The world’s first neighbourhood built “from the internet up”

The world’s first neighbourhood built “from the internet up”

QUAYSIDE, a 12-acre (4.8-hectare) stretch of flood-prone land on Toronto’s eastern waterfront, is home to a vast, pothole-filled parking lot, low-slung buildings and huge soyabean silos—a crumbling vestige of the area’s bygone days as an industrial port. Many consider it an eyesore but for Sidewalk Labs, an “urban innovation” subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet,…

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Why Wembley might be sold

Why Wembley might be sold

The Stanley Matthews FA Cup Final of 1953. England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup. England’s performances in the European Championship of 1996 and the feeling of national renewal they engendered. These are among the defining moments in English football history. The link between them is their location: Wembley stadium. The old ground and its…

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Why is Swaziland’s king renaming his country?

Why is Swaziland’s king renaming his country?

THE King of Swaziland, Mswati III, has a problem. “Whenever we go abroad”, he says, “people refer to us as Switzerland.” So on April 18th, at a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain, the king announced that he was changing Swaziland’s name to eSwatini. (As an absolute monarch he can…

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Where will the next crisis occur?

Where will the next crisis occur?

INTEREST rates are heading higher and that is likely to put financial markets under strain. Investors and regulators would both dearly love to know where the next crisis will come from. What is the most likely culprit? Financial crises tend to involve one or more of these three ingredients: excessive borrowing, concentrated bets, and a…

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