In Paris, the major east-west axis, from the Place de la Concorde to the Place de la Bastille, as given a temporary ‘coronapiste’ after the pandemic broke out. Mayor Anne Hidalgo has said that it will become permanent.
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The need for social distancing sparked a cycling boom, cutting air pollution and boosting city dwellers' mental and physical health. But when the pandemic ends, will it be back to life as usual?
Agnes MacGilvray as a young woman and in 2009 at the age of 101, enjoyed life to the full in New York in the 1930s.
The story of the Scottish diaspora has been well told in print. Now a new audio book brings emigrant stories to life in their own words.
Bronx Zoo elephant ‘Happy’ strolls inside the zoo’s Asia Habitat in New York.
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Happy has lived alone in captivity for 14 years, but a New York appeals court recently denied a legal effort to rehome her.
There are already reports that Trump is mulling a run in 2024.
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Only one American president – Grover Cleveland – has lost reelection and then won back his office.
The East India House, 1928. From ‘A History of Lloyd’s,’ by Charles Wright and C. Ernest Fayle.
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The coronavirus epidemic has made us all rethink our workspaces. But the needs of the times have always influenced the office space – whether for the colonial empire or a growing commerce.
States have tried shutting down bars and limiting restaurants to outdoor seating to slow the coronavirus’s spread.
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States have been experimenting with more targeted approaches to slow the coronavirus's spread. Two strategies stand out.
COVID-19 has spiked in ultra-Orthodox Jewish parts of New York City.
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Authorities have closed schools in some ultra-Orthodox areas of New York. The reasons for apparent noncompliance with public health guidelines are complicated, explains a cultural anthropologist.
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As the Black Lives Matter movement has , statues of figures linked to slavery have been removed. Such actions are just symbolic, however. What is at stake is the systemic transformation of the present.
The U.S. as a whole is facing a huge surge in coronavirus cases, but the differences between states like New York and Florida are striking.
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The recent spike in new coronavirus cases in the US is not due to a second wave, but simply the virus moving into new populations or surging in places that opened up too soon.
Infrastructure as art: Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede,’ c. 1670.
Are facilities that produce necessities like energy and clean water doomed to be ugly? Not when artists and landscape architects help design them.
For centuries, indigenous history has been largely told through a European lens.
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Modern dating techniques are providing new time frames for indigenous settlements in Northeast North America, free from the Eurocentric bias that previously led to incorrect assumptions.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, introduces a hand sanitizer manufactured by the state of New York.
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Incarcerated Americans have been tasked with washing hospital laundry, manufacturing protective equipment, disinfecting cleaning supplies and digging mass graves.
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It brought panic, fear and huge pressure on healthcare. Will we get it wrong again?
Who can and can't move and why is crucial to understanding the virus.
Telehealth gives patients at home access to doctors miles away, a huge benefit when resources are limited and travel is dangerous.
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The use and support for telehealth has never been higher in the US. Hospitals and patients are flocking to adopt the technology but regulatory roadblocks remain.
New York’s offer of incentives to Amazon to open a headquarters in the state faced significant opposition.
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The gap between rich and poor is at record levels in the U.S., yet it varies widely among the states. A political scientist explains why.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advocates for a $15 minimum wage in addition to tips in New York.
The restaurant industry as a whole hasn't been a huge supporter of the fight to increase minimum wage – but it should be.
A convenience store worker hands out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
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Which candies count as candy in the eyes of the tax law? The answer often depends on one ingredient.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is one of many emerging global metropolises that are struggling to protect residents against tobacco.
Rapidly growing metropolises like Beijing, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City are struggling to protect residents against tobacco. Life-saving policies in rich countries may be partially to blame.
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It was once seen as a public menace – now, skateboarding is a global sport that empowers young people to improve their cities.