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How to make a 24-hour city

London is struggling—but these three cities are truly vibrant 24/7

By Prospect Team   October 2018

Amsterdam or anywhere: the cities that make it work. Photo: Prospect composite

Amsterdam: The original 24-hour city

Amsterdam is widely seen as having elected the first ever formal “night mayor” when it appointed former club promoter Mirik Milan to the post in 2012, although the idea was first mooted as far back as 2002. Along with the late Amsterdam “day” mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, Milan managed to turn the capital’s popular nightlife scene from a source of nuisance, complaints and growing violence into a point of pride for…

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