Urban abandon: In China, a growing number desert the megacities for provincial towns & villages

untitled3A New York Times article has reported on a fascinating new trend in China which, while not a threat to the frenzied urbanization plans of the Chinese government, attests to the alienation that many feel with the urban model that this country has adopted.

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Polish cities choke on nation’s addiction to coal

xxymena-0qPaVaHfGEk-hdDespite a city’s best intentions, national policies can often have the last word.

Krakow’s medieval UNESCO World Heritage sites and its stunning architectural palette of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches and buildings has made it a tourist magnet among Europe’s travelling classes. In glaring contrast the city now has a less endearing title to deal with: Europe’s third most polluted air.

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