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29 October 2015

Episode 211

26 minutes

We report from CityLab, a two-and-a-half-day summit that gathered the world’s top mayors and urban leaders for a series of chats on how to to make our cities a better place. We explore the vision for London’s transport infrastructure, discover how Rio de Janeiro is gearing up its digital strategy ahead of the Olympics and find out how to create a smart city through data. Plus: we talk millennials in Washington and sit down for a very honest chat with the mayor of Athens.

29 October 2015

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Isabel Dedring, London’s deputy mayor for transport

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Earlier in the year London registered the highest number ever of people living in the city, highlighting the importance of having a strong transportation policy. So how do you keep cities moving? Isabel Dedring tells us about the challenges she faces, Crossrail and her vision for transport in London.

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Pedro Peracio, Rio de Janeiro’s chief digital officer

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When it comes to city planning, digital urbanism is a rapidly developing field. Add a global event such as the Olympics into the mix and having a digital strategy becomes an essential element of any city.

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Giorgos Kaminis, mayor of Athens

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Since becoming mayor in 2010, Giorgos Kaminis has been faced with an array of problems: from budget cuts and years of austerity to protests, a rise in unemployment and the biggest refugee crisis in decades, right at his doorstep. It hasn’t been easy but Kaminis remains an optimist.

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Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington

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Several cities around the world are having difficulty in discovering what exactly young adults want from them. And for Washington, the balance between being powerful and cool can be challenging to manage at times.

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Stephen Goldsmith, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School

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Data can be a valuable tool for any local government, highlighting not only what the citizens need the most but also which practices are more effective. It’s not about creating new data but knowing how to identify and interpret the one that is available to you.

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