The Urbanist

DNC, World Fair and taxi sharing

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4 August 2016

Episode 251

30 minutes


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We hear from two mayors on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention on how to better connect local authorities with state and federal government. Plus: we hitch a ride in Beirut’s taxi-sharing system and reflect on the fact that it’s been a year since the World Fair packed its bags and left Milan.

4 August 2016

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

DNC and making better cities

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Although almost 80 per cent of the US population live in urban areas, only three paragraphs of the 55-page Democratic platform document is dedicated to building better cities. We speak with Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, South Carolina and Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, Ohio on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention.

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Chapter 2

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Beirut’s taxi-sharing system

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Beirut’s shared taxis – known locally as “servees” – are a cheap transport option, a window into the mood on the street and a unique space for conversation and chance encounters.

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Chapter 3

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Milan: urban legacy of the World Fair

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Officials have recently finalised plans for an ambitious effort to transform Milan’s World Fair site into a world-class technological and educational hub. In doing so they will alter the urban fabric of one of the city’s established neighbourhoods.

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