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2 per week World Cities (The Guardian) 2 per week
The Kiwi dream: city-weary New Zealanders flock to the regions
Smaller towns such as Timaru are targeting priced-out city dwellers as well as international migrants to shore up their ageing populations Michelle Marshall and her husband, Zane, returned to New Zealand after living in London, ready to settle down, buy a house, have a child and live the Kiwi dream. But the young couple quickly realised the Kiwi dream was becoming elusive in Auckland, the country's largest city. No matter how hard they worked and saved there, their goal of buying a home and starting a family was slipping away.
Apr 24 1:00AM Guardian-Cities

Hong Kong real estate now more expensive for the dead than the living
A tiny nook for an urn can cost up to 180,000. With 200,000 sets of ashes waiting for a resting place, the city is running out of options Per square foot, it has become more expensive to house the dead than the living, says Kwok Hoi Pong, chairman of the Hong Kong Funeral Business Association. A niche for an urn in a private columbarium in the best position can cost up to HK$1.
Apr 23 5:00AM Guardian-Cities

Monstrous commute: The furry blue beasts taking over New York's subway
Instagrammer Subway Doodle inserts blue furry monsters into everyday NY scenes. Watch out though, some are hellbent on mischief ..
Apr 22 7:00AM Guardian-Cities

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?CopenhagenAmsterdamStockholmHamburgWhich city is this?AntwerpLiverpoolLilleBelfastWhich city is this?BudapestDubrovnikViennaBarcelonaWhich city is this?BratislavaBonnBakuBostonWhich city is this?TripoliGibraltarMarseille Singapore13 and above.Well done! You deserve a trip12 and above.Well done11 and above.
Apr 18 10:30AM Guardian-Cities

Even the royal family enjoys it': how the Nashville hot chicken trend began
Prince's Hot Chicken started a food craze that has since been copied around the world - and is likely coming your way Heads turn as Andr Prince Jeffries - silver bangles jingling and cane in hand -makes her way towards her reserved table at Nashville's premier hot chicken joint, Prince's Hot Chicken. Since her early thirties, Jeffries, now 72, has been at the helm of the poultry dynasty that started a trend for lip burning, tear-inducing fried chicken that has spread around the world. Continue reading.
Apr 17 11:00AM Guardian-Cities

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.
Apr 17 5:00AM Guardian-Cities

Upward slope: how skateboarding transformed the 'Manchester of Finland'
The skater-led DIY regeneration of Tampere provides a template for small post-industrial cities There's little to distinguish Tampere from hundreds of other post-industrial small towns and cities across the global north. With a population of 232,000, it is Finland's second-largest urban area, known as the Manchester of Finland due to its past as an industrial powerhouse. And like many other towns and cities, after a century of prosperity the decline of industry left Tampere facing an existential crisis.
Apr 16 12:00PM Guardian-Cities

Bachelorettes, Bibles and Amazon: is Nashville the perfect model for a second-tier city?
No longer simply the country music capital of the world, the city is expanding rapidly - but its unique culture is feeling the strain If you are looking for signs of Nashville's entrepreneurial spirit, ask Robbie Goldsmith why he decided to quit his job. I used to live downtown and we'd go out on Broadway because it was fun and we naturally saw more and more of these bachelorette parties and they would come up to [me] and ask what [they] should do. What Goldsmith did was quit his corporate job to start his company, Bach Weekend, he explains as he walks down Broadway, which despite the early afternoon hour is already giving out a party vibe with the waft of spilled beer and burgers drifting across the wide sidewalks.
Apr 16 10:00AM Guardian-Cities

'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 awareness CatcallsofLdn 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 awareness of street harassment and ultimately prevent it.
Apr 15 12:25PM Guardian-Cities

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 city Nashville 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 few small hurdles remaining before Amazon starts moving in to a downtown office complex planned for Nashville Yards.
Apr 15 5:00AM Guardian-Cities

Self-made superheroes and street naps: Manila - a cartoon
Inspired by the Japanese Ukiyo-E woodblock prints of the Floating World, Marius Black's portraits show the daily urban life of Filipinos Inspired by the Japanese Ukiyo-E woodblock prints of the Floating World, my Manila Ukiyo-E prints show the daily urban life of Filipinos. To create each piece, I take pictures of interesting people I see in the streets, then use the photos as reference for line drawings and print them on watercolour paper. That's where the print ends.
Apr 12 5:00AM Guardian-Cities

Why are we so bad at planning cities?
From cul-de-sacs to retail parks, Britain's planning rules cause environments that are bewildering, illogical and ugly. We have forgotten that urban areas are grown Here is something you might try if you live in Britain. Go to your favourite urban place, whether it be the centre of a large city or a small market town.
Apr 11 5:00AM Guardian-Cities

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..
Apr 10 11:05AM Guardian-Cities

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't It 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.
Apr 10 5:00AM Guardian-Cities

Written in the wind: visualising air pollution levels - in pictures
The Air of the Anthropocene project is a collaboration between digital artist Robin Price and environmental scientist Prof Francis Pope. The work uses experimental photography to visualise the amount of hazardous fine particulate matter (PM2.5) present in the air Continue reading.
Apr 9 5:00AM Guardian-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, for more than 50 years.
Apr 8 5:00AM Guardian-Cities

Turkish Airlines is switching to a new Istanbul airport - all in 45 hours
In Erdogan'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.
Apr 6 7:00AM Guardian-Cities

How the other half eat: inside the US government's canteens - a cartoon
DC resident Josh Kramer realised the lives of the US capital's government workers were alien to him. So he joined them for lunch Continue reading..
Apr 5 5:00AM Guardian-Cities

I've seldom been so disgusted with people': readers respond to segregated play areas
While a few of you argued that blocking social housing tenants from using a communal play area was justified, most expressed disgust and outrage I think the social housing people SHOULD be kept separate. So said one reader following a Guardian Cities story last week that revealed children in social housing were blocked from using a communal play area at the Baylis Old School complex on Lollard Street, south London. Continue reading.
Apr 4 10:00AM Guardian-Cities

The grey wall of China: inside the world's concrete superpower
Beijing's new airport is just the latest megaproject that has seen China pour more concrete every two years than the US did in the entire 20th century Find the rest of our Guardian concrete week pieces here. In the suburbs south of Beijing, what could one day be the world's busiest airport is rapidly taking shape. Nicknamed the starfish due to the striking design by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Beijing Daxing international airport is set to open in October, and could eventually handle more than 100 million passengers a year.
Feb 28 6:00AM Guardian-Cities