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Quiz: Can you guess the city from the vintage travel poster?

Think you know Chicago from San Tropez? It’s harder than it looks Which city is this?ChicagoSan TropezMalagaGold CoastWhich city is this?MilanBarcelonaCoventryCologneWhich city is this?IstanbulCairoManchesterMarrakechWhich city is this?GenoaAthensHong KongPalermoWhich city is this?VeniceAtlantic CityBlackpoolNiceWhich city is this?TurinTallinnTehranToledoWhich city is this?BrusselsKolkataBirminghamDetroitWhich city is this?TurinTriesteBerlinSt PetersburgWhich city is this?CopenhagenAmsterdamStoc...
Tags: Cities, World news, Travel


The town that outlawed sprawl

Onagawa was already in decline when it was obliterated in 2011 by the Tohoku tsunami. Can it both rebuild and rejuvenate itself?On the shore of eastern Japan a wrecked police station lies on its side, ripped from the ground by the tsunami that devastated the country in 2011.“We are going to keep that building as a reminder of the disaster,” says Yoshinori Taura, assistant director of the town of Onagawa’s recovery promotion division. “To make sure the memories are passed to the next generation.”...
Tags: Japan, Cities, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Earthquakes, Japan disaster, Tsunamis, Tohoku, ONAGAWA, Yoshinori Taura


'We want a new vibe': the Japanese town that outlawed sprawl

Onagawa was already in decline when it was obliterated in 2011 by the Tohoku tsunami. Can it both rebuild and rejuvenate itself?On the shore of eastern Japan a wrecked police station lies on its side, ripped from the ground by the tsunami that devastated the country in 2011.“We are going to keep that building as a reminder of the disaster,” says Yoshinori Taura, assistant director of the town of Onagawa’s recovery promotion division. “To make sure the memories are passed to the next generation.”...
Tags: Japan, Cities, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Earthquakes, Japan disaster, Tsunamis, Tohoku, ONAGAWA, Yoshinori Taura


'It's an absurd profession': the world's most infamous bouncers tell all

They have a fearsome reputation for excluding eager clubbers – but as a documentary about Berlin’s doormen is released, three of them explain why their policies are ‘all about tolerance’The door policies for Berlin’s nightclubs are some of the most talked about in the world. Online forums detail appropriate clothing, what to say and how to act in line in order to get in. In the German capital, bouncers don’t just play the role of security, but also curator, sussing out who can handle the extreme...
Tags: Europe, Music, Film, Germany, Berlin, World news, Cities, Culture, Dance music, Electronic Music, Gentrification, Clubbing, Documentary films, David Dietl


‘It’s not just a wolf whistle’: how catcalls became anti-harassment street art

With teenage girls a particular target of street harassment, Farah Benis is on a mission to document incidents and raise awarenessCatcallsofLdn is an Instagram account that raises awareness about street harassment using chalk art. Inspired by and working with @catcallsofnyc, founder Farah Benis collects submissions from the public then chalks them onto the pavement in the place where they happened. The hope is that chalking, documenting and sharing images of the words will help to raise awarenes...
Tags: Children, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Cities, Sexual Harassment, Farah Benis


Amazon faces new headache as Nashville deal enrages locals left and right

Unlikely alliance of free-market libertarians and union-backed activists argue $100m-plus in subsidies handed to retailer are a bad investment for the cityNashville has a way of bringing people together – usually through music. This time it’s through a shared antipathy for the $100m-plus in subsidies this booming city has just handed to Amazon, the world’s most valuable retailer.The ink has barely dried on a deal that the state of Tennessee and the city awarded Amazon and there are now only a fe...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, US news, Cities, Tennessee, Nashville, Nashville Yards Continue


The scale of ambition: China's changing landscape – in pictures

Photographer Zhang Kechun travelled across China to document how urbanisation is reshaping the country’s natural landscapes. The often dreamlike images of his series Between the Mountains and Water depict tiny figures dwarfed by the immense scale of China’s economic development Continue reading...
Tags: China, World news, Cities, Asia Pacific, Zhang Kechun


