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10 August 2017

Episode 304

26 minutes


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Bridges are meant to make our cities better connected but sometimes they highlight existing divides. We explore two very different examples in Lisbon and Budapest. Plus: a special report exploring the outskirts of London.

10 August 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Lisbon: river Tejo

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Integral to the city’s identity, for many centuries the Tejo acted as the gateway to the city and as a major transportation route. But it is also proving to be a barrier between an increasingly affluent Lisbon on the north bank and towns such as Barreiro and Montijo on the south.

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Chapter 2

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Budapest: party bridge

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When a Budapest bridge was temporarily closed down the city’s residents decided to take matters into their own hands and turn it into pop-up park. One year on, their liveability vision is forcing city hall to embrace plans for a more relaxed city. Our Design editor Nolan Giles went to Budapest to find out more.

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Chapter 3

Special report: outskirts

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We met up with John Grindrod one drizzly morning in July to discuss his new book ‘Outskirts’, find out more about the little-understood borderland between town and country, and go in search of the last street in London.

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