The Urbanist

Winter's breath of life



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27 December, 2012

Episode 63

48 minutes

Winter: how even today, Christmas is breathing new life into Bethlehem, why we need skating rinks in cities and we speak to city lighting expert Mark Major.

27 December, 2012


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