Nuclear wasteland: inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone – in pictures

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are reclaimed by nature Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Art, Europe, Books, Photography, Environment, World news, Ukraine, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Nuclear Power, Chernobyl, Urban Exploration, Pripyat, David McMillan


Filling a gap: the clandestine gang fixing Rome illegally

As Italy’s capital falls apart, a secret organisation is doing the repairs the authorities won’tIt is 6am on a Sunday and the streets of the Ostiense neighbourhood in southern Rome are empty. The metro has just opened and nearby cafes still await their first customers.Seven men and women are working hard, their faces obscured by scarves and hoodies as they unload bags of cement and sand from a car near the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Society, Rome, Cities, Infrastructure, Italy, Ostiense, St Paul Outside the Walls Continue


Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco

It is a billionaires’ playground where haircuts cost $800 and high-rise duplexes go for $32m. So why do the angular towers of Hudson Yards look so cheap?‘One thing that’s always been true in New York,” says Dan Doctoroff, “is that if you build it, they will come.” He is referring to Hudson Yards, the $25bn, 28-acre, mega-project that he had a critical hand in originating while he was deputy mayor of the city under Michael Bloomberg in the early 2000s. He can now look down on his co-creation ever...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, New York, Design, World news, Retail industry, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Planning policy, Manhattan, US economy, Rich lists, Urbanisation


AA sounds safety warning over smart motorways

Removal of hard shoulder on hundreds of miles of road could endanger drivers, it saysThe AA has expressed safety concerns about a plan to remove the hard shoulder from hundreds of miles of motorway over the next six years.A network of so-called smart motorways will be without the traditional emergency lane, while emergency laybys will be closer together. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Technology, UK News, World news, Cities, Transport, Road Safety, Motoring, Road transport, Transport policy, Smart Cities


Demolition derby: the human cost of Addis Ababa's rapid growth

Residents of the Ethiopian capital’s historic Piassa neighbourhood have just had their homes bulldozed a second time“I used to have a small grocery shop right here,” said Selhadin Sulman, spreading his arms wide as he remembered the 25 sq m kebele building that was his home until the police arrived in 2014 and started dismantling it as he slept. He was woken by his neighbours screaming and pleading with them to stop.Sulman had lived in Wube Berha, part of Addis Ababa’s Piassa historic district, ...
Tags: Africa, Cities, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Piassa, Selhadin Sulman, Sulman, Wube Berha


Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s AmericaWhen Donald Trump opened the towering Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in March 1990, he declared it “the eighth wonder of the world” and joined in the celebrations at a launch ceremony filled with portly actors dressed as genies brandishing tacky golden lamps. Even though it was purcha...
Tags: Art, Books, Business, Photography, Gambling, Economics, Communities, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Social exclusion, New Jersey


Skyscrapers are killing up to 1bn birds a year in US, scientists estimate

New report ranks deadliest cities for feathered travelers, who often collide with glass-covered or illuminated buildingsScientists estimate that at least 100 million and maybe as many as a billion birds die each year in the US when they collide with buildings, especially glass-covered or illuminated skyscrapers. And, in a new report, conservationists now have a better idea which American cities are the deadliest for those on the wing.Chicago, with its many glass superstructures that spike into w...
Tags: Animals, Environment, US, US news, Chicago, Cities, Birds, Architecture, Wildlife, Conservation, Windy City


The upside down: inside Manhattan’s Lowline subterranean park

In two years’ time, the Lower East Side will be home to the world’s first underground ‘green’ space – the LowlineTo get a glimpse of what will eventually become the Lowline, a subterranean Eden being billed as the world’s first underground park, you have to swipe your MetroCard at the Lower East Side’s Delancey Street station, go down one flight of stairs, go down another, slither through a few characteristically congested subway corridors, and then up another flight, to the J train platform.Her...
Tags: New York, Design, Life and style, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Manhattan, Lower East Side, Parks and Green Spaces, Williamsburg Bridge, Lower East Side 's Delancey Street


