The Urbanist

New Year’s resolutions

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7 January 2016

Episode 221

27 minutes


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With our first show in 2016 come a few resolutions for cities. We discover what resolutions won’t be broken in Paris, find out how our personal ones can change cities for the better and ask if 2016 is the year New York finally does something about its airports. Plus we discover Hong Kong’s foodie resolution and chat with the Mayor of Melbourne about his hopes for his city in the next 12 months.

7 January 2016

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Chapter 1

Paris: resolutions for a bruised city

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It’s been exactly a year since gunmen barged into the offices of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and killed 12 people. Since then, the city has been on high alert, with additional attacks on a kosher supermarket and the devastating violence of 13 November. But as the city looks to the new year, residents say taking back the streets and enjoying life is more important now than ever.

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How personal resolutions can help our cities

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Almost every single one of us makes New Year’s resolutions, from eating healthily, doing more exercise or spending more time with family. But did you know that some of these resolutions are not only beneficial to you but also to your city? City planner and urbanist Brent Toderian explains how.

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Is 2016 the year New York finally makes its airports better?

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New York City’s airports are poorly designed, hard to access and outdated and are in need of a revamp. But does this look like a resolution the Big Apple will be able to keep?

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Mayor Robert Doyle on his resolutions for Melbourne

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Melbourne is a city often considered one of the most liveable in the world, having even ranked number four in our Quality of Life survey last year. So what resolutions can a successful city such as this one have?

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Hong Kong’s foodie resolution

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The city isn’t lacking in good chefs and culinary creativity but not everyone can afford a brick-and-mortar restaurant. This year, Hong Kong has made a foodie New Year’s resolution as the government prepares to launch a food-truck scheme. We explore this make-or-break idea.

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