Two wheels bad? Genoa’s scooter riders fight forbidding in birthplace of the Vespa

Italian citys mayor postpones daytime kerb of pre-1 999 motorcycles intended to reduce smog after #handsoffmyvespa social media campaign Scooter owneds in Genoa, birthplace of the Vespa, are celebrating a partial victory after the citys mayor deferred a ban on models rendered before 1999 intended to tackle pollution. The hashtag # handsoffmyvespa ran viral on…

A new New York? Manhattan’s oldest neighborhood goes car-free, kind of …

Cars restricted to 5mph over 60 blocks of Financial District at weekend, as transport department operates Shared Streets event inspired by Bogot and Paris A shadow is cast long upon New York by the ghost of Robert Moses, the titan master builder of 20 th century whose virtually unrivalled power to chart his vision of…

As Bangkok sinks, could this anti-flood park be the answer?

Vast underground reservoirs beneath the citys Centenary Park can store 1m gallons of water Bangkok is sinking- fast. As urban planning continues unabated, this city of more than 10 million people is get lower by 2cm a year, according to Greenpeace estimates. Meanwhile, the surface of the Gulf of Thailand is rising by 4mm a…

What’s the world’s loneliest city?

In Tokyo, you can rent a snuggle. Loneliness is a health issue in Manchester. And perhaps nobody is as isolated as a migrant worker in Shenzhen. But can we really know what makes a city lonely? New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness, if you have no inner stabiliser, wrote…

28 Delicious Dishes Around the World for$ 5 or Less

Despite the zigzagging American stock exchange, the developed world is in the midst of a return to luxury. Eateries in the U.S. are going formal again, posh conglomerates such as Kering SA are roaring back, and air travel has get fancier than ever. Those enjoying fat bonuses from 2017 can do some serious shopping. Yet…

How the person or persons of Mosul subverted Isis ‘apartheid’

In his second exclusive report from Mosul, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad hears from people who lived and worked through Islamic States occupation of Mosul The day Isis attacked Mosul, Wassan, an affable young doctor with a cherubic face, operated from the maternity ward to emergencies at Jimhoriya hospital. Injured civilians had begun pouring in. Wassan had just…

‘Don’t worry, I won’t kill you’: the strange boom in homeless tourism

From Prague to Los Angeles, tours led by homeless guides are demonstrating visitors the dark heart of familiar cities but does it help, or is it merely poverty porn? It is a Friday afternoon in late wintertime and I am standing outside Pragues central develop station, near a bronze statue of Woodrow Wilson, stripping to…

We’ve been mayors of New York, Paris and Rio. We know climate action starts with cities

If we want to reduce emissions, cities are key. But they need to be empowered if they are to have an impact The Paris climate agreement, already signed by more than 175 countries, was successful in large proportion because national governments distinguished cities progress in reducing carbon emissions. On Thursday, as world leaders gather in…

100 -year-old San Francisco woman dies one month after losing eviction battle

Iris Canadas opposed to stay in the home she had lived in for more than 50 years became a emblem of the citys housing crisis Iris Canada, a 100 -year-old woman whose eviction became a symbol of San Franciscos housing crisis, died on Saturday, one month after she lost her home. Canada, who died after…

Air pollution causes wrinkles and premature ageing, new research depicts

Toxic fumes may be the primary cause of scalp ageing in polluted cities such as London, New York and Beijing, scientists say Air pollution is prematurely ageing the faces of city dwellers by accelerating wrinkles and age places, according to emerging scientific research. The effects of toxic fumes on skin are being seen in both…