The Urbanist

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1 February 2018

Episode 329

30 minutes


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From night mayors and music czars to bicycle mayors and ministers of loneliness, we explore the unusual ways to make a city tick.

1 February 2018

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Chapter 1

9 minutes


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Chapter 1

Amsterdam’s bicycle mayor

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In June 2016 Amsterdam welcomed its first bicycle mayor as part of a programme co-ordinated by BYCS. Monocle’s Amsterdam correspondent Venetia Rainey hopped on her bike to meet the current mayor, Katelijne Boerma.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

US Board on Geographic Names

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This lesser-known federal body is responsible for surveying and providing data on places so that appropriate names can be chosen for them. We meet its executive secretary, Lou Yost.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Minister for loneliness

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Last month the UK government appointed its first-ever minister for loneliness. More than the role itself, this is an important gesture, as Sam Dick from the Campaign to End Loneliness​ explains.

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