German placemaking sets standard for new mayors, by Chris Brown

Last week I visited Berlin. It was fascinating to visit a city that, despite enormous financial constraints, is flying up the "most liveable city" league tables on the back of citizen-led housing, building heights that are generally limited to five or six storeys, trees, parks and public transport being treated as critical infrastructure, and great urban and landscape design. The authorities even officially support guerrilla gardening.

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