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A Three-Day Expedition To Walk Across Paris Entirely Underground
Journalist Will Hunt, who made the crossing with a group of urban explorers, recounts being menaced by rainwater and rats — and meeting fellow subterranean wanderers along the way.
urbanexploration  underground  personalaccount  Paris  France  Longreads  2019 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
The French Burglar Who Pulled Off His Generation’s Biggest Art Heist | The New Yorker
The skilled climber and thief Vjeran Tomic, whom the French press referred to as Spider-Man, has described robbery as an act of imagination.
VjeranTomic  crime  art  thief  Paris  France  NewYorker  2019 
12 weeks ago by inspiral
London one of worst capitals in Europe for clean, safe transport, study shows | UK news | The Guardian
UK capital has the most expensive public transport, second-worst air quality and is one of most dangerous to walk and cycle, study of 13 EU cities reveals
ranking  cities  Europe  London  Copenhagen  Amsterdam  Oslo  Zurich  Vienna  Madrid  Paris  Brussels  Budapest  Berlin  Moscow  Rome  pollution  publictransport  safety  mobility  review  WuppertalInstitute  Greenpeace  Guardian  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
Véliberté, egalité, fraternité: is Paris's once-seminal bike sharing out of date? | Cities | The Guardian
Ten years ago, Vélib revolutionised Paris and inspired the world. But a new operator, higher prices and a hi-tech competitor have shaken its confidence
Velib  cycling  bikeshare  Paris  review  Guardian  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Blowing in the wind: why do so many cities have poor east ends? | Cities | The Guardian
From London to Paris, New York to Helsinki, poverty tends to cluster in the east. A new study sheds light on this global pattern of poverty
urbandevelopment  cities  wind  pollution  wealth  socialclass  London  Paris  NewYork  review  research  Guardian  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Casual Gabberz are the Parisian collective making gabber cool again
Since its birth in Rotterdam in the early ‘90s, gabber has largely been derided by “serious” clubbers as as whizz-fueled music for puerile head-bangers. But forget what you’ve heard – a new generation of French gabber obsessives are pumping fresh blood into a maligned genre to bring a taste of gabber to a contemporary club audience. April Clare Welsh meets the Casual Gabberz.
CasualGabberz  gabber  music  dancemusic  Paris  France  FactMag  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
10 of the best luxury hostels in Europe | Travel | The Guardian
It is possible to enjoy a budget city break without compromising on comfort and facilities, as this selection from a new guide by Kash Bhattacharya shows
hostel  accommodation  tourist  guide  Paris  Venice  Amsterdam  Berlin  Seville  StPetersburg  Prague  Porto  Ljubljana  Rome  Guardian  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
When Paris Closed A Major Road To Cars, Half Its Traffic Just Disappeared | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Turning more space over to bikes and pedestrians means that drivers are finding reasons to ditch their vehicles.
transportpolicy  regulations  advocacy  automotive  opportunity  Paris  FastCompany  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
10 things you didn't know about Europe's tech scene | VentureBeat | Business | by Omar Mohout
So while Europe might be a single market, it’s definitely not a single tech scene. That fact makes it difficult to feel the pulse of the European tech. But if you take a close look, you’ll quickly notice that there is interesting stuff happening in Europe – to the point that we’re spotting young EUnicorns, the European answer to Silicon Valley’s unicorns! In order to get a good overview of the scene,, the non-profit I work for that maps Belgian tech startups, recently looked at all of the European tech companies that have raised at least $1 million in 2016. The data (you can view it here), which is comprised of more than 1,100 transactions from 30 countries, reveals 10 surprising insights. Here they are — the good, the bad, and the ugly of the old continent:
startup  review  fintech  Europe  London  Paris  Berlin  Stockholm  Barcelona  Munich  Amsterdam  Copenhagen  Dublin  Milan  Ghent  Krakow  Lausanne  Porto  Helsinki  UK  Germany  France  Sweden  Belgium  Ireland  Finland  Switzerland  university  accelerator  venturecapital  B2B  B2C  marketplace  Venturebeat  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
London fact of the day - Marginal REVOLUTION
London is the richest city in Europe.  Real output per person is central London is nearly four times the average in the European Union, and nearly twice that Europe’s other large, rich metropolitan areas, such as Amsterdam and Paris.  Strikingly, London is more than twice as rich as the next richest region within Britain.  However one slices it, the city is an extraordinary economic outlier.

