Soul in the City (two-part series)

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One of the main principles of Intelligent Urbanism is conviviality. In theory, an example of good urban planning is a city that has plenty of green zones, areas where one can escape to meditate and contemplate. Such city should also have enough places for people to meet, and sit down for an intimate and peaceful conversation.

If we turn around and take a closer look, we'll find out that most cities in Canada have such hangouts, but in reality, many of us lead such busy lives that we rarely take advantage of them. And we tend to associate the idea of piece and solitude with the escape to the countryside.... or the cottage country.

This week on "And the Winner Is..." we bring you a special edition of Tapestry, called "Soul in the City". Host of Tapestry Mary Hynes talks with architects and pub-dwellers, designers and priests -- to examine how to find spirit in the noise, the confusion - the grit - of a busy metropolis.

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Listen to "Soul in the City - Part One" (aired on "And the Winner Is..." on July 26, 2010)

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Listen to "Soul in the City - Part Two" (aired on "And the Winner Is..." on August 2, 2010)

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