Lacking Seoul? Why South Korea’s thriving capital is having an identity crisis

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From the confusing new slogan I.Seoul.U to the viral sensation of Gangnam Style an inside joke about the citys success that was lost on most foreign viewers Seoul is a city struggling to define its brand. But why? In November 2015, a much-publicised process of crowdsourcing ideas and putting them to a vote culminated in […]

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‘Always give up your seat for a monk’: the unspoken rules of public transport

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Our readers share the dos and donts of their regular commute from rush-hour gymnastics to gossiping with the driver Navigating public transport is daunting and often frustrating, but what happens when you hop on the metro in another city? How close is too close to stand next to your fellow passenger? And are you supposed […]

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Lima’s time bomb: how mudslides threaten the world’s great ‘self-built’ city

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Evangelina Chamorro became a symbol of hope after she survived being swept two miles in a mudslide but her story reveals the citys shaky foundations The extraordinary video of a Peruvian woman coated in mud emerging from a brown sea of pallets and wooden poles was viewed around the world. Evangelina Chamorro, who had been […]

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The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities

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Its no secret Donald Trump benefited from rural voters. But Democrat or Republican, they usually tell Katherine Cramer who has spent a decade visiting residents of small-town Wisconsin the same thing: its the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, too Joes voice takes on a […]

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

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Bicycle madness once saw US bike sales outstrip cars, and spawned ambitious plans for 100,000 miles of cycle paths. Then the music stopped The bicycles biggest wave of popularity in its 154-year history, gushed Time magazine in 1970 at the start of Americas five-year love affair with the bike. Some 64 million fellow travellers are […]

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The new horsemen: why American riot police embraced the bicycle

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As a new digital era of protest has dawned under Occupy and Trump, riot police across the US have embarked on a fundamental shift in crowd control Early last Saturday afternoon, under clear blue skies, a sparsely attended anti-sharia rally left the grounds of City Hall in Seattle, Washington. Until then, the attendees had been […]

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Instagram’s obsession with classic cars in front of retro architecture in pictures

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The #soloparking hashtag now has more than 240,000 posts. Why has a new generation of Instagrammers become obsessed with parked vintage cars? As cities #soloparking hashtag is perhaps the driving force behind the aesthetic, after starting out as an Joerg Nicht, a Berlin-based photographer responsible for another popular hashtags defining the obsession, end of the […]

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