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How do you revive a city? This is what New York could learn from London

LA and London both prove the solution is good infrastructure, leadership—and getting a grip on traffic

By Andrew Adonis   August 2017

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

New York’s transport system is falling to bits. JFK airport is regularly described as third world, and the subway system has seen no major upgrades for decades. London, by contrast, is about to open the new east-west Crossrail line connecting Heathrow, the West End, the City and Canary Wharf. And a consensus is forming for further bold investments which—Brexit permitting—will make London the world’s infrastructure capital.

The high-speed HS2 line from London to Birmingham begins construction next year and will be completed by 2027. It…

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