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What makes a 24-hour city?

The announcement of a 24-hour Night Tube in London has been welcomed by local residents and urban planners. This video published by The Economist explains the historical reasons for London’s early closing hours. It also looks at how a 24-hour city better reflects modern life and population movement in the city today.

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A weekend conversation: Can Cape Town learn from Berlin?

Can Cape Town learn from Berlin? Mayra Hartmann, an engineer based in Berlin, joins Rashiq Fataar and Brett Petzer to chat about how two cities, both devastated by the architecture of division and separation can learn from one another.

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Voices of the City: Okuhle Magcaba

“I use bodies, faces, words and backgrounds that might seem visible or invisible to extend the vision I wish to share.” – Okuhle Magcaba, eNca Online News Writer and Photographer. See what this young mover and shaker from Johannesburg had to say about the city.

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What does the future of sustainable transport look like in Lagos?

Lagos has traditionally struggled with a lack of reliable mass transit systems and severe traffic congestion. However, more recently, the city has made strides to improve – its multimodal approach to transport investments holds great promise for the city’s commuters.

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WATCH: Portland, a Global Model of Transit-Oriented Development

Portland, the largest city in Oregon with over 600, 000 inhabitants has become a global model of transit-oriented development (TOD). A key element of TOD is the human scale – creating streets that are not only auto-friendly but also amenable to cycling and walking.

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Watch: Lagos Rising – Where next for “Africa’s London”?

Lagos is the world’s fastest growing megacity, riding on a lucrative oil industry and expanding economy. But while skyscrapers furnish the business elite, millions in the city’s slums wonder if they will benefit.

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Top architects and planners back new London Cycle Superhighways

Some of London’s top architects and planners come out in support of new cycle superhighways for the capital.

Members of Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Treatment Action Campaign, Ndifuna Ukwazi and Equal Education marching through the Cape Town CBD earlier this year to celebrate the release of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry’s findings and recommendations. Photo by Barbara Maregele.

Apartheid geography and murder in Cape Town

Class and race inequality (meaning disparities in wealth, income and education) are vital to understanding murder. Related to this is geographic apartheid, meaning historical (and today’s) “dumping” of the poorest and most vulnerable people furthest away from CBDs and traditionally white suburbs.

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Walling in the one percent: Eko Atlantic

Nigeria is betting on Eko Atlantic as a new and wealthy futuristic version of Lagos. A refuge-island for climate change, or simply, as some have said, an apparatus for ‘climate apartheid.’ Has the dream that drove the construction of the Great Wall to protect Lagos from sea level rise been hijacked to suit the elite?

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If Mayors Ruled the World

Many mayors are impressive figures and time appears to be on their side. Nation states (particularly the large ones) have an increasingly hard time and, in the context of a process of globalization, cities, and particularly small city-states, increasingly emerge victorious. Cities have first-hand experience with many of the things that occur in globalization’s wake, such as immigration and cultural and religious diversity, and are generally less dogmatic and more practical in dealing with them.