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July/August 2019

Time to dream. A summer plan for anyone after a better quality of life, from a new HQ to a nicer home. Plus, our annual Quality of Life survey.

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An unparalleled experience

Global chauffeur and airport concierge service Blacklane elevates the chauffeur experience to the level of craftsmanship, bringing a sense of humanity back into travel – one ride at a time.

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Editor's letter

Tyler Brûlé on what attributes are necessary for a city to top our Quality of Life Survey.

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The opener

Why frazzled American tourists order fries to go, plus a very Australian political grilling.

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Odd squad

A city’s quirks can often beguile us more than its falling crime rate or fine trams. We list our favourite idiosyncrasies from around the world.

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Street smarts

New York Public Library is reviving a classic: the mobile library last seen on the city’s roads more than 30 years ago. The Bookmobile’s wheels are set to roll and, with the help of a friendly lion, it’s already winning…

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Puppy power

Even the fiercest dogs start life as cuddly puppies. But at Hong Kong’s police-dog training centre, every game has a purpose: to prepare canines for a life of sniffing luggage, searching vehicles and fighting crime.

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If you build it

The world’s largest construction trade fair might not strike many as a likely destination for a fun day out but Bauma is attracting revellers to Bavaria in droves. We don lederhosen, munch bratwurst and join the crane…

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Fired up

Meet the team with a burning desire to protect Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera temple.

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Green room

The co-founder and publisher of Vienna’s foremost news and reviews magazine likes to dodge the crowds in the city’s public parks.

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Executive revision

Some cities are shedding unwanted legacies while others cater to 18 million visitors per year, only to see some of the income generated by tourists ending up elsewhere. We meet five mayors facing the challenges – and making…

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Doctor feelgood

Roof gardens, natural light, green space – how three health centres are tackling modern healthcare challenges.

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Perfect fix

Cows on the loose? Canals used as dumps? Urban life can throw up some unique – and bizarre – challenges. Meet the people charged with fixing gritty problems in our cities.

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City secrets

Seek high and low, in tunnels and along elevated walkways, and you’ll find that there are fascinating stories in every city. Here we take a look at some of our favourite tales from around the globe, originally brought to…

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Europe briefing

Food markets in Turin, green (and sleek) transit infrastructure in Tilburg and Oslo’s public art biennial.

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Lively hubs

City life needn’t be an over-priced, overwhelming drudge; look closely and there are richer options to be had at a lower cost. We explore three bases for work that also excel at rest and play.

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Nuts and bolts

Cities don’t just happen; assembly is required. But the inner workings of urban development are often hidden. We meet the makers and architects doing the heavy lifting.

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Business and pleasure

They shouldn’t be mixed, right? Wrong. But what can we do to make offices more appealing without making them full of bean bags and silly slides? These HQs have the balance right.

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