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This month, the Olympic Games opens in Atlanta, generating millions of dollars for the city. But when the athletes head home, will the gold rush end?
Barcelona’s staging of the Olympic Games has provoked a rush of domestic and foreign investment into the city which, its authorities hope, will enable it to become a model European metropolis at the heart of the western Mediterranean economy
Political boycotts have not been the only threat to the success of the Los Angeles Olympics. Derek Elsom looks at the possible effects of smog on the Games

Cooling Chicago

Installing ‘green rooftops’ across Chicago – part of a comprehensive planning vision for the next few decades – could dramatically help the city’s attempts to prevent overheating
Liberating tourism innovation, or housing menace? How a Silicon Valley startup has substantially affected communities around the world
In the 2016 London Mayoral election, the city’s natural environment was high on the agenda. Geographical asks: does the capital have a green future, and what might it look like?
Chile aims to help meet its climate commitments by getting the Santiago Metro system to run mainly on renewable energy
Masdar City was supposed to open to tens of thousands residents this year. So what has happened to the UAE’s beacon of urban sustainability?

Reaching sky high

The world continued surging upwards in 2015, breaking records for the number of new tall buildings built in a single year
Can a vast waterfront development save Jakarta from the many perils of subsidence?
Ostrava is the Czech Republic’s ‘third city’, a former iron town striving to turn its story around by mining its industrial heritage and proximity to Russia for tourist gold

The Bristol Method

Not content with simply being European Green Capital for 2015, Bristol has unleashed a digital toolkit to help educate other cities around the world on urban sustainability and green living

Park life

New York’s latest environmental initiative aims to break open the city’s green spaces
Sarah Gilbert encounters a city once known only for drugs and violence that is being successfully reinvented as a social and artistic haven
Urban design and sustainable infrastructure will play a huge role in building a low-carbon global economy. But cities in one key player – China – have some significant differences to the rest of the world

Urban security

Preparing for a seemingly limitless number of future threats has become a major challenge for the world’s cities, and helping to build resilience into their infrastructure is their ultimate goal
Unchecked pollution from West African cities could harm health, affect food production, and even change the monsoon season warn scientists

London's new underground

Geographical heads beneath the surface to see how the Crossrail project is adding to London's historic subterranean transport network

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