The Urbanist

The second city

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20 August 2015

Episode 201

25 minutes

Being number two is not always a bad thing. In this episode we explore second cities and the ways in which they step out of the capital’s shadow. From Milan’s business hub to Melbourne’s food culture, these are the things that help us measure a city. Plus: we sit down with the mayor of Aarhus and talk about the challenges – and advantages – of governing Denmark’s second city.

20 August 2015

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Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard: how to govern a second city?

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With recent investments on a new waterfront, connections to the suburbs and a renewed and cohesive urban policy, Denmark’s second city has been able to slowly put itself of the map and all for the right reasons. Due to a vibrant mix between student city and historical significance, Aarhus has been developing its own identity, marking a clear stance from Copenhagen. Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus talks to us about the challenges - and advantages - of governing a second city.

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Milan: business, fashion and world fair

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taly's self-declared second city is actually where much of the country’s business gets done and for that Milan is enjoying a bit of a renaissance of its own today. A well-known hub for the fashion and design industries, Milan is stepping out of the shadows and taking its turn on the catwalk with a changing skyline, newly inaugurated museums and its role as host of this year’s world’s fair, Expo 2015.

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How to measure a city: demography is destiny

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Cities are dynamic organisms, growing and shrinking as time passes. The global ranking of cities - both within countries and internationally - is sure to change over course of the century. Urban geographer Joel Kotkin explains more about the demographic trends that make and break cities.

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Melbourne: reinventing itself through food

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There are many things that make Australia’s second city stand out for the crowd, but so far there has been nothing like Melbourne’s celebrated culinary scene. We explore how food is helping the city rediscover itself and why that’s helping the city to mark its place on the map.

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