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6 April 2017

Episode 286

25 minutes


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We discuss China’s plans to build a brand-new city three times the size of New York, hear how Serbia’s capital is preparing for a cycling revolution and examine the project trying to “beautify” Cairo’s downtown.

6 April 2017

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Chapter 1

6 minutes


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Chapter 1

From the ground up

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The Chinese government revealed that it plans to build a brand-new city, located 60-something miles south of Beijing. The Xiongan New Area is going to be three times the size of New York and has already sparked an increase in property prices in the region.

6 minutes

Chapter 2

7 minutes


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Chapter 2

Cairo: downtown makeover

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The Egyptian government has been trying to clean up the downtown area of Cairo and, while this might sound like an average “beautification” project, it somehow became political.

7 minutes

Chapter 3

8 minutes


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Chapter 3

Cycling on

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The Serbian capital has launched a new cycling strategy to get more people commuting on two wheels. Currently cyclists account for just 0.7 per cent of all urban traffic – the government wants to increase that number to 10 per cent.

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