Catch a tram at the station and leave downtown behind. The Newark light rail service cuts away to the north, beyond Norfolk Street, Orange Street and into ramshackle suburbs. Clinging to the hand-straps, swaying in the aisle, we come rattling up the fringes of Branch Brook Park; four miles long and a quarter-mile across. The tram passes the lake, the bridge and the playing fields. It runs past a long blur of cherry trees, some 4,000 in all. Each springtime the trees explode in an abundance of colour; it is nature’s own version of the boom and bust cycle. Newark’s residents know the seasons. They have learned to enjoy the blossoms’ brief bloom. Here’s hoping it lasts longer, blooms brighter, the next time around. … [Read more...] about Wherever American cities are going, the battle will be won or lost in Newark, not New York
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Dock worker Hamad Said Al Rawahi says he considered leaving Duqm soon after he arrived as there was nothing to do or see. Now there are new streets and two hotels The project is the latest of a long line of plans stretching back to the 1980s aimed at developing and populating barren parts of Oman. Around 70% of the country’s population resides within a thin 150-mile-long coastal strip in the north near Muscat. The government now sees its hundreds of miles of unused coastline as full of economic potential. … [Read more...] about ‘Five years ago there was nothing’: inside Duqm, the city rising from the sand
BEST FOR DESIGN: HELSINKI With by the Baltic to the south and forest in every other direction, Helsinki is firmly rooted in its natural surroundings. It’s also the beating heart of Finland’s legendary design scene – and with careful planning it needn’t be extortionately expensive. A visit to the home of famed architect and designer Alvar Aalto’s offers a crash course on his architecture and the Finnish lifestyle in general. The Design District (designdistrict.fi) in the centre is the place to head for a creative hit – it’s choc-a-bloc with shops from jewellery to antiques. Even better than the Design Museum, is Artek furniture store, where design gems such as chairs by Aalto and Ilmari Tapiovaara can be tried out. Newly opened concept store Tre showcases young award-winning Finnish fashion from the likes of Samuji, R&H and R-Collection and objects by independent design studios. … [Read more...] about Move over Barcelona: four great alternative city breaks
Melbourne The Capital City Trail is a 30km well-marked route providing constant interest. We started beside Federation Square, having brought our bikes by train to Flinders Street. Going anticlockwise, start along the Yarra River, passing the cricket ground and the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park. The trail follows the route of the old Inner Circle railway, through Royal Park, home of the Melbourne Zoo, and you arrive back in centre via the new Docklands Precinct, passing the Maritime Museum and the vibrant business district. A fabulous ride with plenty of stop-off places.bicyclenetwork.com.auMauriceMc … [Read more...] about City cycle tours around the world: readers’ travel tips
Players now at their peak will probably find themselves in the twilight of their careers in two years. Sergio Agüero will be 32 in the summer and if he does not win the Champions League by 2022, it is unlikely to happen. Kyle Walker will be 30 this summer; Ilkay Gündogan and Kevin De Bruyne 29. I share a birthday with Riyad Mahrez, who is 29 on Friday. Which of these players will want to waste perhaps the last great years of their career when they could quite easily leave and go to another club where they can pursue fresh targets? What is there to keep them in Manchester beyond the concept of loyalty, which is something players are rightly applauded for but City’s are unlikely to feel that towards an organisation that has potentially let them down. … [Read more...] about Time passes fast in football, so will Manchester City players want to stay?