Cities

How technology exacerbates the winner-takes-all effect

11 March 2017 9:00 am

I was exchanging emails with someone the other day and signed off with the sentence ‘let me know when you…

On the waterfront: The Deep, Hull

How Hull won me over

4 February 2017 9:00 am

James Walton finds a lot to love about this year’s City of Culture – even on a bleak January weekend

Grand visions: Birmingham’s Bull Ring shopping centre in 1965, a year after completion

Birmingham can be maddening – but culturally it has a lot to teach London

27 August 2016 9:00 am

On Saturday night, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra makes its first appearance at the BBC Proms under its new…

Cabbies’ enemy: a cable car across the favela

The first favela – and what it can tell you about Rio’s history

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Where are you going?’ demanded the boy on the wall. A walkie-talkie clipped to his denim shorts crackled, but there…

Is this LA?: Dilapidated deco in Downtown

The heart of Los Angeles feels like somewhere else entirely

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There’s a certain kind of Englishman who falls hard for Los Angeles. Men such as Graham Nash, who swapped the…

Bristol, the European capital of green nannying and bureaucracy

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Environmental nannying is wrecking my beloved Bristol

Osborne’s false prophet: why Jim O’Neill will never deliver a ‘northern powerhouse’

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Why Jim O’Neill isn’t fit to run the Northern Powerhouse

A reliable escape: Mikrolimano

Grim, generous, decaying and hip: the paradoxical charms of Athens

7 March 2015 9:00 am

My first visit to Athens as a student gave me a set of impressions that the present crisis has only…

The myth of the housing crisis

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The coalition is letting developers concrete over the countryside, but that won’t help young people buy houses

Hadrian on the Somerset levels

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Since the Somerset Levels are a flood plain, nature will flood it. Romans had no problems with that. Much of…

‘On Glasgow and Edinburgh', by Robert Crawford - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Glasgow and Edinburgh are so nearby that even in the 18th-century Adam Smith could breakfast in one city and be…

City of miracles

25 June 2011 12:00 am

A mysterious head injury left the young Ian Thomson unconscious in his flat in the Via Salaria. But decades later, his affection for Rome remains undiminished

Deep, dark mysteries

4 June 2011 12:00 am

For Peter Ackroyd, the subterranean world holds a potent allure.

The battle for the holy city

19 February 2011 12:00 am

In a tour de force of 500 pages of text Simon Sebag Montefiore, historian of Stalin and Potemkin, turns to a totally different subject: the city of Jerusalem.