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After Norway's Storelgen stole Mac the Moose's place as world's tallest, a Canadian city hopes to 'stick it to Oslo' by increasing their statue's size For three decades, the Canadian city of Moose Jaw took pride in its status as the home of the world's largest moose statute. Standing at a majestic 10 meters tall, Mac the Moose has weathered brutal winters, graffiti and even the inglorious loss of his jaw. His recognition was so great that in 2013, he was named the city's most popular celebrity.
Photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly has been covering Dakar fashion week for over a decade. He charts the city's burgeoning style scene Alongside its golden beaches, glitzy nightclubs and vibrant music scene, Senegal's capital, Dakar, is emerging as a key African fashion hub. Continue reading.
Author-illustrator Carol Adlam looks at liminal spaces caught between this Midlands city's industrial past and its drive towards the future Situated at the very centre of England, Nottingham is neither a traditional northern or southern city. With a a significant working class and industrial legacy that has left its traces on the cityscape in the lace-market, the extensive network of caves that run under the city, the canal, and derelict industrial-era mill buildings, it is also. Socially it is divided: on the one hand it is a thriving city with two universities; on the other, there remains significant social deprivation in areas such as Nottingham north, with very low literacy levels.
Many of the city's roads began as indigenous pathways - just one example of Native American infrastructure that helped make Chicago a successful city At 65, Chicago's American Indian Center is the oldest urban indigenous center in the US. Its current retrospective highlights its importance to the city and is intended to serve as evidence of the Native experience, existence, and survival. But there is an easier way to see the enduring indigenous influence on Chicago - simply walk a few blocks east to Clark Street.
Portland has a vegan strip club, Palitana is a meat-free zone and Bristol makes the most vegan-related Google searches, but what makes a city vegan-friendly? Since Greggs announced a new vegan alternative to its meaty sausage roll at the start of the year, the Quorn pastries have flown off the shelves, the bakery chain says, selling hundreds of thousands in the first week alone. Its success is a testament to both a remarkable PR stunt and the seemingly unstoppable rise of veganism, which, according to a new study, has been led by Bristol. Continue reading.
Can better urban soil help solve our environmental problems? A recent gathering of scientists on the upper west side of Manhattan enthused about a crucial element in the formation of the surrounding city. The substance talked about in revered tones? Soil. In a fairer world, soil would be receiving reverence from people well beyond the fourth annual NYC Urban Soils Symposium, given that the slender outer layer of the planet supports the life that treads, grows and flies above it.
Council will investigate whether it can afford to buy Hamilton House A 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 to housing. Continue reading.
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 Islam. The 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-cream - a bowl of puffed cereal dipped in liquid nitrogen.
Amy Becker seeks out decommissioned payphones hidden in plain sight and photographs them with her iPhone - the very invention that turned them into unwanted relics Continue reading...
The national theatres of Great Britain, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have all caused a stir about what they represent. How should they reflect a country's identity? They had Richard Eyre on the radio last week. BBC Radio 4's PM programme brought in the former artistic director of the National Theatre in London to talk about the Duchess of Sussex being appointed royal patron.
15 January 1927: After 70 years and two wars, the long Parisian thoroughfare is finally inaugurated by the president Paris, FridayTomorrow with simple ceremony President Doumergue will formally open the full length of the Boulevard Haussmann as it was designed by the great town planner of the reign of Napolon III. Thus it will have taken the boulevard just 70 years to cut its way across the older streets of Paris, for the first decree authorising the construction of the boulevard was signed in 1857. Related: Story of cities #12: Haussmann rips up Paris - and divides France to this day Continue reading.
Research also identifies pollinators' favourite flowers, including brambles, buttercups, dandelions, lavender and borage Allotments, weedy corners and fancy gardens are all urban havens for bees and other pollinators, a study has found. The widespread decline of bees resulting from the loss of wild areas and pesticide use has caused great concern in recent years, but towns and cities have been suggested as potential sanctuaries. Continue reading.
Last year 135 people were murdered or unlawfully killed in London - the highest total since 2008. Many of the victims were teenagers or in their twenties and most were stabbed'Everybody's struggling now': young Londoners pay price as city expands Continue reading..
The next 15 megacities #4: As the city's population nears 10 million and its murder rate reaches its highest in a decade, are young Londoners suffering disproportionately?London killings in 2018: how homicides in the capital rose to a decade high. He was a bit of a challenging boy, but there was a nice side to him, says Andy Walker, founder of Southside Young Leaders' Academy in Camberwell, south London, of Latwaan Griffiths. Griffiths joined Southside when he was seven years old; 11 years later he was dead - the 16th teenager, and 88th person, murdered in London last year.
Creators of Waltham Forest video say their work reflects wider context of knife crime after ex-police boss queries cost and timing of festivities The creators of a celebratory video installation, projected this weekend on the walls of Waltham Forest town hall to mark its status as the first London Borough of Culture, have laid flowers to commemorate the life of murdered local teenager Jaden Moodie and vowed to boost the area's sense of community. A lot of the young people we have spoken to while making this film said they had nothing to look forward to, said Jessica Hudsley, the project manager working the audio visual artists Greenaway & Greenaway, who grew up in Walthamstow, at the heart of the east London borough. Continue reading.
Sarah Bowie sketches her daily commute, recording the vagaries of her fellow Dubliners' behaviour as she travels through the city Continue reading...
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 say. For some people, getting into university is all about the grades. For Luana Nunes, it was about finding a reliable internet connection.
This gentle documentary wades through interviews and drone footage for a touching portrait of pond life In the nicest possible way, this gentle and forthright film is a kind of home movie, almost a series of hyperlocal video-diary entries, full of uncomplicated happiness in a way that most documentaries aren't. Mixing interviews, ambient material and wonderful drone footage, this is a tribute to the bathing ponds of Hampstead Heath in north London - the women's one, the mixed one and the men's one, and to the people of all ages, identities and backgrounds who use them all year-round. They are people who have developed what might be called a virtuous addiction, a predilection for the cold-water endorphin rush, especially in the winter when the heath is at its most beautiful and the water at its coldest.
Jim Bachor beautifies the world's streets with colourful designs ranging from chickens to Aretha Franklin Jim 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.
Car-free days, filtered permeability and lower speed limits are just some of the ways that cities around the world are trying to encourage cycling Cycling in London is on the rise - up 56% on some routes since 2014. The construction a few years ago of a number of protected cycle lanes in the city centre undoubtedly helped drive this change, but there are additional ways to boost the number of people on bikes. We explore 10 ideas below - please contribute yours in the comments section.