Turkish Airlines is switching to a new Istanbul airport – all in 45 hours

In Erdoğan’s latest high-stakes megaproject, 10,000 pieces of equipment will be relocated in a single weekend“This is not just an airport. It’s a monument to victory,” is how posters around the terminal describe Istanbul’s colossal new airport.That remains to be seen. After starting on Friday, Turkish Airlines will have a 45-hour window to complete one of the most complex logistical projects in history, as it switches its entire operation to the new Istanbul airport from its existing hub at Atat...
Tags: Europe, World news, Turkey, Cities, Air transport, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Turkish Airlines, Ataturk


Turkish Airlines switching to new airport – all in 45 hours

Critics say the latest of President Erdogan’s ‘crazy projects’ might be the craziest and most dangerous of them all“This is not just an airport. It’s a monument to victory,” is how posters around the terminal describe Istanbul’s colossal new airport.That remains to be seen. After starting on Friday, Turkish Airlines will have a 45-hour window to complete one of the most complex logistical projects in history, as it switches its entire operation to the new Istanbul airport from its existing hub a...
Tags: Europe, World news, Turkey, Cities, Air transport, Erdogan, Istanbul, Turkish Airlines, Ataturk


Free short story vending machines delight commuters

‘Short story stations’ in Canary Wharf print one- three- and five-minute reads on demand“Every single day,” says Paresh Raichura, “I’m on the lookout for something new to read.” On his hour-long commute to Canary Wharf, where he works for the Financial Ombudsman, he picks up Time Out or a local paper or the freesheet Metro, but says: “I’ve stopped reading all the long novels I used to read.”Why? Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Canary Wharf, UK News, Cities, Culture, Commuting, Short Stories, Anthony Horowitz, Metro, Paresh Raichura


The $500m Shed: inside New York's quilted handbag on wheels

This puffed-up cultural citadel was meant to be an endlessly evolving, telescopic arts complex. But the glistening billionaires’ playground rising up beside it had other plansIt seems fitting that the cultural centre of New York’s latest luxury private development should look like a quilted Chanel handbag. Rearing up at the northern end of the High Line on Manhattan’s reborn West Side, the Shed presents a 10-storey wrapping of puffed-up diamond cushions to passersby, standing as the gaudy gatewa...
Tags: Music, New York, Design, US, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Museums, Stage, Manhattan, Michelin, Regeneration


Mapped: historic public transit systems v their modern equivalents

Artist Jake Berman plots old public transport systems in period style. From LA to Toronto, San Francisco to Buffalo, he has created maps of cities’ modern transit too, so you can click and compare Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Maps, La, Americas, World news, US news, Cities, Canada, City transport, Transport policy, Mapping technologies, Toronto San Francisco, Jake Berman


Mapped: historical public transit systems v their modern equivalents

Artist Jake Berman plots old public transport systems in period style. From LA to Toronto, San Francisco to Buffalo, he has created maps of cities’ modern transit too, so you can click and compare Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Maps, La, Americas, World news, US news, Cities, Canada, City transport, Transport policy, Mapping technologies, Toronto San Francisco, Jake Berman


Street battle: the activists fighting to save their neighbourhood from the tech giants

Facebook, Google and Amazon have not just colonised the internet: their hubs, campuses and offices are taking over huge sections of cities around the world. But campaigners from New York to Toronto and Berlin are fighting back‘It’s a challenge out here. The way the tech companies are building and increasing their size is just pricing people out. Families who have been here for generations can’t afford to be here any more. They’re being pushed off into rural areas – anywhere from an hour to two a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Technology, Protest, California, Berlin, Toronto, US news, Cities, Silicon Valley, Nairobi, Pacific Islanders, East Palo Alto, Facebook Google


What's the Most Interesting Bar in Your City?

