The Future of Cities

The beauty contest to host Amazon’s ‘HQ2’; making transport more like Netflix; burying the idea of garbage; how politics shapes progress in China and India; the decline of the local press; and what to do with traces of terrible history

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Competition for ‘HQ2’ shows how hard it is to ensure city development benefits the poor

Ideology, centralisation and corruption set different paces of progress

With newspaper sales in freefall, analysts say civic life and accountability are at risk

What should be done with tainted buildings and monuments?

Technology enables seamless journeys and payment but threatens investment

Concern over the growing volume produced by cities is driving radical thinking

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