September 26th, 2011
08:48 PM GMT
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Chicago, normally known for its brutally cold winters, is preparing itself for wetter, hotter days - the results of climate change.

The Chicago Climate Action Plan is this city’s way to ease the impact of climate change. The plan includes basic ideas like introducing bike lanes to the more innovative like rooftop gardens.

Those behind the plan believe the city must take action now so Chicago will continue to be a comfortable place to live.

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September 22nd, 2011
07:31 PM GMT
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London (CNN) – The Chicago River started as a port for industry, helping the city's economy grow. But until recently, the river has been neglected, used as a dumping ground and filled with pollution and disease.

Now, Chicago is realizing the river’s potential, bringing it back to heath and developing it as a commercial asset by building a new river walk.

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September 13th, 2011
10:44 AM GMT
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With a population of more than 2.5 million people, Chicago is one of the largest cities in the U.S., behind New York and Los Angeles.

But the people here don't see themselves living in any city's shadow; To them, this so-called second city is first.

Chicago has always been visually distinct, and has raised its profile through film.

But the city realizes it will take more than just looks to keep the industry going.



September 5th, 2011
07:13 PM GMT
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From its skyscrapers to its bridges, amazing feats of engineering have made the  skyline of Chicago immediately identifiable and completely unforgettable. CNN's Richard Quest reports on the legacy of architecture in the Windy City.



August 29th, 2011
08:43 PM GMT
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Beirut is a city planning and building for the future, after going through many cycles of conflict and destruction.

It is an urban center with a proven ability to bounce back – and a resilience that goes hand in hand with the Lebanese 'live for the moment' attitude.

This 'joie de vivre' makes itself known at night, when the city's rooftops come to life.

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August 26th, 2011
09:58 AM GMT
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Despite being a major, cosmopolitan capital city, when it comes to finding your way around, Beirut operates on a unique and somewhat chaotic system: Street names are substituted with landmarks which may or may not have survived the city's many years of war.

But one young entrepreneur has a solution for Beirut - he has designed and produced the city's first comprehensive street atlas.

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August 8th, 2011
08:34 PM GMT
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After fifteen years of civil war, large parts of Beirut were reduced to rubble.

Many of the city's historic and traditional buildings were among those destroyed. Now, the buildings that did survive could get knocked down as part of the city's rebuilding.

Future Cities talks to one woman about her battle to save Beirut's heritage.



August 2nd, 2011
10:40 AM GMT
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Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East before 15 years of civil war ripped the city apart.

Then the country's late Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, established building company Soildere to recreate the city centre from scratch. The company created a glamorous new area in downtown Beirut, packed with luxury brands.

But Solidere remains controversial due its wide legal mandate, which gave it almost total control over the future of Beirut’s downtown area.

As the city continues to recover from the war, proponents such as Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati are trying to silence the critics.



July 26th, 2011
10:10 PM GMT
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Valencia was built on the banks of the river Turia, which was prone to flooding. After a disastrous flood in 1957, the river was redirected away from the city.

The dry riverbed now runs through the city like a green artery, and is used as a garden and host to spectacular buildings.

Now, a project is afoot to further beatify the strip.

A masterplan is being developed which will renovate the blocks which have been left derelict, creating a ‘Delta of Green’ that will unite the city to the sea.



July 18th, 2011
05:17 PM GMT
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Valencia is a city busy rejuvenating its age old industries in oranges and rice.

Farming these products is no longer as economically important, and industry leaders are rethinking how they approach business.

Among other innovations, the orange industry is turning its leftover peels into bio fuel.

CNN’s Richard Quest reports on the new approach, and what means for the city’s future.



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