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3 December 2015

Episode 216

30 minutes


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From cycle messengers in Lisbon to a family-owned company that delivers Scottish Christmas trees all around London, we discover how people around the world are getting their logistics sorted and how new demands transform our cities. Plus: we wrap up our series on the battle for New York’s public spaces.

3 December 2015

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Camisola Amarela in Lisbon

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With its seven hills and cobblestone streets, Lisbon might not seem the ideal city for a bicycle-messenger service. But Camisola Amarela, meaning “yellow jersey”, has been going strong since it launched in 2009. We meet co-founder Pedro Ventura and one of his star cyclists.

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Pines and Needles

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What could be more festive than delivering Christmas trees all around London? Family-owned company Pines and Needles does just that, growing trees in Scotland and bringing them to the city in December to fill it with Christmas spirit. We join them for a day of deliveries.

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Istanbul: Groceries in a basket

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What do you do when you’ve hauled your shopping home, unpacked and set to cooking only to realise you’ve forgotten the one spice to give your dish its kick? In Istanbul, there is a simple solution: you simply lean out of the window, call out to the grocer and lower your trusty basket on a rope to retrieve your delivery.

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Public spaces in New York: Times Square

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For the final instalment in our series we met Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, a non-profit that has been tasked with keeping the square vibrant and secure since 1992.

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