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July / August 2010

Our 2010 Quality of Life Survey of the world’s best cities to live punctually and peacefully in – or on the edge.

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Observation

Like many of you, we are preparing for our summer holidays. But after a short break in Beirut we’ll be back to provide you with plenty of music, chat and reportage to entertain and inform you while you’re stretched out on…

Global

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Breath of fresh air

A good radio station can be the voice of a city, the meeting place for like-minded folk. But in New York, Alanna Heiss has turned the dial to create something unique – AIR, a radio station for the city’s art crowd.

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Expo 35: Rio de Janeiro

Rio is blessed with more raw natural beauty than probably any other city on Earth. This, coupled with the conviviality of its residents, the forthcoming Olympics and efforts to finally reduce the poverty gap and improve…

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Finnish beginning

The World Design Capital for 2012 is having a design renaissance. Helsinki officials, academics and designers are inspired by the chance to prove it isn’t stuck in the shade of its mid-century heritage. Three key facts:…

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Less waltz more disco

The Austrian capital is experiencing a second cultural wave but this time, instead of opera and art museums, it’s electronic music and pop-up galleries causing all the buzz.

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Expo 35: Taipei

The right mixture of progress and chaos is what makes the capital of Taiwan such a fun place to live. Where else would you find the world's most advanced chashless payment system as well as sprawling, hectic night markets…

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Creative directors

Quality of life isn’t just about cycle lanes and roof gardens; our cities need inspirational thinking and ideas from the cultural sphere, too. Here, we profile five players – from a South African rock band to a Tokyo web…

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Rebuilding America

These 10 creative ventures – online, community-focused and commercial – are remaking American cities. They include the founders of museum hotels across the Midwest, the organiser of a neighbourhood Art Walk and an entrep…

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Civic slickers

The right mayor can reinvent and rejuvenate a city, boosting infrastructure, speeding integration and fostering the arts. For our cities special, we profile 10 of the freshest movers and shakers in urban politics worldwide…

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Gehl force

The celebrated Danish architect Jan Gehl believes that drawing the focus of a city’s infrastructure away from the obsession with concrete and traffic systems and towards the needs of its inhabitants makes for a better…

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A world of good

Once again, we've been busy applying the annual Monocle metrics test to cities across the globe. Here are the results.

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Fashion briefing

Summer prints for women and tailored shirts and jackets for men. Plus a new boutique in Houston, Texas, selling casual menswear.

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A man of the people

Minneapolis mayor RT Rybak has a unique brand of governing. Reelected to his third term last year, he’s marketing the city’s tap water, pushing farm-to-plate food initiatives and is a believer in people doing their civic…

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In good health

A country club doesn’t need to be an exclusive haven for the super-rich – in fact, it doesn’t even need to be in the country. Here, we outline our dream for a perfect health club: open to all, accessible by bicycle and…

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Coast story

Portugal’s second city has great architecture and good food but it’s the escapes along the coast that give it its quality of life credentials. Pack your trunks, tote and Sisley spray and head for the boardwalks.

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Diplomacy rules

Geneva: a world-shaper, a knowledge economy, a cultural hub and a city on the rise in our Quality of Life index. But how long can it hold on to its unique role? Property is hard to find, living costs are high and there are…

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Go up market

Monocle meets the two visionaries who have shown that the fortunes of an entire neighbourhood can be transformed simply by setting up a weekly market selling local produce.

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Europe briefing

Copenhagen saddles up for the world's biggest urban cycling contest, Russia's "Silicon Valley" gets to live by its own rules, and Istanbul, the call to prayer becomes easier to the ear.

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Neighbourhood Watch

From Dutch bread-making philanthropists to a pioneering food co-op in the heart of London, vernacular retail is thriving. Even an established supermarket giant is getting in on the local act.

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