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Michael Green laments UK transport developments, Ronald Walton says buses provide a lifeline for older people, Patrick Carroll makes a funding offer, and Liz Bebington says London buses are better than the rest. Two articles highlight our country's increasingly benighted and impoverished thinking. First, we learn that bus journeys are 10% down since 2008, coinciding with a 55% increase in average fares and the virtual halving of public funding (Bus services 'in crisis' as number of journeys falls, 15 October).
Carlos Marchand photographs basketball hoops in Queens, New York City, as a way of framing suburbia Continue reading...
Santa Maria Tonantzintla was set to be one of Mexico's first smart cities - but residents saw it as an attempt to westernise their town and leave tradition behind Lupita Tecual Porquillo had heard a rumour that the plaza was going to be remodelled. The 51-year-old grocery store owner lives around the corner from the centre of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, a sleepy town in the state of Puebla, about three hours from Mexico City. She assumed remodelling meant repairing the plaza's centuries-old cobblestone pavement.
Dunkirk is a month into a project that makes it the biggest European city to offer free public transport. So what do people think? One month after the French channel port of Dunkirk introduced free public transport for all, a small revolution is taking place. Two women, perfect strangers until now, are chatting across the aisle about nothing in particular.
The city has more than 1,400 tianguis - open-air markets that operate on certain days of the week - and many have been around for centuries. Professor Joseph Heathcott uses satellite images to highlight these unique spaces Continue reading..
People in cities with high density of ready-to-eat food outlets have 11% higher risk of developing the condition, research shows People who live in cities with a high density of food outlets such as takeaways, restaurants and fast-food vendors have an 11% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who live far from an instant meal, according to new research. Previous studies have suggested having fast food on the doorstep is a risk factor for obesity, but this is the largest to focus on type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity. Continue reading.
Women-only spaces on the 99% Muslim island have been usurped by economic growth. The Reclaim Women's Space project is trying to change that Wandering the maze-like streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town, it's easy to get lost and stumble into one of the city's many courtyards. Here, a social buzz breaks the quiet: men sit on low stone benches, or baraza, which are carved into the sides of many houses, and fan themselves and chat; at night, the courtyards come alive with men laughing in the balmy night air, drinking cups of masala tea and watching football on fuzzy televisions, as hawkers sell juicy skewers of spiced meat.
As the world's population grows older and more urban, cities around the world must decide how to adapt The first year was a bit like the first year of a marriage - but with 25 people rather than just one. That is how Jude Tisdall describes joining a co-housing development purpose-built for women over 50. Tisdall, an arts consultant in her early 60s, moved into the New Ground complex in north London just over a year ago.
The new Asian Town mall was designed to cater to Qatar's roughly 2 million migrant workers - but critics say it is simply a way to segregate them At first glance, it is like any other entertainment complex in Qatar: a giant shopping mall, a multiplex cinema and an amphitheatre for musical shows. But there are no high-end boutiques, no women and no Qataris. Welcome to Asian Town, an entertainment and shopping venue in the heart of the largest labour camp in Qatar, on the outskirts of the capital, Doha.
After 20 years, squatters occupying the Amsterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij former shipyard have been ordered to leave. Photographer Sanne Derks met members of the community, who say moving elsewhere is impossible Continue reading..
The city's billionaire Ilitch family made ambitious promises in 2013, but now the area remains a redevelopment deadzone Along the streets leading to Detroit's recently minted Little Caesars Arena, colorful banners hang from temporary fencing, informing visitors they have arrived in the District Detroit. The neighborhood holds a dynamic mix of shopping and dining with places to live in the heart of the action, the signage reads. The banners depict a thriving urban core with smiling families holding hands while well-dressed people drink under patio lights.
Censorship in metro stations and other public places reveal limits to how far we're prepared to be challenged by art The Vienna tourist board had long earmarked 2018 for its year-long retrospective of Viennese modernism. Unexpectedly, of all the artworks it could have advertised it with - Gustav Klimt's tender Kiss; Venus in the Grotto by Koloman Moser - it chose a selection of characteristically baleful, spindly nudes by Egon Schiele. We thought it was so stark, so strong to work with in advertising, says spokeswoman Helena Hartlauer one drizzly afternoon at Caf Museum, a traditional coffeehouse in Vienna where Schiele, Klimt and their peers were regulars more than 100 years ago.
The world heating up by even 1.5C would have a brutal impact on future generations The authoritative new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sets the world a clear target: we must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by the middle of this century to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C.
The mayor has pledged to defeat the animals as some residents see them as scrappy heroes. But, like everyone else in Toronto, the raccoons are battling for space Most Toronto residents have a raccoon story. They steal doughnuts.
When cities lack the paths pedestrians need, people vote with their feet We've all been there. You want a short cut - to the bus stop, office or corner shop - but there's no designated path. Others before you have already flattened the grass, or cut a line through a hedge.
Threat to major population centres is increasing as planners fail to prepare for impacts of global warming, report says London, Jakarta, Shanghai and Houston and other global cities that are already sinking will become increasingly vulnerable to storms and flooding as a result of global warming, campaigners have warned ahead of a landmark new report on climate science. The threat to cities from sea level rises is increasing because city planners are failing to prepare, the charity Christian Aid said in the report. Some big cities are already subsiding - the ground beneath Shanghai, for instance, is being pressed down by the sheer weight of the buildings above - and rising sea levels resulting from global warming will make the effects worse.
These commemorative panels make streets sing with a cast of characters - some of my favourites being fictional. The first blue plaque was unveiled more than 150 years ago in 1867, on Holles Street in London, to mark the spot where the dashing Romantic poet Lord Byron was born. Now there are an estimated 45,000 plaques in Britain, and Mike Read, chairman of the British Plaque Trust, thinks it's too many.
For the first time, the $11bn Vibrant Express connects Hong Kong with mainland China in 20 mins - and the city's residents are nervous Inside the newly built West Kowloon terminus, it's hard to know where Hong Kong stops and China begins. A restaurant on one floor is technically on Hong Kong soil. Just below it, a duty-free shopping area belongs to neither government.
Vast underground reservoirs beneath the city's Centenary Park can store 1m gallons of water Bangkok is sinking - fast. As urban development continues unabated, this city of more than 10 million people is getting lower by 2cm a year, according to Greenpeace estimates. Meanwhile, the surface of the Gulf of Thailand is rising by 4mm a year - above the global average.
Nothing symbolises Italian urban chic quite like the Vespa. But in the city that gave birth to them, the diehards suddenly have a fight on their hands Corrado Nicora is talking about the flyest Vespa in Genoa: his own. For his 50th birthday, the secretary of Vespa Club Genoa decided that a new scooter was just what he needed.