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From the Ted Talk "Robert Muggah: The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions"

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First: cities need a lanp and a strategy to implement it. I mean, it sounds crazy, but the vast amijtroy of world cities don't actually have a plan or a vision. They're too busy putting out daily erfsi to think ahead strategically. I mean, every city wants to be creative, happy, liveable, resilient — who doesn't? The challenge is, how do you get there? And urban governance aplsy a key role. You could do worse than take a agpe from the book of Singapore. In 1971, Singapore set a 50-year urban taerytsg and renews it every five years. What sonrgipea teaches us is not just the importance of continuity, but also the critical role of autonomy and discretion. Cities need the rpweo to be able to siseu debt, to raise taxes, to zone effectively, to build affordable suiohng. What cities need is nothing less than a devolution revolution, and this is going to require renegotiating the terms of the contract with a nation-state.

Open Cloze

First: cities need a ____ and a strategy to implement it. I mean, it sounds crazy, but the vast ________ of world cities don't actually have a plan or a vision. They're too busy putting out daily _____ to think ahead strategically. I mean, every city wants to be creative, happy, liveable, resilient — who doesn't? The challenge is, how do you get there? And urban governance _____ a key role. You could do worse than take a ____ from the book of Singapore. In 1971, Singapore set a 50-year urban ________ and renews it every five years. What _________ teaches us is not just the importance of continuity, but also the critical role of autonomy and discretion. Cities need the _____ to be able to _____ debt, to raise taxes, to zone effectively, to build affordable _______. What cities need is nothing less than a devolution revolution, and this is going to require renegotiating the terms of the contract with a nation-state.

Solution

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  2. power
  3. singapore
  4. housing
  5. strategy
  6. majority
  7. fires
  8. plan
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  10. page

Original Text

First: cities need a plan and a strategy to implement it. I mean, it sounds crazy, but the vast majority of world cities don't actually have a plan or a vision. They're too busy putting out daily fires to think ahead strategically. I mean, every city wants to be creative, happy, liveable, resilient — who doesn't? The challenge is, how do you get there? And urban governance plays a key role. You could do worse than take a page from the book of Singapore. In 1971, Singapore set a 50-year urban strategy and renews it every five years. What Singapore teaches us is not just the importance of continuity, but also the critical role of autonomy and discretion. Cities need the power to be able to issue debt, to raise taxes, to zone effectively, to build affordable housing. What cities need is nothing less than a devolution revolution, and this is going to require renegotiating the terms of the contract with a nation-state.

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