Dutch council forces playground to close over noise complaints

More than 4,000 signal petition to overturn decision, which aimed to appease neighbours A national debate has been provoked in the Netherlands after the human rights council succession a primary school playground to be shut for being too noisy. Questions…

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These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

It’s moving day for a controversial data standard that has pitted cities against some private transportation companies, like Uber and Lyft, that want to operate on their streets. Tuesday, 15 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco,…

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Tokyo’s tipping point: is the impenetrable city finally opening up?

As Japans capital welcomes immigrants and prepares to host the Olympics, 2019 could be the year the worlds largest megalopolis disappears absolutely global On a warm May evening in the constrict alleys of Omoide Yokocho( Memory Lane) next to the…

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Sterile or stirring? Britain’s love-hate relationship with new towns

Paternalistic social engineering or make-Britain-great-again utopianism? A new archive film collection takes a look at the UKs contentious postwar towns ” People sometimes say to me,’ You must get a terrific kick out of having been responsible for a huge…

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Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlife

They existed homophobia and Thatcher. But is gentrification now sounding the death knell for gay sororities and pubs? We assemble the artists combating to save them On a summer’s epoch in 2017, in garden-varieties near the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in…

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The economics and trade-offs of ad-funded smart city tech

In order to have Consider this an ongoing discussion about Urban Tech, its intersection with regulation, issues of public service and other intricacies that people have full PHDs on. I’m merely a bitter, born-and-bred New Yorker trying to figure out…

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Raccoons v Toronto: how ‘trash pandas’ conquered the city

The mayor has pledged to defeat the swine as some tenants see them as scrappy heroes. But, like everyone else in Toronto, the raccoons are duelling for space Most Toronto citizens have a raccoon tale. They steal doughnuts. They travel…

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Everyday memories of Addis Ababa a photo essay

Ethiopian website aims to document the lives of communities throughout the 20 th century Terefe Berlie Asmare endeavoured to Addis Ababa in 1980 and wasted much of the coming decade driving. He laboured at a garage in the Ethiopian asset…

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How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare state

The 1918 pandemic ravaged the remote metropoli of stersund. But its legacy is a city and country well-equipped to deal with 21 st century challenges On 15 September 1918, a 12 -year-old boy called Karl Karlsson who lived just outside…

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This Week in the Future of Cars: Honey We Broke the Future

If any one thing propelled Tesla’s meteoric rise from a small Silicon Valley startup to one of the world’s most famous and evoking companionships, it’s Elon Musk. Every scrap of bulletin about the company now draws headlines, as its outspoken,…

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