I read somewhere that Paris was considered the world’s capital in the 19th Century, New York in the 20th, and now London is making a case for the 21st. It certainly has all the flair of an international capital. It seems like every other conversation I overhear is in a language other than English. London’s modern design is an inspiration. It’s newest landmarks, the Tate Modern and the Gherkin, exemplify green-consciousness on a large scale. The former is an abandoned industrial power-plant converted into an art gallery. The latter, an egg-shaped office tower, utilizes the latest technology in green energy, maximizing natural light and temperature control. The space devoted to city parks in London is unmatched. Every other block seems to have a city square, and authorities limit the amount of vehicles within the city centre. If London succeeds in becoming the model global city, we may be heading in the right direction after all.


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