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Sorting out the streets

UK pavements are a mess – once again, the Scandinavians show how it should be done

By Hugo Macdonald

Over the past fortnight I’ve been a Nordic nomad, taking in Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm. That these cities are each models for contemporary urban living hardly needs mentioning again.

But what struck me on this tour wasn’t so much the rapid, brilliant urban development projects nor the quality design on show at the exhibition centres. Instead, what I take away from this trip is a glowing ­admiration for the streets the…

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