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‘Frontier City’ and missing links

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20 April 2017

Episode 288

30 minutes


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We speak to Shawn Micallef about his new book ‘Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness’, hear about Melbourne’s missing rail link and ask if Paris will be able to connect the city to its suburbs.

20 April 2017

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Chapter 1

‘Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness’

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It is difficult to grasp Toronto’s true size and scope until you spend a few hours walking through it, as the author Shawn Micallef argues in his new book ‘'Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness’.

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Reaching for the ’burbs

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In 2008, France launched the Greater Paris project in hopes of linking the city centre with the suburbs. But the monumental task of creating transportation that pleases all has come up against criticism.

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Melbourne’s missing link

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Melbourne is often touted as one of the world’s best cities for quality of life. But despite decades of planning, the city still does not have a rail link to the airport. This month, the Australian prime minister threw his support behind the latest attempt. Will it take off?

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