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What’s the future of the city? Eleven writers – urbanists, authors, academics, architects and Monocle editors – look at the battles and pleasures of metropolitan living. From the empty highways of Detroit to the sewers of London, an Istanbul street to Ancient Greece, it’s a survey of urban hope and possibility.

Architecture, Culture, Infrastructure, Travel

Reclaim the street

John Norquist

Urbanist & former mayor

After the Second World War, Detroit was triumphant while Berlin and Tokyo lay in ruins. Today, however, failures in urban planning have left it the one looking war-ravaged. To rebuild, Motor City needs to welcome back the pedestrian and rip up its motorways.

During the Second World War, Detroit was the most productive city on earth. America and its British and Soviet allies won the war with Detroit-made tanks, Jeeps, guns, planes and ammunition. In August 1945 the city stood triumphant. Its…


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