The Urbanist

Reopening our cities

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25 June 2020

Episode 454

30 minutes


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As urban life slowly returns to normal, what sort of cities are we about to encounter? This week we look at the reopening of community centres and hear about plans to temporarily pedestrianise London’s Soho (and why that should be here to stay).

25 June 2020

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Chapter 1

8 minutes


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Chapter 1

London: pedestrianising Soho

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In order to help restaurants, bars and businesses to get back on their feet, a campaign is underway to turn the streets of London’s Soho into pedestrian zones. But what if the move were to become permanent? We hear from Ben Masterton-Smith, director of Transit Studio.

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Chapter 2

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Tokyo’s bars

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The state of emergency in Tokyo has been lifted but it’s too early to say that Tokyo’s bustling nightlife is back to normal. Customers are still wary of going out and bars have had to adapt to comply with safety regulations.

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Chapter 3

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Toronto: reopening community centres

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Canoe Landing Campus in downtown Toronto is one of the many community centres preparing to welcome visitors. This piece of community infrastructure houses schools, a recreation centre, childcare facilities and even a rooftop green space, accessible to those living in the densely built vertical residential properties surrounding it.

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