...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Society, World news, Cannabis, Cities, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, Singel


How America's shrinking cities can 'rightsize'

At least 80 US cities are shrinking in population but some have found strategies to still improve the quality of life for those who stayed A community never wants to be known as a “shrinking city” these days, no matter what the numbers say about how many people have moved away and how many old factories or homes are vacant, weeds and trash having taken over properties that once marked important industrial centers.Although most US cities in that predicament have gone to great lengths to avoid adm...
Tags: US, America, World news, US news, Cities, Urbanisation


China's ghost cities: fear of coronavirus leaves streets deserted

Residents say they are trapped in their own homes as the country grapples with the expanding outbreakConstruction workers are putting together the final touches on the Changying coronavirus isolation ward in Beijing, drilling holes in a brick wall for a heavy gate and setting up CCTV cameras trained on each of the units – small rectangular rooms with a bathroom and a window. It took a week to build the facility for at least 40 people, workers said.It is a hive of activity compared with the neigh...
Tags: China, World news, Cities, Medical Research, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak


Teranga – the migrant-run Afrobeat nightclub uniting Naples – video

Fata and Yankuba are two young Gambians with ambitious dreams, who fled dictatorship and poverty and landed in Naples, only to discover a new kind of violence: a pernicious climate of racism and an unhelpful immigration system. Their only escape from the psychological torture of years spent waiting for documents in squalid camps is a small underground club in the heart of the city. The Teranga nightclub provides a rare safe space for migrants to meet young Italians while dancing and singing away...
Tags: Europe, Music, Africa, Cities, Culture, Migration, Italy, Naples, FATA, Teranga, Yankuba


Futurist Peter Diamandis Talks Mega Cities, Space Travel and the Next Big Migrations

Peter Diamandis, futurist, entrepreneur and co-author of The Future is Faster Than You Think, discusses some of the future migrations that will drive innovation, including space travel, the virtual world and connecting humans directly to the cloud.
Tags: Future, Cities, Radio, Fast Company, Peter Diamandis, General Interest


Cars Banned From San Francisco’s Busiest Street

In an effort to ease congestion, improve conditions for cyclists, and make way for publicly funded restorations of sidewalks, transit lines and streets, San Francisco officially banned the presence of cars (except some official vehicles) on the city’s busiest thoroughfare: Market Street. Following similar legislation passed in cities including Paris, Madrid and NYC, San Francisco formulated a $600 million plan to revitalize its current systems …
Tags: Design, Safety, Cars, San Francisco, Traffic, Cities, Culture, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Public Safety, SF, Linkaboutit, NYC San Francisco, City Planning, Paris Madrid, Car Bans


This Stanford-educated startup founder stands by his choice to leave Silicon Valley to start his company in Brazil: 'There was more impact to be made here.'

Ingresse CEO Gabriel Benarrós took a well-travelled tech founder route when he dropped out of Stanford University to start his company in 2013.   But Benarrós chose to leave the global hub of tech innovation to establish Ingresse back home in Brazil.  To the young tech executive, the perks of founding a company in Brazil go beyond simply returning home: there are more opportunities to disrupt longtime establishments and institutions than in Silicon Valley.  Benarrós's departure is part of a gr...
Tags: Facebook, California, Stanford, China, India, US, San Francisco, Trends, Paypal, Austin, Cities, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Latin America, Stanford University, Movile


Statistics watchdog criticises UK rail passenger survey

Office for Statistics Regulation says twice-yearly poll does not reflect passengers’ experience • Northern rail to be renationalised – and some Beeching closures reversedA national survey of rail passengers that has guided UK decisions on rail franchising for two decades has been condemned in a highly critical report by the statistics regulator.The Office for Statistics Regulation said that the national rail passenger survey (NRPS) was not yet fit to be designated as an official national statist...
Tags: Business, UK, UK News, Regulators, Cities, Transport, Rail transport, Commuting, Rail industry, Office for Statistics Regulation