That is from the forthcoming Work, Power and Status in the Twenty-First Century, by the always worth reading Ryan Avent.
London  economy  comparison  Paris  Amsterdam  author:RyanAvent  MarginalRevolution  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Which European financial centre would win at London's expense? - Marginal REVOLUTION
Paris recently made a bold pitch to woo City of London bankers in the event of Brexit. But, HSBC aside, most banks scoff at the idea that Paris would be a natural venue. Frankfurt, home of the European Central Bank and the financial capital of Europe’s biggest economy, is also problematic. As a small city with a population of less than 700,000 people, it is seen as provincial and unpopular with staff. Dublin is English-speaking and attractive on tax grounds, but it is a relative backwater. The most likely outcome is that foreign banks with large operations in London would shift their staff to a spread of eurozone locations where they already have operations — including Frankfurt, Dublin, Paris, Warsaw and Lisbon. That would fragment the financial services industry in Europe, potentially weakening the continent’s ability to compete internationally.
Brexit  financialservices  impact  Paris  Frankfurt  Europe  EuropeanUnion  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
In Praise of Uber — Monday Note
Regarding the controversy over how Uber treats its drivers: The forums may light up with accusations of slavery, but while many Uber drivers’ circumstances are less-than-cushy, I don’t see how the life of a rent-to-drive cabbie is much better. Also, Uber has given some unemployed people a first job that they couldn’t get before. Even in countries, such as France, that have a more generous unemployment safety net, a number of young people prefer the challenge of driving for Uber to staying on unemployment rolls. I’ve ridden with some of them.
Uber  ridesharing  startup  advocacy  author:JeanLouisGassee  SanFrancisco  Paris  MondayNote  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Uber: a route out of the French banlieues -
Ride-hailing apps have created jobs for Paris’s poorer youth, but a regulatory clampdown looms
Uber  ridesharing  banlieues  socialclass  immigration  socialmobility  Paris  France  regulations  review  FinancialTimes  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Twitter Creates New Emojis to Mark UN's COP21 Conference | Digital Trends
Twitter has introduced several new emojis activated by hashtags, in conjunction with the United Nations COP21 climate change summit in Paris.

Realizing the impact the high-level talks will have in regard to its platform, Twitter has attached the new emojis — which include an Eiffel Tower embedded in a green leaf (the summit’s official logo), a regular Eiffel Tower icon, and a heart-shaped earth — to the #COP21, #GOCOP21, #ActionDay, and #ClimateChange hashtags, respectively, reports Mashable. The Twitter Government handle sent out a tweet regarding the new emojis, which can be seen below.
Twitter  emoji  COP21  climatechange  conference  Paris  launch  DigitalTrends  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
EY’s attractiveness survey: Europe 2015 Comeback time
FDI inflows into Europe rose by 36% in 2014, the biggest increase among major regions. This year, investors have ranked Western Europe (50%) as the world’s most attractive FDI destination for the second year running.

The global uptick in M&A was mirrored in Europe, where companies began a wave of consolidation in financial services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and communications. The weakening of the euro, which has accelerated since year-end, has made many Continental European assets or investment projects more affordable, especially for those paying in dollars, pounds or Swiss francs.