Every bar should have a “thing.” My very favorite bar, Burp Castle in the East Village of Manhattan, is themed like a monastery; the bartenders wear monks’ robes and gently shush the patrons to keep the noise down. My local Brooklyn bar, High Dive, isn’t quite so distinctive, but it serves popcorn and has pinball in…Read more...
Tags: Bars, Beer, Cities, Brooklyn, Drinking, Cocktails, Wine, Lifehacks, Your City, East Village of Manhattan


'Like the Eye of Sauron': western Europe’s tallest building planned for tiny Danish town

Fast-fashion giant Bestseller set to build skyscraper headquarters in Brande, a 7,000-person rural townUntil a local company announced plans to send a 320-metre skyscraper soaring over the surrounding countryside, most people in Denmark had only the haziest idea where Brande, a town of 7,000 people in rural Jutland, even was.The Bestseller Tower, designed by star architectural studio Dorte Mandrup, will not only be the tallest building in Denmark, but the tallest in western Europe, besting the S...
Tags: Europe, London, World news, Cities, Architecture, Art and design, Skyscrapers, Denmark, Sauron, Jutland, Brande, Dorte Mandrup


Riding the tube – a photo essay by Stefan Rousseau

During his commute into central London, photographer Stefan Rousseau has started taking pictures of his fellow passengers, who are often absorbed in their own sleep-deprived worldsFor over 20 years as a photographer I have commuted into central London by car, experiencing a rush hour of anonymous, expressionless drivers hidden in their mobile steel boxes with no interaction other than through beeps of horns and the flashing of headlights. More recently I’ve been leaving my car at home and have j...
Tags: Photography, London, UK News, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Transport, Rail transport, Commuting, London Underground, Stefan Rousseau


Kumbh Mela: cleaning up after the world’s largest human gathering

Around 220 million people descended on sleepy Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad) for the 50-day Hindu festival. The cleanup could take monthsAs the sun sets over the Ganges, Vikas Kumar drives his garbage truck through the streets of Prayagraj, a historic Indian city of 1.1 million that was until last year known as Allahabad. “All this stuff people have been eating, drinking and throwing away,” he says, gesturing at piles of food waste, discarded water bottles and mud-spattered flowers. “It will tak...
Tags: India, Environment, Religion, World news, Cities, South and Central Asia, Hinduism, Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, Prayagraj, Ganges Vikas Kumar


Asia's mega-cities need clean energy drive to cope with environmental threats

Asia is home to 15 out of the world's 20 biggest cities, and the United Nations estimates another 2.5 billion people will live in cities by 2050, by far the most in Asia. This growth caused serious pollution problems and will challenge transport networks, food supply chains, and energy supplies, the delegates said. "Cities occupy 2 to 3 percent of our planet's surface, yet they consume 70 percent of all energy," said Soren Kvorning, President for Asia Pacific at Danfoss, a Danish engineering f...
Tags: Asia, Science, Cities, Asia Pacific, United Nations, Danfoss, Soren Kvorning


How Tokyo Hacks Its Streets and Subways

New York is actually a great city to wander in—it’s pretty safe, pedestrian friendly, and laced with public parks and waterfronts. But when Lifehacker sent a team to Tokyo to find the local hacks, damn was I jealous of the city planning. There are lots of touches that make Tokyo easy to navigate and pleasant to wander.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Japan, New York, Cities, Tokyo, Lifehacks


‘If you complain they see you as evil’: Accra's religious noise problem

‘One-man churches’ armed with loudspeakers proliferate in Ghana’s fast-growing capital. But as the city gets noisier, residents are fighting back“If you disobey the laws of God, the serpent will bite you. Satan will consume you,” shouts Apostle Michael Sarfo at a major road intersection in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He preaches for five hours every weekday morning, with a stack of speakers amplifying his evangelism. Passersby stop to receive prayers and blessings, some tossing their money offerings...
Tags: Africa, Environment, Religion, Cities, Pollution, Ghana, Accra, Michael Sarfo


'A double-edged sword': Mumbai pollution 'perfect' for flamingos

The flamingo population of India’s largest city has tripled. Is it thanks to sewage boosting the blue-green algae they feed on?There is an air of anxious excitement among the urban professionals and tourists on board our 24-seater motorboat as we enter Thane Creek.A chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” breaks out as we spot the visions in pink we came to see – hundreds of flamingos listlessly bobbing in the murky green water – followed by the furious clicking of cameras. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, India, Environment, World news, Cities, Birds, South and Central Asia, Pollution, Wildlife, Mumbai