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Inside Copenhagens race to be the first carbon-neutral city

Green growth and hedonistic sustainability have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 and so far its all going according to plan We call it hedonistic sustainability, says Jacob Simonsen of the decision to put an artificial ski slope on the roof of the 485m Bjarke Ingels, its lead architect, hope will enhance the latest jewel in Copenhagens sustainability crown. The incinerator building also incorporates hiking and running trails, a street fitness gym and the worlds highest outdoor climbing wall,…

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Hipster-bashing in California: angry residents fight back against gentrification

In a country where house costs are twice the US average, artists and developers are feeling the ire of a developing motion to defend our homes and our culture Half a century after the summer of love and hippie harmony, California is experiencing a summertime of loathing and hipster-bashing. Not simply hipsters. Artists, techies, realtors, business owners, developers, everyone is seeming the rage of a burgeoning and in some cases radicalising anti-gentrification movement. In the Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights, objectors are targeting a new coffeehouse with placards, chants…

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Pedal-ins and car burials: what happened to America’s forgotten 1970s cycle boom?

Bicycle madness once recognized US bike auctions outstrip gondolas, and spawned ambitious a blueprint for 100,000 miles of cycle directions. Then the music stopped The bicycles biggest billow of notoriety in its 154 -year history, spurted Time magazine in 1970 at the start of Americas five-year love affair with the bicycle. Some 64 million fellow travellers are taking regularly to bikes these days, more than ever before, research reports persisted, and more than ever[ they are] remain convinced that two pedals are better than four. US bicycle auctions, which had…

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Endless cities: will China’s new urbanisation just mean more sprawl?

The announcement that new megacity Xiongan will be built near Beijing is the latest is making an effort to take pressure off Chinas biggest metropolises. Can it make? Wu Shuhua sells heydays from the back of her bicycle in the charming, tree-lined streets of Shanghais Xuhui district. Initially from a village in neighbouring Jiangsu province, Wu came to the prosperous eastern city for its abundant economic opportunities. But it isnt easy to make it big in Shanghai without education or associates. There are many flower marketers in the city two…

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Did Seattle’s mandatory helmet law kill off its bike-share scheme?

Seattle has become the first major US city to shut a public bicycle share programme. Was it the helmet constitution or the absence of cycle paths and the citys notorious hills and rain? A small-scale group of supporters, writers and a city councilman gathered at the end of last-place month to take Seattles cycle share motorcycles out for one last-place twisting. Mayor Ed Murray had gathered the plug on the Pronto system after two-and-a-half years of low-grade ridership, fiscal disturbances and dwindling political support. Sitting tall on the clunky, lime…

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