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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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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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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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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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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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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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The perfect fit

Big supermarkets are banned, independent businesses abound and there’s a human scale on the shop floor. All of this makes Paris Europe’s retail capital.

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Americas briefing

Mayor Bloomberg gives the go-ahead for a new park in New York, Brazil overhauls in libraries in a bid to address its social problems, and Canada goes scouting for new Scientific talent.

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Five urban escapes

Cities from Tokyo to Turin work because when you you really need to get away, they have rural, beach or mountain retreats on the doorstep. Here are five urbanite playgrounds.

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Asia briefing

Portable farms from Japan, cash for babies in Taiwan, China and South Korea finally find something they can both agree on.

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My last meal: Alain Ducasse

For Alain Ducasse's 'last meal', the Michelin-starred chef and famed restauranteur pays tribute to Monaco and the restaurant that sealed his reputation. He's also used to contemplating his demise. In 1984 he survived a…

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Expo 35: Beirut

International architecture firms and boutique hotel chains are the latest to catch on that Beirut is the friendliest, most vibrant and ever-changing city in the Middle East. We also profile four more metropolises whose…

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Oceania Briefing

Auckland has big ideas for New Zealand's first "Super City," Melbourne re-stocks its tree population and the Gold Coast's bikini-clad meter maids face extinction.

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