What would the ultimate child-friendly city look like?

The reality for many urban children is too much time spent indoors playing on smartphones but a few cities are fighting the tide with innovative ways to keep children healthy, sociable and outdoors Imagine you are 10 years old. You live in a medium-sized city and want to visit your best friend, a five-minute walk […]

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Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents

The Catalan capitals revolutionary new strategy will curtail traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into citizen spaces for culture, leisure and the community In the latest endeavor from a big city to move away from automobile hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and […]

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Why being bilingual run wonders for your brain

Research suggests we may be predisposed to speak more than one language, and that doing so brings health benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, flinging terms back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more emphatic gesticulations and they occasionally […]

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‘Birth control is a political act’: the pre-Trump contraception rush starts now

In fear of what the new presidency will mean for reproductive rights, women in the US are racing to secure IUDs On Wednesday morning, gynecologist Deborah Ottenheimer went to work ascertained not to talk about the election. I never do that, she says. You merely never know where people are at. But as her doorways […]

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‘Be Best’: does Melania Trump’s curiously named initiative violate the laws of grammar?

A Guardian copy editor unpacks the central grammatical flaw in the first ladys new campaign. Is this[ the] best the White House can do? At the White House on Monday, Melania Trump unveiled a campaign to keep infants happy and healthy in today’s hyperconnected, often unsettling world. The name of this lofty and laudable endeavor? […]

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‘It’s not for me’: how San Francisco’s bike-share scheme became a emblem of gentrification

A bike-sharing strategy has sparked outrage and vandalism from the individuals who see it as designed for affluent, white professionals not locals A mutilated bicycle was spotted hanging in a tree on a San Francisco street. Another was dumped in a lagoon in Oakland. Nearby, a row of parked bikes had their tires slashed. The […]

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