These are the best cities for work-life balance

Finding room for "me time" during a stressful work week is no simple task. But in some places it's easier than others, according to a recent study.Security company Kisi surveyed 40 cities around the world to discover where residents have the best work-life balance, scoring based on employment factors, such as average commute times, working hours and holiday leave, along with wellbeing and civic rights. 1. Helsinki, FinlandHelsinki residents enjoy the world's best work-life balance, with a compa...
Tags: Travel, Work, Europe, Family, France, Germany, Berlin, Barcelona, Society, Cities, Hungary, Munich, United States, Paris, Innovation, Vancouver


Las Vegas' slogan will no longer be "What happens here, stays here"

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is changing the city's official slogan from "What happens here, stays here." As we all know, nothing that happens actually stays in Vegas anyway because it all ends up on Instagram with that slogan as the caption. In any case, the new slogan, several years in development but not yet officially announced, is: "What happens here, only happens here." From ABC News: The new tourism slogan is expected to be officially unveiled in a 60-second ad duri...
Tags: Post, News, Instagram, Marketing, Cities, Sin, Las Vegas, Abc News, Vegas, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, R R Partners, Vassiliadis, Billy Vassiliadis, Lost Wages, Vegas Baby Vegas


'The streets are more alive': Ghent readers on a car-free city centre

We asked locals in the Belgian city to tell us how things have changed since the shake-upThe city has become a pedestrians and cyclists’ joy, especially for people like me who live in the city centre and have no car. As I type, they are busy turning our street into a low-traffic, communal woonerf or ‘living street’. It has become easier and safer to navigate the town on foot or by bike. Having recently returned from the Middle East the changes are even more striking, especially when it comes to ...
Tags: Europe, Environment, World news, Cities, Middle East, Belgium, Ghent, Khaled Diab


How a Belgian port city inspired Birmingham's car-free ambitions

Ghent’s transformation produced shorter journeys, cleaner air and a cycling explosion Birmingham – once, proudly, the UK’s “motorway city” – has announced plans to entice people out of cars and on to bikes and buses. If officials get their way, the city will be split into zones, and, rather than driving direct, motorists will have to use the ring road for all zone-to-zone journeys.Those travelling by foot and bicycle in the new Brum won’t be inconvenienced: their journeys will be simple and – wi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Environment, UK News, World news, Cities, Transport, Belgium, City transport, Birmingham, Ghent, Brum


Which of the Seven Cities in Scotland is Best?

Did you know there are only seven cities in Scotland? The country has barely 5 million people and if it were a State, it would be 41st in size. Even though Scotland has fewer people than New York City, there are dozens of towns and hundreds of villages across the country. But in order to be considered a city in Scotland, the settlement must receive a royal charter. To date, only seven have...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Inspiration For Your Next Micro TripHow To Savor W...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, New York City, Cities, Facts, Europe Travel, City Or Urban Travel


Preserving the Scents of Everyday Life

Researchers at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage are working double-time to identify and catalog scents that exist all around us—from the smell of an old book, to a pub at a particular time of night, and worn-in leather. Many of these are disappearing right under our noses. For example, as we collectively move deeper into a digital age, books are being read on phones …
Tags: Design, History, Cities, Culture, Unesco, Linkaboutit, Fragrances, Scents, Smells, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Heritage Listings


Amsterdam's Green mayor looks to reform red-light district

As an MP, Femke Halsema helped make prostitution legal in the Netherlands. So why does she now want to overhaul an area where sex workers famously ply their trade? The local football team, Ajax, had just won the championship, and as is traditional, the mayor of Amsterdam expected some abuse at the victory parade. “It is a Dutch tradition – it is usually just screaming and throwing cans of beer,”said Femke Halsema, the first woman to take the highest office in the Dutch capital.Halsema, 53, a for...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, Drugs, Prostitution, Society, World news, Ajax, Green, Cities, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Human Trafficking, Drugs policy, Sex trade, City Mayors


