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If you think your city is doing all it can to make its public spaces pleasant for all residents, think again. From “pig’s ears” to the "Camden Bench", Frank Swain explores the "secret tricks" cities use to make spaces uncomfortable and unattractive.
Dec 4, 2013   BBC
<p>A new high-speed rail line has opened in China, just in time for the Olympics.</p>
Aug 6, 2008   BBC
<p>This is Mississippi's third year in a row topping CalorieLab's United States of Obesity report. The BBC goes to Jefferson County, MS to find out why.</p>
Aug 4, 2008   BBC
<p>In Kamikatsu, Japan, waste is not a problem -- mainly because new policies practically forbid it. But citizens have adapted to their new zero-waste lifestyle.</p>
Jul 15, 2008   BBC
<p>Vancouver's South East False Creek community is making the production of food one of the major aspects of its preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Its emphasis on local food production is a model other cities may look to follow.</p>
Jul 10, 2008   BBC
<p>Plans for redeveloping the World Trade Center site in Manhattan have been pushed back again, possibly to 2013.</p>
Jul 5, 2008   BBC
<p>The world's first moving building, a 80-storey tower with revolving floors giving an shifting shape, will be built in Dubai, its architect says.</p>
Jun 25, 2008   BBC
<p>Members of the British Parliament attempt to speed up the process for planning major projects. But some advocates and observers fear the public's voice will be muted.</p>
Jun 25, 2008   BBC
<p>London's underground subway system recently banned the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and to celebrate the last night of drunken train commuting, Londoners converged on trains to get hammered. They also got rowdy, assaulted and arrested.</p>
Jun 6, 2008   BBC
<p>With gas prices rising beyond the comfort zones of many drivers, ridership on L.A.'s train system has seen record highs in the early months of 2008. For many in the city, the price is prompting a major paradigm shift in terms of mobility.</p>
May 25, 2008   BBC
<p>Environmental activism is on the rise in China. It's not a fast rise, but its existence is seen by many as a major step.</p>
Apr 16, 2008   BBC