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Inspired by New York’s High Line, if not always copying it

By Grace Chua New York City’s High Line, a park built atop an abandoned elevated rail line, was such a success with the public — as well as real estate developers who built near it — that it’s inspired park projects around the world. Every month, it seems, another...

Why Copenhagen is building parks that can turn into ponds

By Athlyn Cathcart-Keays COPENHAGEN, Denmark — At first glance, the square known as Tåsinge Plads doesn’t look much different from other parks in Copenhagen. A young couple lounges on a small hill surrounded by newly planted trees and wildflowers. Children laugh and...

4 ideas from 4 continents: helping the blind navigate cities

By Grace Chua Getting around a busy city can be stressful for anyone, but it is especially a challenge for the blind and visually impaired. New technologies are helping, however — as is new thinking among some city leaders. In this installment of Citiscope’s “4 Ideas...

The ‘Grand Paris’ era begins

By Greg Scruggs PARIS, France — After the recent terrorist attacks here, followed by a whirlwind climate-change summit, it would be easy to miss an important administrative change that took effect this week aiming to change how Greater Paris is governed. Editors note:...

How a regulation turned Bologna’s civic pride into action

By Simone D’Antonio BOLOGNA, Italy — A few years ago, a group of women in their 50s living near Bologna’s Piazza Carducci grew tired of seeing paint chipping from worn-out benches in the square. They didn’t just complain to city officials. They made a generous...
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