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People living in towns and cities have more debt

People living in towns and cities have more debt

Business
People living in urban areas have bigger debts than those in the countryside, according to a study by the City watchdog. It found unsecured debts in rural areas are generally lower with the average amount owed by a town or city resident over a £1,000 more (£3,600) compared with someone in a rural area (£2,510).It also found those in the countryside are less likely to be overdrawn or unable to clear their credit card balance each month than those in urban areas, who are also more likely to use high-cost loans.However, more than half (51%) of those in rural communities - which the study found tend to be older and are more likely to be retired - rely on their state pension to get by compared with 37% in urban areas.The survey of 13,000 adults by the Financial Co...
Tomorrow's Cities: Will the bike become an urban must-have?

Tomorrow's Cities: Will the bike become an urban must-have?

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device Cities around the world are turning to the bicycle to help solve congestion and pollution issues, as urbanisation increasingly puts pressure on traditional infrastructure.Fifteen years ago there were just four bike-sharing schemes in cities around the world, but now there are close to 1,000.Most require you to pick up and leave a bike at a designated area, but new "dockless" schemes from China are coming to cities around the world - and proving controversial. The first public bike-sharing scheme, Velib, launched in Paris in 2007, attracted 20 million users in its first year.As well as the obvious environmental benefits, it brought considera...
Tomorrow's Cities: How Barcelona shushed noise-makers with sensors

Tomorrow's Cities: How Barcelona shushed noise-makers with sensors

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device In the heart of the bustling city of Barcelona is a square that at first sight seems like an oasis of calm. The Plaza del Sol, as the name suggests, is a suntrap and the perfect place to while away a few hours.The problem is that the square is just too popular and for many of the city's young inhabitants has become the number one venue to meet friends and hang out until the small hours.One resident said it was like living in a permanent party.Even the shops around the square reflect its reputation for late-night carousing, selling beer, pizza and little else.The situation had become unbearable for those with apartments around the square, who have lived with unacceptable noise levels for the past 20 ...
Tomorrow's cities: Google's Toronto city built 'from the internet up'

Tomorrow's cities: Google's Toronto city built 'from the internet up'

Technology
On Toronto's Eastern waterfront, a new digital city is being built by Sidewalk Labs - a firm owned by Google's parent Alphabet.It hopes the project will become a model for 21st-Century urbanism.But the deal has been controversial, representing one of biggest ever tie-ups between a city and a large corporation.And that, coupled with the fact that the corporation in question is one of the largest tech firms in the world, is causing some unease. Sidewalk Labs promises to transform the disused waterfront area into a bustling mini metropolis, one built "from the internet up", although there is no timetable for when the city will actually be built.Dan Doctoroff, the company's ...
UK's most polluted towns and cities revealed

UK's most polluted towns and cities revealed

Health
More than 40 towns and cities in the UK are at or have exceeded air pollution limits set by the World Health Organization, its new report has found.The WHO data shows 31 areas have fine particle air pollution levels above 10 micrograms per cubic metre, with another 15 at that limit.Areas that exceeded the level include London and Manchester, with the Welsh steelworks town Port Talbot the worst.Dirty air can cause debilitating diseases and hasten death. Check the pollution in your areaThe figures on air pollution, contained in the WHO's global report, found Port Talbot had fine particle air pollution levels recorded at 18 micrograms per cubic metre, with the next most polluted UK areas being Scunthorpe and Salford on 15 micrograms.Fine air particle pollution is particularly bad for us, pen...