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Whose city?

If the future of humanity lies in cities, says Dinyar Godrej, then it follows that inhabitants of every strata must have a right to it.

I was born in a city and have hopped to others over the course of my life, at times through choice, at others through necessity. When I was younger, I longed to live in Lo...

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Dinyar Godrej

Dinyar Godrej

City limits

Once the cold of winter has retreated, weekends in Rotterdam, where I live, are no longer safe for those who value peace and quiet. The city hosts free festivals and sporting events in quick succession, drawing huge crowds of both inhabitants and visitors to rejoice and be one.

The most ethnically diverse city of the ...


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There’s still time to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Can we pull it off? Hazel Healy makes the case for conditional optimism.

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The global free trade system is being battered like never before. Can any good come of it, asks Vanessa Baird in the first of an eight-article exploration?

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