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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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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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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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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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The buzz driver

Kajima, one of Japan’s largest engineering firms, built the country’s first concrete dam and nuclear reactor. Now it’s at the forefront again, this time in the field of urban biodiversity. We meet the man who sees the…

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Expo 35: Istanbul

Istanbul is like the Med on steroids; stronger coffee, crazier roads and very animated, opinionated people. But the pace of life is more relaxed than in western Europe and the party scene doesn’t stop until dawn.

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Hula hopes

Honolulu, our top-ranking US city for the third year running, wants to shed its honeymoon hotspot image. The film industry, renewable energy and agriculture are helping transform it into a new Pacific power.

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Expo 35: Naples

Away from the dark world of the Camorra, the city’s real innocence and romance shine through – whether in the family-run restaurants, selling locally caught fish as they have done for generations, or the young couples…

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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…

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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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