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137 29 May 2014
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Trains: we explore the history of trains in cities in locations such as Beirut, Buenos Aires, Sydney, LA and New York. Plus, a love story that unfolded from London to Paris on the Eurostar.

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136 22 May 2014
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Weather: how an oyster can help protect a city from hurricane damage, we look at Vancouver’s wet-weather architecture slip-up, and meet a very enthusiastic weatherman, to learn how the oncoming forecast affects all elements of urban life.

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135 15 May 2014
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Documenting the city: how we record our urban areas, from the museum curator with a collection you can’t display to a documentary film that’s both fantasy and fiction, along with maps, photographs, audio and more – what sides of the city are we trying to preserve and create through documenting them?

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134 8 May 2014
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The unbuilt: we speak to the City of London’s former planning officer about how to say “no” to those who want to build, find out why residents are thankful that Lisbon doesn’t have a new airport, and look at China’s metro lines to nowhere – now headed somewhere.

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133 1 May 2014
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Oddballs: Why a city that accepts its eccentrics wins out, featuring the Parisian toilet attendant (and self-styled dame), the Sydney transgender bubble-bike rider, and Rio’s own Batman who are all helping add to a healthy metropolis.

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132 24 Apr 2014
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Twinned: the idea of pairing cities is over half-a-century old and arose with the best of intentions – to make everything feel a bit friendlier in the wake a world war. But is the gesture outdated? What does Tucson really have in common with Almaty?

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131 17 Apr 2014
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Drinking in cities: How booze fuels our urban centres. We look at the history of the British pub (and why Charles de Gaulle got to name one in London), Milan’s aperitivo culture, and how to buy a good drop in Stockholm. Plus, how to find out if you live in a “drinking city”.

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130 10 Apr 2014
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What’s new in the business of doing your business in public? We find out how public toilets can make you money, how to design them (we get lessons from Japan) and what do with ones that have had their final flushes.

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129 3 Apr 2014
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What does a ‘district’ do? We explore their place in the city, from the branding of neighbourhoods by their past or present industry to give them a story to tacking on 'village' or 'quarter' to give them soul.

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128 27 Mar 2014
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Freedom: What are the spaces in a city where we feel free to express ourselves and do as we please – and does freedom make a city a better place to live? And what about services: should parks have free wi-fi and is public art preferable to a gallery? We head to Hong Kong, Sydney, Belgrade, Amsterdam and London to find out.

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127 20 Mar 2014
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The Hipster: they are part of a very visible and oft-derided subculture that has pushed loft-style living into big business and filled the streets with couture coffee. But what is the long-term impact of these of-the-moment taste makers when it comes to our cities?

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126 13 Mar 2014
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The lobbyists: not the bad or ugly, but the good. How are those lobbying City Hall, whether through closed-door meetings or open public festivals, getting their messages heard - and changing the metropolis for the better?

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