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By Grace Chua Reporter [email protected] At the World Cities Summit this week, New York City received the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for its transformation into a greater, greener metropolis. New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe , 55, gave a lecture describing what makes the city great. New York City of the 1970s and 80s was a run-down, crime-ridden place. "When I was young," said the native New Yorker, "a plan for New York City's future would have seemed incredible to say the least; New York City seemed unsafe, undesirable and hopeless." Today, 85 per cent of its residents live within ten minutes' walk of a park; the city has hundreds of kilometres of bicycle lanes; and outmoded infrastructure like abandoned rail lines is being put back into public use. One of those pieces of outmoded infrastructure is an elevated railway line that runs along Ma...

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