The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones

High-tech smart cities promise efficiency by monitoring everything from bins to bridges. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?Guardian Cities is concluding with ‘The case for ...”, a series of opinion pieces exploring options for radical urban change. Read our editor’s farewell hereEver since smartphones hooked us with their limitless possibilities and dopamine hits, mayors and city bureaucrats can’t get enough of the notion of smart-washing their cities. It ma...
Tags: Google, Technology, Environment, US, Toronto, Cities, Architecture, Smart Cities, Sidewalk Labs, Roger McNamee


'My Parkdale is gone': how gentrification reached the one place that seemed immune

Long an outlier in Toronto’s feverish property wars, Parkdale’s deep-seated problems were being turned around by its Tibetan community – but then the huge global real estate firms rolled inBy now, Michael Nguyen expects them: every month or so, someone representing one international real estate investment firm or another crosses the threshold of the Parkdale Intercultural Centre, a non-profit immigrant settlement agency he runs on a busy stretch of Toronto’s Queen Street West.“It’s the same ever...
Tags: Housing, Americas, Toronto, Communities, Society, Cities, Canada, Gentrification, Michael Nguyen, Nguyen, Parkdale Intercultural Centre


Disabled people brew up a storm in Osaka's former slum

Award-winning brewery start-up helps ex-addicts and other ‘unemployables’ change gear Building a brewery in an area once notorious for alcohol-fuelled riots may not seem like the most sensible idea. But Derailleur Brew Works, a craft brewery in the Japanese city of Osaka, is helping transform this unfashionable district with the help of men and women who once thought they were unemployable.The brewery grew out of Cyclo, a nursing-care provider based in Nishinari, a deprived ward of Osaka long as...
Tags: Food, Japan, Society, World news, Beer, Disability, Cities, Asia Pacific, Japanese food and drink, Osaka, Nishinari


Toyota’s City of the Future at the Base of Mount Fuji

Announced at CES 2020, Toyota has an ambitious plan for a newly redeveloped 175-acre site at the foot of Japan’s Mount Fuji. Ground will officially break next year on Woven City, a Bjarke Ingels Group-designed prototype town meant for piloting mobility services, in-home and public technologies, and connected innovations. Autonomous vehicles will be the only cars allowed in this pedestrian-centric city. Green space will takes …
Tags: Japan, Design, Tech, Ces, Cities, Architecture, Smart Technology, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Green Spaces, Linkaboutit, Bjarke Ingels Group, Autonomous Driving, Mount Fuji, City Planning, CES 2020


Train in vain: South African rail passengers left stranded for a day

Railway operator apologises for delay of more than 24 hours to Johannesburg-Cape Town trainSouth Africa’s state-owned rail operator has apologised after passengers were left stranded for more than a day on a train from Johannesburg to Cape Town.Shosholoza Meyl said the train, which departed on Sunday, was scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on Monday evening. It is now expected to arrive late on Tuesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Cities, South Africa, Cape Town, Rail transport, Johannesburg, Johannesburg Cape Town trainSouth Africa, Cape Town Shosholoza Meyl


Y2K20 Parking Meter Software Glitch Causes Global SNAFU (slashdot)

New submitter grunby shares a report from Gothamist: The NYC Department of Transportation said in a statement that parking meters are not currently accepting credit card payments and pre-paid parking cards. "The outage was caused by a configuration error in the credit-card payment software used by Parkeon, a vendor for automated parking systems around the world," the DOT wrote. "The software in the model of Parkeon meter used in New York City had established an end date of January 1, 2020 -- and...
Tags: News, Australia, New York City, Cities, Dot, Ny Times, NYC Department of Transportation, BeauHD, Parkeon


Y2K20 Parking Meter Software Glitch Causes Global SNAFU

New submitter grunby shares a report from Gothamist: The NYC Department of Transportation said in a statement that parking meters are not currently accepting credit card payments and pre-paid parking cards. "The outage was caused by a configuration error in the credit-card payment software used by Parkeon, a vendor for automated parking systems around the world," the DOT wrote. "The software in the model of Parkeon meter used in New York City had established an end date of January 1, 2020 -- and...
Tags: Australia, New York City, Tech, Cities, Dot, Ny Times, NYC Department of Transportation, Parkeon


'Bring our people home': the bold new plan for an Indigenous-led district in Canada

The Senakw development aims to ease the city’s chronic housing crisis – and to challenge the mindset that indigeneity and urbanity are incompatibleThe scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.This is not any old swath of underused space, however. It’s one of Canada’s smallest First Na...
Tags: Housing, Americas, Communities, Society, World news, Cities, Architecture, First Nations, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Vancouver, Squamish, Burrard Street Bridge


'The salt they pump back in kills everything': is the cost of Chile's fresh water too high?

