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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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