The Urbanist

New year, new city?

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12 January 2017

Episode 274

30 minutes


Photo: Andreas Jakwerth

It's a brand new year and with it comes change and resolutions – not just for us but for our cities too. We meet Rio de Janeiro’s new mayor, find out why it took nearly 100 years for a new subway extension to be added in New York and see how Vienna is using 2017 to abolish a very unusual tax.

12 January 2017

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Chapter 1

7 minutes


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Chapter 1

Rio's new mayor

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Just hours after the annual fireworks spectacle on Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro swore in Marcelo Crivella as its new mayor. Our correspondent Sheena Rossiter brings us up to speed on what the future holds.

7 minutes

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Chapter 2

6 minutes


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Vienna's new tax

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Vienna’s city hall has levied a tax on public entertainment since the early 1960s but it seems that 2017 has brought some positive change for the city. Monocle 24’s Alexei Korolyov reports.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

New York's new subway

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After nearly 100 years of planning and construction, New Yorkers can finally board a new subway extension known as the Second Avenue Subway. Our own Megan Billings tells us more about how it will affect the lives of commuters.

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