But investors may also have reacted to the first signs of a long-overdue and multispeed European economic recovery that has since been confirmed, which is encouraging a rising wave of business investment across the region. In the final quarter of 2014, a sharp fall in energy prices also bolstered Europe’s attractiveness and stimulated its nascent economic recovery.
Europe  attractiveness  investment  foreigndirectinvestment  ranking  country  cities  UK  Germany  France  Spain  Belgium  Netherlands  Poland  Russia  Turkey  Ireland  London  Paris  Berlin  Frankfurt  Amsterdam  Brussels  Munich  Barcelona  Prague  Madrid  review  comparison  EY  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Where is the world's most polluted city? | Cities | The Guardian
UN organisation cannot compare or rank cities because many do not have the resources or political will to set up a monitoring system. Gary Fuller, an air pollution expert at Kings College, said continent-sized blank spots made it impossible to know where people were suffering the most.

“When we compare air pollution in cities, we only look at those with measurements,” he said. “This focuses our attention on big cities and the developed world. Initial attempts to measure air pollution from satellites have revealed more areas of the world with dense populations and high air pollution.”

Of the 1,622 cities covered in the WHO data, 510 are in two countries – the US and Canada. Just 16 are in Africa (half of these in relatively wealthy South Africa and Egypt). That’s 0.75% of the monitoring for 15% of the world’s population, an increasing number of whom live in high-risk cities. Latin America’s 604 million people are among the most heavily urbanised on earth. Their air is monitored in 109 cities. Across the Middle East, data is collected in just 24 cities.
pollution  cities  ranking  Delhi  Karachi  Peshwar  Beijing  Moscow  LosAngeles  Amsterdam  Paris  London  NewYork  Melbourne  comparison  RockefellerFoundation  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
The French Emergency | Jacobin
Sixty years ago, the French state of emergency was devised to wage a guerre sans nom. For those who superintended it, war was unavowable. Today the nation’s political class speaks of little else. The doomed, bloody counterinsurgency in Algeria nonetheless possessed a clearly articulated aim and even a vision of history: to defend French sovereignty in Africa, reconfigured so as to secure a national role in a post-imperial world.

At the time, French theorists of modern warfare favored an inversion of Carl von Clausewitz’s famous dictum, attributed to Lenin: politics as the continuation of war by other means. By comparison, France’s wars of the twenty-first century are remarkable for their strategic incoherence, amply on display in the Middle East: alliances with reactionary monarchies in the Gulf, enablement of a revanchist right in Israel, opportunistic support for authoritarian regimes in Iraq and Syria, collaboration — admitted or implicit — with disastrous American offensives in the region.
France  Paris  terrorism  politics  stateofemergency  history  Algeria  surveillance  Jacobin  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The tragically short half-life of online empathy - The Washington Post
Still, it makes one wonder: Is there a half-life to grief? And has the Internet shortened it, as it has all other things?
grief  internet  tragedy  time  Paris  terrorism  halflife  socialmedia  WashingtonPost  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Adam Shatz · Magical Thinking about Isis · LRB 3 December 2015
Now IS is unrivalled among jihadist groups, and no one knows quite what to do that won’t make the problem worse. Anything that can be done now risks being too little, too late. It’s true that IS is no match, militarily, for the West. The attacks of 13 November were in the anarchist tradition of the ‘propaganda of the deed’, and we shouldn’t fall for it: the social order of Europe isn’t in jeopardy. But it would also be a mistake to underestimate the problem. IS has managed to insert itself, with no small amount of cunning, and with acute sensitivity to feelings of humiliation, into two of the most intractable conflicts of our time: the relationship of European societies to their internal, Muslim ‘others’ and the sectarian power struggles that have engulfed the lands of Iraq and Syria since 2003.
ISIS  terrorism  Paris  France  internationalrelations  discrimination  Islam  Syria  SaudiArabia  LondonReviewofBooks  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees - The Washington Post
The very same refugees entering Europe are often the very same civilians who face the indiscriminate violence and cruel injustice in lands controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (though, it should be noted, many in Syria are also threatened by the brutal actions of the Syrian government). Globally, studies have shown that Muslims tend to make up the largest proportion of terror victims, with countries such as Syria and Iraq registering the highest toll.