Antofagasta, situated on the edge of the Atacama Desert, relies on a vast desalination plant which provides the city with drinking water – but the waste brine is killing wildlife, say fishermenAs Eduardo Muñoz drifts his ageing skiff into Antofagasta’s harbour, flecks of paint peeling from its prow, he looks disconsolate.“I used to get twice as many clams from every dive,” he mutters bitterly, hauling two large sacks of shellfish on to the dock and ruffling the salt from his hair. Continue readi...
Tags: Environment, Americas, Water, World news, Antofagasta, Cities, Chile, Atacama Desert, Eduardo Munoz


India primed: what Amazon's vast new Hyderabad campus reveals about its plans

Amazon have arrived in force in rapidly expanding Hyderabad, with designs on the currently almost non-existent Indian e-commence marketThe futuristic lobby of the new Amazon building in Hyderabad feels as though it should have a permanent orchestra blasting out Also Sprach Zarathustra. The scale is intended to awe. A large slogan on a wall suggests the company is “Delivering smiles”. The only sound that rises above the hush is a synthesised beep, coming from a giant screen playing a video of the...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Internet, India, US, World news, E-commerce, Cities, South and Central Asia, Hyderabad, Indian city


'A blessed initiative': secular Israel rejoices over Sabbath buses

Minibuses that run on Friday evenings and Saturdays buck state’s religious restrictions Tel Aviv is one of Israel’s most dynamic cities, but the latest local craze could appear fairly humdrum to outsiders – a bus service that runs at weekends.Packed 19-seat minibuses fill up fast with passengers, who excitedly gossip about the new routes. People patiently queue at bus stops, knowing they might have to wait for two or three buses to pass before there is a space. Still, they are upbeat. “It’s a pl...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Tel Aviv, World news, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Judaism, Road transport, Ben Uzan


From kiosks to concrete jungle: why urban growth isn't always good – a cartoon

Addis Ababa-based artist Yemsrach Yetneberk on how the radical spread of the Ethiopian capital is changing neighbourhoods Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Cities, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Ethiopia, Gentrification, Addis Ababa, Yemsrach Yetneberk


Italy creates Europe's first plastic-free ski resort

Pejo 3000 in Trentino cuts use after discovering nearby glacier contained microplastics An Italian ski resort is endeavouring to become the first in Europe to ban plastic after discovering that a nearby glacier contained a significant amount of microplastics.The use of plastic bottles, bags, cutlery, plates, straws, cups and condiment sachets was banned when the slopes opened at Pejo 3000, a small resort in Val di Sole, Trentino, in early December, and other measures will be enacted over the sea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Environment, Society, World news, Cities, Pollution, Conservation, Ethical and green living, Italy, Recycling, Sustainable Development, Waste, Ski Resorts, Europe Holidays, Alps Holidays


From rubbish to rice: the cafe that gives food in exchange for plastic

The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the country’s plastic waste problem – and their novel idea is catching onOn bad days, when his employer made some excuse for not paying him his paltry daily wage, Ram Yadav’s main meal used to be dry chapatis, with salt and raw onion for flavour. Sometimes he just went hungry. For a ragpicker like him, one of the thousands of Indians who make a living bringing in plastic waste for recycling, eating in a cafe or restaurant was the stuff o...
Tags: India, Environment, World news, Cities, South and Central Asia, Ethical and green living, Recycling, Chhattisgarh, Waste, Plastic bags, Plastics, Yadav, Ambikapur India, Ram Yadav, Garbage Cafe, Ambikapur