Puebla in the spotlight: the home of Cinco de Mayo

Hundreds of thousands of guests are descending on the city to witness historical reenactments celebrating the Mexican armys unlikely 1862 victory It is a popular misconception that Cinco de Mayo is a gala of Mexican independence( which is actually on the 16 September ). Instead, it celebrates an improbable military victory, when the Mexican army […]

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The 20 photographs of the week

Pollution in China, Europes refugee crisis, the aftermath of Storm Desmond the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Read more: www.theguardian.com

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Rosa Barba examines the everyday chaos of Sao Paulo’s ‘giant earthworm’ freeway

Shes explored cities around the world, and now the Italian artist has cast her eye on the Minhoco, a controversial badge of a splendidly untidy megalopolis In the center of the largest city in Latin America, amid a woodland of closely packed towers, snakes an elevated road of more than three kilometers, slicing from east […]

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‘Bike theft is not inevitable’: Vancouver rolls out a cycle crime revolution

Bike theft is the scourge of cyclists around the world, with riders, manufacturers and the law struggling to coordinate a response. That was until city cop Rob Brunt and Xbox pioneer J Allard devised Project 529 The bicycle was nothing impressive- an ageing mountain bike worth only a couple of hundred dollars- but Vancouver police […]

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The world is in Quito to discuss cities- but are local voices heard at Habitat III?

As many as 45,000 people are gathered in Ecuadors capital for the UNs future of cities summit. Inside the fence, speakers say greater inclusivity will make better cities for all but elsewhere in Quito, some residents are feeling shut out On a rare patch of open grass amid the vertiginous slopes of the river Machngara […]

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Taming ‘the worm’: how the Minhocao is Sao Paulo’s soul

On weekdays residents who live within feet of this sillines of Brazils military totalitarianism must put up with pollution and a constant roar but at other periods autoes are banned. In a city short on public space, the people take control ” I recollect when our street had trees on it. It was so nice […]

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What’s in the water? Pollution fears taint Rio’s picturesque bay ahead of Olympics

Untreated sewage and viruses in Guanabara Bay have led UN to advise athletes to spend as little time in the water as possible There can be few more beautiful city sights in the world than that from the Marina da Gloria, where the Rio 2016 Olympic sailing events will be launched this weekend. Look out […]

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A bike ride, smiles and a peace sign: footage proves Argentinians before truck attack

Ariel Erlij, Hernn Ferrucchi, Alejandro Pagnucco, Hernn Mendoza and Diego Angelini were celebrating the 30 th anniversary of their graduation in New York when the attacker struck Two days into their trip to celebrate the 30 th anniversary of their graduation from the school, the group of friends confiscated on the warm autumn day to […]

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