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Sports, Style & Social Good: Why City Marathons Make Millions

As marathon season kicks off, what do cities stand to gain from bringing their streets to a halt for a day? If the trends in fitness, technology, fashion, and the experience economy are any indication, marathons bring much more to urban destinations than a few thousand athletes...
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Gurgaon Becomes Gurugram in India’s Latest City Renaming

What's in a name? A hot debate has emerged between Hindu nationalists and influential opposition players as the BJP government moves to rename what is widely considered one of India's most important business hubs, where hundreds of Fortune 500 have set up their Indian headquarters.
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Are Mobility Apps More Useful in Urban Crises Than Social Media?

The paradigm of passive, almost privacy-invading data collection has shifted into a new age of active, social data contribution - and it's mobility apps like Waze and Uber, not social mediums like Facebook and Twitter, that are harnessing the potential of this new era to provide a platform for relief organization and emergency information during disasters.
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Urban Farming: Panacea or Foodie Fad?

Chickens clucking on rooftops is hardly the picture of urbanization, but surprisingly – and largely thanks to the slow food movement and the rise of urban agriculture – it is a picture that many would like to see replicated across cities in Europe and America. This might seem surprising if you come from a megalopolis like Cairo, where rearing chickens in the city is hardly the picture that urbanites would like to associate themselves with.
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5 Egyptian Innovators in Renewable Energy

With year-round sunshine and abundance of recyclable waste produced annually, Egypt is the perfect breeding ground for energy innovations. We meet five such companies at a special event put on by the Dutch Embassy and District Co-Working Space in Cairo...
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Diamonds in the Desert: Cairo & Austin

Austin's growth has outpaced all other American cities over the last few years, thanks to a progressive city council and the flourishing of both their technology and creative industries. On the other side of the world, Downtown Cairo has historically been a meeting point for entrepreneurs, artist and intellectuals alike. In the last few years especially, the independent art scene and tech innovation in the Egyptian capital has been picking up serious steam. Here, we compare and contrast the two cities and wonder what each can learn from the other...