If Muslim refugees come to Europe and are welcomed, it deeply undercuts the Islamic State's legitimacy. Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has helpfully catalogued some of the Islamic State's messages on the refugees pouring into Europe from the Middle East. The messages give the impression of deep discomfort and even jealousy that the Muslim population the Islamic State so covets for its self-proclaimed "caliphate" would rather live in "infidel" Western lands.
refugees  terrorism  ISIS  Paris  Syria  immigration  WashingtonPost  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Franco-Arabic Rappers in Paris
Franco-Arabic rappers of an Islamic persuasion are the talk of Paris right now, and for all the right reasons.
music  hiphop  CharlieHebdo  Paris  France  Islam  FactMag  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Should cyclists be allowed to run red lights? | Cities | The Guardian
Cyclists in Paris are now allowed to ride through red lights, and San Francisco is mulling a similar move. With the four main candidates for mayor considering just such a radical rewriting of the rulebook, could London be next?
cycling  safety  IdahoLaw  redlights  Paris  London  SanFrancisco  Guardian  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
The World's Most Influential Cities |
In order to quantify cities’ global influence, we looked at eight factors: the amount of foreign direct investment they have attracted; the concentration of corporate headquarters; how many particular business niches they dominate; air connectivity (ease of travel to other global cities); strength of producer services; financial services; technology and media power; and racial diversity. (Click here for a more detailed description of our methodology.) We found those factors particularly important in identifying rising stars that, someday, might challenge the current hegemony of our two top-ranked global cities, London and New York.
cities  ranking  influence  global  London  NewYork  Paris  Singapore  Tokyo  HongKong  Dubai  Beijing  Sydney  LosAngeles  SanFrancisco  Toronto  Zurich  Frankfurt  Houston  Amsterdam  Seoul  Washington  Shanghai  AbuDhabi  Chicago  Moscow  Boston  Brussels  Dallas  Madrid  Melbourne  SaoPaulo  Istanbul  Miami  Johannesburg  KualaLumpur  Mumbai  Bangkok  Delhi  Geneva  Atlanta  Berlin  Seattle  TelAviv  MexicoCity  Milan  Montreal  BuenosAires  Jakarta  Philadelphia  Cairo  Guangzhou  HoChiMinhCity  Lagos  Osaka  NewGeography  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Which Cities Get the Most Sleep? - The Numbers - WSJ
People in Melbourne sleep the most, people in Tokyo sleep the least, and Americans just need more sleep overall. Those are some of the findings from a vast new dataset released to The Wall Street Journal by Jawbone, the makers of the UP, a digitized wristband that tracks how its users move and sleep.
sleep  data  quantifiedself  cities  comparison  NewYork  Orlando  SanFrancisco  Beijing  Melbourne  London  Denver  Brisbane  Paris  Tokyo  Seoul  Dubai  Singapore  MexicoCity  Jawbone  WallStreetJournal  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The Pitchfork Guide to Paris | News | Pitchfork
With Pitchfork Music Festival Paris coming next week, we present a list of the best record stores, bars, sight-seeing spots, and more. Plus recommendations from artists playing the festival.
Paris  tourist  guide  travel  Pitchfork  2012 
may 2014 by inspiral
Paris's best bakeries - Telegraph
Where to find the best bakeries in Paris, for baguettes, loaves and traditional sandwich fare
Paris  tourist  bakery  guide  Telegraph  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
How safe are the world's cities for cyclists? | Life and style | The Guardian
German word for a shandy: Radler or "cyclist", because it just about keeps you sober enough to stay on your bike.
cycling  cities  review  Malmo  Delhi  Berlin  Beijing  Amsterdam  Paris  Moscow  Rome  Cairo  NewYork  TelAviv  LosAngeles  Guardian  2013 
november 2013 by inspiral

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